Be brief, be pointed
Lucid in style and order
Spend no words on trifles
Strike but a few blows, strike them to the heart
Scattered fires smother in smoke and noise
Keep this your main guide
Short be your speech, your matter strong and clear
And leave off, leave off when done.
Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, referencing words and counsel from Justice Joseph Story, in David C. Frederick’s The Art of Oral Advocacy ix-x (West 2003).