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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, soul, and wit

Brevity is the soul of wit.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on brevity, effort, life, and strength

Travelers, it is late. Life's sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on brevity, community, complaints, death, force, future, generations, happiness, joy, life, nature, privilege, purpose, selfishness, work, and world

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, choice, confusion, darkness, death, dreams, earth, friendship, heaven, history, love, power, sympathy, and war

Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth. But, either it was different in blood,- Or else it stood upon the choice of friends,- Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, scene i.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, soul, and wit

Brevity is the soul of wit

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet, excerpt

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, day, death, life, and time

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth, Act V, scene v.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on angels, anger, authority, brevity, and heaven

Man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, As make the angels weep.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Act 2, Scene 2

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, soul, and wit

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief:

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2. 1602

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity and life

Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Macbeth, Act V, scene v.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on brevity, certainty, dreams, heart, kindness, kiss, love, passion, thinking, women, and worth

Never give all the heart, for love Will hardly seem worth thinking of To passionate women if it seem Certain, and they never dream That it fades out from kiss to kiss For everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind delight.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. Never Give All the Heart

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