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Good writing is clear thinking made visible. Bill Wheeler#Authors 199
Bill Wheeler#Authors 199
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. Henry David Thoreau#Authors 91
Henry David Thoreau#Authors 91
Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked. Judy Holliday#Authors 80
Judy Holliday#Authors 80
A writer and nothing else; a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. John K. Hutchens#Authors 78
John K. Hutchens#Authors 78
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity. William Zinsser#Authors 76
William Zinsser#Authors 76
Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements. Samuel Johnson#Authors 71
Samuel Johnson#Authors 71
The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention. Ezra Pound#Authors 70
Ezra Pound#Authors 70
Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives. Vladimir Nabokov#Authors 68
Vladimir Nabokov#Authors 68
In general I do not draw well with literary men -- not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication. Lord (George Gordon) Byron#Authors 68
Lord (George Gordon) Byron#Authors 68
I no more thought of style or literary excellence than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house, thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist. Harriet Beecher Stowe#Authors 68
Harriet Beecher Stowe#Authors 68
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