brevity is the soul of wit

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brevity is the soul of wit

Short stories and jokes make humor more accessible. Come on, get to the punchline—brevity is the soul of wit! Every young comic should be told that brevity is the soul of wit.
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Brevity is the soul of wit.

Prov. Jokes and humorous stories are funnier if they are short. Dale took ten minutes to tell that joke; he obviously doesn't know that brevity is the soul of wit. The comedian was in the middle of a long, tedious story when someone in the audience shouted, "Brevity is the soul of wit!"
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