And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shape and give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.

– William Shakespeare

The secret of being boring is to say everything.

– Voltaire

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.

– Mark Twain

I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort.

– Clarice Lispector

I like good strong words that mean something.

– Louisa May Alcott

Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

– Aldous Huxley

It is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

– Robert Southey

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, now that’s creativity.

– Charles Mingus

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

– Jack Kerouac

She always wanted words, she loved them: grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.

Michael Ondaatje
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