Monday, December 28, 2009

""Ah done felt the melancholy pull at my heart..." (one Rev. Osmondius, allegedly)

"""Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.""
George Orwell

"""The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.""" ~Mark Twain

"""The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.""" ~Mark Twain

"You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say." F. Scott Fitzgerald (a point Rev. Osmondius never quite grasped...)

"""As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out."" ~Mark Twain.

“Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.”
Henry Louis Mencken

"""Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.""" ~Flannery O'Connor

""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."GEORGE ORWELL

Squirt out some mo' ink, Osmondius the Cuttlefish.

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