Witty quotes and pithy wisdom
This is the first of an occasional series of short items I think worth a quick read.
If 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.
The 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.