We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.
Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.
One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
By writing quickly we are not brought to write well, but by writing well we are brought to write quickly.
From writing rapidly it does not result that one writes well, but from writing well it results that one writes rapidly.
Men of quality are in the wrong to undervalue, as they often do, the practise of a fair and quick hand in writing; for it is no immaterial accomplishment.
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