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    • You ask me why I do not write something....I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
      in Cecil Woodham-Smith, Florence Nightingale, 1951, by Florence Nightingale
    • A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
      "Politics and the English Language", 1946, by George Orwell
    • In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
      "Politics and the English Language", 1946, by George Orwell
    • I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
      "Lettres provinciales", letter 16, 1657, by Blaise Pascal
    • Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
      The Spying Heart, 1989, by Katherine Paterson
    • In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.
      Natural History, by Pliny the Elder
    • There is nothing to write about, you say. Well then, write and let me know just this - that there is nothing to write about; or tell me in the good old style if you are well. That's right. I am quite well.
      Letters, by Pliny the Younger
    • Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
    • I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud.
      Real Live Preacher weblog, 03-13-05, by Real Live Preacher
    • If you want to write you must have faith in yourself. Faith enough to believe that if a thing is true about you, it is likely true about many people. And if you can have faith in your integrity and your motives, then you can write about yourself without fear.
      Real Live Preacher weblog, 07-25-06, by Real Live Preacher
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