Apologies for the length

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.

Lettres Provinciales (Letter XVI)
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

or translated:

I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
(literally: I made this [letter] very long, because I did not have the leisure to make it shorter.)

(Such statements have also been attributed to Cicero, Mark Twain and T.S. Eliot, amongst others.)

Unfortunately, this is how I tend to feel about most things I write or pretty much every talk I give.

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One thought on “Apologies for the length

  1. Tom says:

    Inside every large program is a small program trying to get out.

    Tony Hoare

    (originally posted here)

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