Brevity is the soul of wit
This page is about the saying "Brevity is the soul of wit"
The real art of speaking (especially when speaking humorously) is to use as few words as possible.
brevity (noun): shortness of time; use of few but exact words | soul (noun): the spiritual part of something; the essence of something | wit (noun): lively, keen intelligence; ability to use words creatively and for humour
Origin: This proverb is based on the words of Polonius in "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare (1564-1616):
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief...
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Contributor: Josef Essberger