"If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, artist, politician
“If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-ninth of it being above water."
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
American author, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize/Nobel Prize winner
"If you have a point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
British politician, member of Parliament, and Prime Minister during World War II
"No other agency can penetrate so deeply, witness so daringly, abide so persistently and influence so irresistibly as the printed page."
Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952)
American missionary, traveler and scholar
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
American humorist, author, & novelist
"I never use a long word when a short one will do or an involved construction when a simple one will do or literary trickery when plain-speaking will do."
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992
Prolific American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
U.S. founding father and Renaissance man
"Don’t talk about it; write."
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
American science fiction writer
"Writing is the painting
of the voice."
Voltaire, aka François-Marie d'Arouet (1694–1778)
French writer and activist who helped define The Enlightenment
"The best leaders, almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols."
Thomas J. Peters, (b.1942)
American writer and business management expert
"The difference is slight, to the influence of an author,
whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand. If he
can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand."
Henry Adams (1838-1918)
American journalist, historian, academic, and novelist
"Books may preach when the author cannot, when the author
may not, when the author dares not, yea, and which is more, when the author is
Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)
Puritan non-conformist preacher and author
"Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as
long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on."
Buddy Ebsen (1908-2003)
American actor and star of The Beverly Hillbillies
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