Friday, December 19, 2008

so precious a thing

Brevity is not only the soul of wit, but the soul of making oneself agreeable and of getting on with people, and, indeed, of everything that makes life worth living. So precious a thing, however, cannot be got without more expense and trouble than most of us have the moral wealth to lay out.

Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler 98 (1912; repr. 1926).

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