As we reach the end of the semester, most of us are extremely busy editing our literary papers, poems, and stories.

Here are a few quotes I hope you will find inspirational:

I never write ‘metropolis’ for seven cents when I can write ‘city’ and get paid the same.” –Mark Twain

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” –George Orwell

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” –William Butler Yeats

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.” –Joan Didion

“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

“I believe more in the scissors that I do in the pencil.” –Truman Capote

“The role of writer’s is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” –Anais Nin

*What are some of your favorite quotes on writing/editing?

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  • Joel Miller

    Love that Bukowski quote Just Another Riggio Student. I’m gonna swipe it for my own purposes.

  • just another riggio student

    “There is a time to stop reading, there is a time to STOP trying to WRITE, there is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation of ART out on its whore-ass.” –Charles Bukowski