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Words to ponder


									Savvy advice from writers:

“A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem like a
happy accident.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“Go on till you come to the end; then stop.” – Lewis Carroll

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool
and unruffled under all circumstances.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Knowing where you’re going is all you need to get there.” – Carl Frederick

“The more you say, the less people remember.” – Anatole France

“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.” – Dionysius

“When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on
the language of the first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.”
 -- Bernard Baruch

“Never, never, never quit.” -- Winston Churchill

“The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.” -- Erica Jong

“Grammar, rhetoric and logic enrich enormously the phenomenon of being alive.”
-- George Santayana

“Stick to the point and cut.” --- W. Somerset Maugham

“Nothing is easy to the unwilling.” -- Nikki Giovanni

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

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.”
-- Sol Saks

“Wordiness enshrouds meaning in a fog of confusion.” -- Richard Lederer

“Writing improves in direct ratio to the things we can keep out of it that shouldn’t
be there.” -- William Zinsser
“ Never compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” -- Betty Ford

“Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.”
-- Gertrude Stein

“I love the sound of words being spoken. When you read a book aloud you really
pick up every word. You hear the rhythm of every sentence.” -- Steve Martin

“It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.” -- Nancy Thayer

“I always write a good first line but I have trouble in writing the others.” -- Molière

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -- Theodore Roosevelt

“Take a chance. All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is generally the
one who is willing to do and dare. The ‘sure thing’ boat never gets far from the
-- Dale Carnegie

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
-- Thomas Edison

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -- Albert Einstein

“Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the
-- Marilyn Ferguson

“All serious daring starts from within.” -- Eudora Welty

“Action is eloquence.” -- William Shakespeare

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will
make one.”
-- Ellen Hubbard

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader-- not the fact that it’s
raining but the feel of being rained upon.” -- E.L. Doctorow

“It is the ability to choose which makes us human.” -- Madeleine L’Engle

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Speak as common people do but think as wise men do.” -- Aristotle

“Be assured that you’ll always have time for the things you put first. -- Liane Steele

“You are an unknown quantity for only 120 seconds. After that everything you say
will be heard in the context of the impression from your first two minutes.”
-- David Peoples

“People will pay more to be entertained than educated.” -- Johnny Carson

“No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose
attitude is patronizing.” -- E.B. White

“The road to the heart is the ear.” -- Voltaire

“Short words are best. Old short words are best of all.” -- Winston Churchill

“Good writing is good manners. You can both please and help your public only
when you learn how to be the first victim of your writing, how to anticipate a
reader’s difficulties, and to hear yourself as others hear you.” -- Richie R. Ward

“Anything that isn’t writing is easy.” -- Jimmy Breslin

“If you can’t write your idea on the back of a business card, you don’t know what
your idea is.” -- Maxwell Perkins

“Grammar is to a writer what anatomy is to a sculptor, or the scales to a
musician. You may loathe it, it may bore you, but nothing will replace it, and once
mastered it will support you like a rock.” -- B.J. Chute

“When in doubt, strike it out.” -- Mark Twain

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” -- Albert Einstein

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple-- that’s creativity.” -- Charles Mingus

“If you are going to doubt, doubt your limits.” -- Don Ward

“Things seen are mightier than things heard.” -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Trouble in writing clearly reflects troubled thinking, usually an incomplete grasp
of the facts or their meaning.” -- Barbara Tuchman

“Great is the act of beginning; but greater is the act of ending.”
-- Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

“Writing a first paragraph is like raising a first child. It’s better if you start out on
the second.” -- Lynn Z. Bloom

“English is a remarkably clear, flexible, and useful language. We should use it in
all of our communications.” -- Daniel O’Neal, Jr.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have rewritten often several times-- every word I have ever published. My
pencils outlast their erasers.” -- Vladimir Nabokov

“The shortest distance between two people is a smile.” -- Victor Borge

“You can write about anything, and if you write well enough, even the reader with
no intrinsic interest in the subject will become involved.” -- Tracy Kidder

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.” -- John Steinbeck

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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