Usually, by the time a person says, "Well, to make a long story short," it's
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they
are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Former president Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words. Once, at a White
House dinner, a woman approached Coolidge and said, "Mr. President, I have a bet with
a friend that I can get you to say at least three words." Coolidge looked at her and
said, "You lose."
Quoted in MBI's Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.39.