Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
The chief virtue that language can have is clarity.
Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
The shorter and the plainer the better.
Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
Men of few words are the best men." (3.2.41)
A drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.
Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.
The most important lesson in the writing trade is that any manuscript is improved if you cut away the fat.
As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
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