See The Throat, And Latch On To It

The Roman lawyer and government official Pliny the Younger wrote a fascinating letter to the historian Cornelius Tacitus that has fortunately been preserved for posterity (Letters I.20).  The topic discussed is whether it is better to deliver a long speech, or a short one.  Pliny says he has often debated this subject with a learned friend who believes conciseness in public speech is the best policy. 

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