funny quotation

When someone has found the perfect assembly of words to make a point, why reinvent the wheel?

Let me share with you some of my favourite quotations about writing and language. They either make their points crystal clear in a few simple words, or they say it in beautiful language. You’ll see what I mean.

Here we go.

“No story ever lost impact by being told in plain English.” – Keith Waterhouse

“I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.” – Matt Groening

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” – Jeff Mallett

“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.” – C.S. Lewis

“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.” – Oscar Wilde

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” – N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” – Winston S. Churchill.

“Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.” Franz Kafka

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anaïs Nin

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” Saul Bellow

“Always be a poet, even in prose.” – Charles Baudelaire

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” Ernest Hemingway

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” Thomas Jefferson

Aren’t they fabulous? I admit to being envious of these people.

Do you have a favourite quote? I’ve love it if you shared it with me in the comments below.