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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Brief
 
Brief, boy, brief!
        Fletcher.—The Woman Hater, Act I. Scene 2.
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We must be brief when traitors brave the field.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 3. (Richard to Ratcliffe.)
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1.  ’Tis brief, my lord,
2.  As woman’s love.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (Hamlet and Ophelia at the Play.)
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Brevity is the soul of wit.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Polonius to the King and Queen.)
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