Squib: writing simply takes time.

Here are more thoughts on writing simply, and how it takes time to do so. 

From Blaise Pascal

I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

From Henry David Thoreau:

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.   

From Marcus T. Cicero:

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

From Karl Friedrich Gauss:

You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.

From Friedrich Nietzsche:

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

From François Felelon:

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.

From Mark Twain:

If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today.  If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.

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