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Quotations for Writers

The short words are best, and the short, old words are the best of all.
Winston Churchill

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Mark Twain

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
William Strunk, Jr.

The greatest of all talents is never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson

No one will ever say, “I’m sorry, your message was simply too clear.”
David Brooks

To overcome writer’s block, get something--anything--down on paper. Don’t wait for perfection to issue forth. Since the key to good writing is rewriting, give yourself something to edit.
James C. Freund

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
Mark Twain

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.
James Michener

Read every sentence aloud to yourself. Nothing which your own ear is dissatisfied with should stand.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau