Best 52 Quotes & Tweets on Clarity

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1

Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

The Art of Twitter is to communicate compressed knowledge with clarity and precision.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

4

As a founder, your primary product is clarity.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

Writing is the antidote to confusion.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

The hardest part of solving a problem is accurately defining it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

8

Communication is less about adding things, and more about ruthlessly subtracting every single element that fails to increase the clarity of your message

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

9

Options reveal themselves after starting. If you feel uncertain in the beginning—join the club. Nobody starts with all the answers. The path to the summit is not fully visible from base camp.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

People often believe their opinions are well thought out when they are merely "well felt out." We easily mistake strong feelings for strong thoughts. Feelings are important, but if you can't state your opinion clearly, then you haven't thought it through yet.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

Try to sound smart and your writing won’t be clear. Try to write clearly and you will sound smart. Write to express, not to impress.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

12

Writing for clarity and persuasion ... 1. Grab the reader with the first sentence. 2. Remove unnecessary words. 3. Keep things simple (write for a grade 8). 4. Short sentences are better. 5. Active voice is easier to process than passive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

Three things that put you on the path to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

My philosophy of writing: • Write every day. • Write in public to improve the quality of your thinking. • Write for clarity, not to impress people. • Write about your curiosities. You don’t need to be an expert. • Write for the most intelligent person you know.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

15

Cheatsheet for writing better tweets: • One idea per tweet • Write for clarity first • Write for wit second • Delete superfluous words • Use analogies when possible • Bad formatting can ruin a great tweet

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

16

Most people are bad writers, but excellent text messagers. Their writing is bad because they try to sound smart once they open Microsoft Word. But when they text, they write with clarity and enthusiasm. If you’re stuck, write like you’re sending an important text message.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

17

If you want clarity on what matters, imagine the thoughts you'll have on your last day. What matters? - How you treat people - How you love - Whether you live true to yourself - A calm mind The rest is noise.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

Just because I disagree with someone doesn't mean I can't still be impressed with the clarity of their thinking

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

19

Easy way to structure your writing. Start by writing down five things: 1) A one-sentence summary 2) First sentence 3) Opening message 4) Concluding message 5) Last sentence As you edit, make sure every idea relates to all five elements. Readers will thank you for your clarity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

20

Checklist for online writing: • Remove every unnecessary word • Focus on clarity, not cleverness • If a sentence bores your reader, delete it • Make your reader smarter • Treat every word like it’s on trial for its life • Write like you’re talking to a friend at a bar

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

21

I’ve reviewed thousands of products Without fail, it’s the products built by people for themselves that continue to win Why? When you are the customer you don’t have to guess what people want Customer focus, incentive clarity & a razor sharp point-of-view creates great product

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

22

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

23

Write to clarify your thoughts. Publish to help others clarify theirs.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

24

If you don’t think you’re a good writer, I have three recommendations for you: 1) Write for clarity, not to impress people. 2) Start taking notes: Writing is easier when you save your ideas. 3) Nail the basics: Shorten your sentences and write like you’re talking to a friend.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

26

An uncharitable but very useful view of your potential users are ultimately that they are lazy, not very smart, and totally selfish. So if that's the case, the only way our product can see success is if it's easy, clear/understandable, and totally satisfies a fundamental need.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

27

Rule for communication: Shorten your introduction. Shorter introductions will improve your emails. Shorter introductions will improve your essays. Shorter introductions will improve your speeches. Get to the point.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

28

When you edit your sentences, remember the acronym CLEAR. 1) Connect to the previous sentence. 2) Link to the following sentence. 3) Eliminate anything that adds confusion. 4) Add colorful details. 5) Remove unnecessary words. Make your writing CLEAR — one sentence at a time.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

29

Write for clarity, not to impress people. The quality of your writing will skyrocket once you stop trying to sound smart.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

Successful people go to great lengths to make success appear simple and obvious.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

31

Does the sentence "Install the app to set up your device and create an account" scare you? It sure scares me. To me it means "You will spend the next hour dealing with complicated things that don't work."

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

32

I have never voluntarily looked at a startup's deck. As soon as a founder starts to open their laptop, I ask them to stop, and just tell me in words what their startup does.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

33

Bringing clarity to your team is leadership.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

34

Writing education falls into two buckets: 1. Analyzing literature and writing 5-paragraph essays. 2. Communicating ideas in clear, simple and convincing ways. Schools focus on Bucket #1 at the expense of Bucket #2 because; Writing education is shaped by PhD English programs.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

35

Write before you're an expert on a subject. Writing forces you to clarify your ideas and motivates you to accelerate your learning. By sharing what you learn, you'll attract experts who will share their knowledge with you. The more you publish, the faster you'll learn.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

Thinking is made clearer by doing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

37

Want to improve your writing skills? My unconventional advice: Skip the usual books and learn copywriting. Copywriters write with clarity and simplicity. No fluff. They get straight to the point. Strong recommend.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

38

Tweeting is writing. Writing organizes your thoughts. Organizing your thoughts clarifies your thoughts. Clarifying your thoughts improves your thinking. Tweeting improves your thinking.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

How to immediately improve your social media writing: • Be clear • Be casual • Be concise

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

40

Meetings are too easy to create. When you add up employee salaries, they cost hundreds of dollars per hour. People should have to pitch big meetings. They should write detailed memos that show effort and clarity of thought. The meeting only happens if the pitch is good.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

41

Your messaging — above all else — has to be clear. If you can also be funny, be funny. But if you can’t do both, always choose clarity over humor.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

42

Write to express, not to impress. One idea per sentence, one idea per paragraph. Resist the urge to create complexity by using big words and long sentences like the one I'm typing right now which is getting too long, so it's confusing. Be clear. Be simple. Aim for clarity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

43

Clarity is satisfying.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

44

Loading your writing with jargon, clichés, technical terms, and abbreviations makes your audience guess what you’re trying to tell them Your job is to convey your ideas as clearly as possible so that there is no room for misinterpretation

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

45

Writing clearly is like untangling headphone wires.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

46

Being clever in your copy only matters if you’re also being clear

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

47

Social media buzzwords like “authenticity”, “thought-leadership”, or “snackable” have all been rendered meaningless because they have been co-opted by charlatans Increase clarity by defining terms like these for yourself

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

48

We radically undervalue the leverage that comes from communicating clearly and effectively. A single sentence describing your value proposition is the difference between customers beating down your door, or the bank repossessing your house.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

49

Lately we’ve been writing out product stories and sketching in tandem. It makes a world of difference. The sketching creates a sense of visual freedom and playfulness while the writing forces precision and clarity with the logic. Give it a try, you’ll see.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

50

Most academic writing is bad, so most writing teachers teach you how to write poorly. Good writing is communicating interesting ideas clearly and concisely. It’s that simple.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell