Churchill's Plea for Brevity

Quote of the Day

Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

Source uncertain, often attributed to G. Pólya or P. Drábek (?).


Figure 1: Winston Churchill (Source).

Figure 1: Winston Churchill (Source).

I am stunned at the length of the product specifications I have to deal with today. Not many years ago, a laser driver specification might have 20 pages of text. Today, it is not unknown for a laser driver specification to go on for hundreds of pages. I really wish documents were shorter. I actually believe that the word processor has enabled people to write more with way too much ease.

It turns out this has been a problem for a long time. I recently saw a memo from Winston Churchill (Figure 1) on Quora about the need for brevity in communication. His message is timeless.

Figure 2: Churchill's Call For Brevity.

Figure 2: Churchill's Call For Brevity.

 
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1 Response to Churchill's Plea for Brevity

  1. Ken Connor says:

    Your posting reminded me of one of my favorite quotes (ironically, rarely translated the same way): "I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one." - Blaise Pascal

     

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