Thursday, April 14, 2011

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing (4)

“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
~ Blaise Pascal (pictured)

“A word about 'plain English.' The phrase certainly shouldn’t connote drab and dreary language. Actually, plain English is typically quite interesting to read. It’s robust and direct – the opposite of gaudy, pretentious language. You achieve plain English when you use the simplest, most straightforward way of expressing an idea. You can still choose interesting words. But you’ll avoid fancy ones that have everyday replacements meaning precisely the same thing.”
~ Bryan A. Garner

“Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.”
~ Graham Greene

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

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