Thursday, October 14, 2010

Writers' Quotes

Do not put statements in the negative form.

And don't start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

De-accession euphemisms.

If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"


  1. Haha. Good ones.
    Reminds me of Strunk and White (I think its Strunk...I know its White)

    I'm sure you've heard this G.K. Chesterton one:
    "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."

  2. Ending a sentence with a prepositiion is an impropriety up with which I will not put.

    -Winston Churchill

  3. These are great as are the ones in the comments. Wish I could think of one to add.

  4. Beware. Blanket statements are always wrong.

  5. Autantonym statements are always fun, aren't they.