by Andy Wood on June 4, 2012

in 100 Words, Life Currency, Words

The shortest correspondence in history had no words.

An exiled writer telegraphed his publisher in 1862 about public response to his latest book.

His message:  the single character “?”

The reply:  “!”

Victor Hugo understood, sometimes less is more.

The subject: the 1900-page timeless classic, Les Miserables.

Hugo also understood, sometimes more is more.

He remarked in the preface, “So long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.”

Apparently he was right.

Some stories take 1900 pages to tell.

Others need no words at all.

The best communicators have wisdom to know the difference.

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