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Omit needless words. ...
by William Strunk, Jr.

Omit needless words.
- William Strunk, Jr.

It is worse to be irresolute than to be wrong.
- William Strunk, Jr.

Make definite assertions.
Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language.
- William Strunk, Jr.

Vigorous writing is concise.
- William Strunk, Jr.

 

If you don't know how to pronounce a word,
say it loud!
- William Strunk, Jr.

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.
- William Strunk, Jr.

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.
- William Strunk, Jr.

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Do what nobody else can do for you.
Omit to do anything else.
- Henry David Thoreau

I shall omit former particulars, and begin with informing the Reader,
that, in 1792, I was strangely visited,
by day and night, concerning what was coming upon the whole earth.
- Joanna Southcott

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do,
and more in the light of what they suffer.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Mr. Burns is a father symbol to me, and you can omit the word symbol.
- Bobby Darin

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

We are obliged, therefore, to say that whoever speaks
that which is foreign to religion is using many words,
while he who speaks the words of truth,
even should he go over the whole field and omit nothing,
is always speaking the one word.
- Origen

The Imperial German Government will not expect the
Government of the United States to omit any word or
any act necessary to the performance of its sacred
duty of maintaining the rights of the United States
and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment.
- William Jennings Bryan

You know the puritan ethic that started out four centuries ago in this country,
needless to say - at least for the moment -
a thing of the past -
from what I can tell.
- James Young

A tremendous amount of needless pain and suffering
can be eliminated by ensuring that health insurance
is universally available.
- Daniel Akaka

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.
- Edwin Way Teale

All defense secretaries in wartime have,
needless to say, made misjudgments.
- Bill Kristol

Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of
the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an
essential instrument of responsible journalism.
- Abe Fortas

It is needless to say how great has been the influence
of the doctrine of Evolution,
or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to
which it has given birth,
upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions.
- Goldwin Smith

When I first came to Hollywood I was told to go out
with an agent because it was good for my career.
So I went to a party with him because it was good for my 'career.'
Well,
he thought the whole thing was a big date.
Needless to say, I was very upset.
- Salma Hayek

When we believe that God is Father, we also believe
that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear.
We may not understand life any better,
but we will not resent life any longer.
- William Barclay

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality,
their own dream.
When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others,
you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Your love is more powerful
than your words or your actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Trust only movement.
Life happens at the level of events, not of words.
Trust movement.
- Alfred Adler

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
- Ayn Rand

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Actions speak louder than words.
- Proverb

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.
- Simon and Garfunkel

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

The magic words for a great family are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
- commonly but falsely attributed to Dr. Seuss,
this misquote consists of the Bernard Baruch quote,
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
with additional words added anonymously.

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are masters of the unsaid words,
but slaves of those we let slip out.
- Winston Churchill

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

Words which do not give the
light of Christ increase the darkness.
- Mother Teresa


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