The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
—Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain (1835–1910) via a letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888


Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not understood.
Henry Miller (1891–1980)


Brevity is the soul of wit.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) via (Polonius in Hamlet)

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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