Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Quote of the Day, 8/23/06

In honor of "Words on Wednesday" I offer the following thoughts on "right words." And a howdy and thank you to Douglas from Quote Puzzler for pointing out the Twain quote!
Joseph Conrad
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.

Mark Twain
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning- bug and the lightning.

Dorothy Parker
As artists they’re rot, but as providers they’re oil wells; they gush. Norris said she never wrote a story unless it was fun to do. I understand Ferber whistles at her typewriter. And there was that poor sucker Flaubert rolling around on his floor for three days looking for the right word.

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