Confession: Figaro doesn’t tweet. He barely chirps. But he’s not anti-Twitter. Some people see Twitter as yet more proof of the downfall of civilization. When we confine our profoundest thoughts to 140 characters, aren’t we walling in thought itself?
I’d argue that a great one-liner need not replace longer-form thinking. Nor does short always mean bad, and long good; read any Bulwer-Lytton novels lately? The ancient Greeks, those paragons of civilization, fell over each other in attempts to create the perfect one-liner.
Between you and me, it’s really about ways to come up with memorable one-liners. Which is what figures are really all about.
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