Saving on words brings about critical thinking. The more you economize, the more you ponder over every word you say. You end up committing less blunders and slips. Remember that you can never take back your words once you’ve said them.
Saving on words keeps you enigmatic and interesting. It makes your audience think more about the few, meaningful words you said--and they end up ingesting and understanding your message more. They end up hanging on to every word you say.
Saving on words makes you more intimidating. Keeping your cards to yourself helps you appear wiser and stronger than you actually are.
A lawyer was orienting a witness for an important testimony--and suddenly asks if he can see the witness’ watch. The latter, without thinking, told the time. The lawyer rebuked the witness, saying that he only wanted to see the watch, and was not at all interested in knowing the time. He then explained that in the witness’ stand, during a cross-examination, other lawyers will ask tricky questions, and if the witness isn’t careful, he might say unnecessary things that may totally discredit his honor and integrity.
Louis XIV was aware of this. When confronted by his advisers and ministers with many decisions, he refused to give comments and insights on the issues at hand--he simply said, “I shall see,” and acted on his own will. This quality of his is said to be the key to his power at that time.
Here, we can see how brevity is indeed the soul of wit. We must always remember though, that the choice is still in us to be as clear, or as ambiguous as we intend to be.
-Ricaredo S. Andres II (Eric) HI 18 Section N