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Subject:Being brief From:David Ibbetson <ibbetson -at- idirect -dot- com> To:Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L <TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu> Date:Sat, 13 Jan 1996 20:54:27 -0400
K. Watkins asked the source of "I am sorry to write such a long letter, but
I did not have time to make it shorter."
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations ascribes it to Blaise Pascal. "Je n'ai
fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire
plus courte." and translates: "I have made this [letter] longer than usual,
only because I have not the time to make it shorter."--Lettres Provinciales
(1657) no. 16