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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Brevity saves time by having this all done in one simple and seamless process.
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It's a tidy package, but its brevity allows for only a taste of each subject.
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is a reference especially for hardcore fans and casual viewers alike of Japanese animated movies and television shows, usually called "anime" for brevity.
Expanding on his canine aversion, Roy recalled with a brevity that would impress an old time telegram operator: 'Dog gulped down gerbil.
They perform their function of introducing their subjects acceptably, but, in part because of their brevity, are often limited.
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This may help explain the brevity of my stay in show business.
Unfortunately, for the sake of brevity, some large steps in the development of equations and/or their application were taken, making some parts of the text difficult to follow for the uninitiated.
More accessible through their subject-matter and relative brevity are treatises on Prayer and Martyrdom.