Sunday, September 27

Quotes by William Safire (1929-2009)

"Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight."

"The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right."

"Never assume the obvious is true."

"If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing"

"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."

"Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."

(ht Tyler, NYT obit here)

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