Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Brief, boy, brief!
Fletcher.—The Woman Hater, Act I. Scene 2.

We must be brief when traitors brave the field.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 3. (Richard to Ratcliffe.)

1.’Tis brief, my lord,
2.As woman’s love.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (Hamlet and Ophelia at the Play.)

Brevity is the soul of wit.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Polonius to the King and Queen.)