“It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things that we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure of.”

– John Cleese

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

-Jodi Picoult


“Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. “

-Nathaniel Hawthorne


“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. “

            -Thomas Mann


“Vigorous writing is concise.”

            -William Strunk Jr.


“If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams — the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”

            -Robert Southey


“Use soft words and hard arguments. “

            -English Proverb


“Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”

            -John Ruskin


“Things don’t fall apart. Things hold. Lines connect in thin ways that last and last and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept.”

            -Lucille Clifton


“‘Careful with fire’ is good advice we know.

‘Careful with words’ is ten times doubly so.”

            -William Carleton


“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

            -William Shakespeare



“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

            -Oscar Wilde


“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very;’ otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”

            -C. S. Lewis


“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'”

            -Winnie the Pooh


“Don’t fit in. Stand out. And if something pisses you off, write about it.”

            -Isaac Sweeney


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