William Safire Quotes

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William Safire Quotes

What a joy it is to see really professional media manipulation.
— William Safire —

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

— William Safire

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.

— William Safire

To be accused of 'channeling' is to be dismissed as a ventriloquist's live dummy, derogated at not having a mind of one's own.

— William Safire

Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership's exquisite sensitivity.

— William Safire

The most fun in breaking a rule is in knowing what rule you're breaking.

— William Safire

A dependent clause is like a dependent child: incapable of standing on its own but able to cause a lot of trouble.

— William Safire

Color and bite permeate a language designed to rally many men, to destroy some, and to change the minds of others.

— William Safire

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