In Sanskrit we call it our prana shakti, loosely translated in english would be our life force. Besides developing virtues in life what else do we need to succeed? We must also refrain from what vices like anger, lust, greed and envy. But is this enough? In ancient scriptures of the orient, it has been been heavily emphasized for each of us to conserve our breath.
We do lose a lot of our energy and spirit through breath. When we breathe heavily we exhaust ourselves and eventually shorten our life span. Our speech also uses our breath. So using fewer words ensures that we are saving our breath.
There is a saying “less is more”. A message that can be conveyed in fewer words does not need further explanation.