Good things when short are twice as

Good things, when short, are twice as good. ~Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, translated from SpanishBaltasar Gracian y Morales, Baltasar Graci?n y Morales

In composing as a general rule run

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style. ~Sydney Smith

In good prose says schlegel every word

“In good prose (says Schlegel) every word should be underlined!” that is, every word should be the right one; and then no one would be righter than another. There are no italics in Plato. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPVgb

My great grandfather used to say his wife

My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop. ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart