The desire for respectability is the censor’s natural ally.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Great literature inspires us to read; bad but celebrated literature inspires us to write.
Anybody can equivocate; ambiguity takes talent.
The soul of brevity is silence.
We read, and imagine we can write; and write, and imagine we can think.
You need not be anonymous as long as no one stupid can understand you.
At fifty everyone has the prose style he deserves.
Clear, brief, precise — choose two.
In good prose lies sound unnatural.
If journalism is the first draft of history, we know how far to trust history.