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Witty quotes and pithy wisdom

May 10, 2012

This is the first of an occasional series of short items I think worth a quick read.

PIf I am to speak for ten minutes, I shall need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President

And another with the same thought.

Portrait of Mark TwainThe publisher sent the author a telegram reading:
NEED 2-PAGE SHORT STORY TWO DAYS.

The author sent back a telegram reading:
NO CAN DO 2 PAGES TWO DAYS. CAN DO 30 PAGES TWO DAYS. NEED 30 DAYS TO DO 2 PAGES

Mark Twain, author and humorist.

I especially like the Twain version here. The point, of course, is that it’s hard to be concise and simple–hard but really important.

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