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Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James (1843-1916) American author.

Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

There is but one art, to omit.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist.

Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.