Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing

Here are a few thought-provoking quotations of general interest to writers.

“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 spurting out ink.”
~ George Orwell

“It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (pictured)

“Simple illiteracy is no basis for linguistic evolution.”
~ Dwight MacDonald

The Takeaway: Keep an open mind. Have a great day.

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