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 I love quotes. The ability to pack so much into a few words fascinates me.  Here are ten of the many writing quotes I have collected over the years. I have to admit, Mark Twain’s quotes are probably my favorites in this group.

  • I try to leave out the parts that people skip—Elmore Leonard
  • A good title should be like a metaphor; it should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious—Walker Percy
  • When you catch a adjective, kill it—Mark Twain
  • Cut out all those exclamation marks. And exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke—F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightening and the lightening bug—Mark Twain
  • In conversation you can use timing, a look, inflection, pauses. But on the page all you have is commas, dashes, the amount of syllables in a word. When I write I read everything out loud to get the right rhythm—Fran Lebowiz
  • There is only one trait that marks the writer. He is always watching. It’s a kind of trick of the mind he is born with—Morley Callaghan
  • Often you must turn your stylus to erase, if you hope to write anything worth a second reading—Horace
  • The greatest thing in style is to have command of metaphor—Aristotle

Do you have a favorite writing quote?