Quotable Quotes 3

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) on conciseness:

I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.

Brevity and conciseness are signs of an organised mind; ramblings and vacuous statements are signs of an empty mind trying desperately to hide its emptiness from other people.

P/S: The Crick and Watson paper was one page long. If you have never read it, perhaps now is a good time.


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4 Responses to Quotable Quotes 3

  1. Sophos says:

    Urm… I think they had to quickly publish the paper because of competition? Haha. They later wrote a longer paper.

    • Tsung Fei says:

      Actually, it’s faster to write a long paper than a short one (there is a big difference between short and concise with short and superfluous). They were far away from their competitors because the helix model was already on their mind.

  2. jin yung says:

    speaking of conciseness… Paul Dirac came to my mind!

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