Omit needless words.

“Omit needless words.”
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
William Strunk Jr. (Author), E. B. White “The Elements of Style.”

Inspired by a post today by Robert Scoble where he said:

“I will say this, it’s amazing that we’re listening to a guy who has an uglier Web site than I do.”

– Robert Scoble

and this:

“Steve Wozniak taught me to never say anything if I can’t say something nice about someone.”

– Robert Scoble

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2 Responses

  1. Love this quotation! Thanks for bringing it out!

  2. This is all I can think about lately.
    Chop, edit, chop, chop, chop.

    So funny that I stumbled here. Great quote.
    kim

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