An aphorism requires assembly without instructions.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
One writes so as not to be interrupted.
Brevity is admired: prolixity is paid.
The great contemporary leveller of class distinctions is automated spell-checking.
Imitation is the most sincere, but parody is the most flattering.
I regret all of my exclamation points, most of my semicolons, half of my em-dashes, some of my question marks, and none of my periods.
Reading, unless it’s for writing, is high-class idling.
Elaboration annoys the clever without satisfying the dim.
When you list four sources in a footnote, you have forty; when you list three, you have three.
To write is to attempt to assemble a serviceable cottage from the ruins of the castle of thought.