Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

What to do about “exceptionally fine writing”

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

"Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it...and delete it before sending your manuscript to the press." Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

What are you reading?

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brevity and Clarity

Friday, March 27th, 2009

"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

Motivations for Writing

Friday, March 21st, 2008

  Sir, no man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.   ~ Samuel Johnson       Instead of marvelling with Johnson, how anything but profit should incite men to literary labour, I am rather surprised that mere emolument should induce them to labour so well.   ~ Thomas Green       Almost anyone can be an author; the business ...