Friday, November 21, 2008

On style

... no style is worth a farthing that is not calculated to be read out, or that is not allied to spirit of conversation, but I at the same time think the process of modulation and inflection may be quite as complete, or more so, without the external enunciation; and that an author had better try the effect of his sentences on his stomach than his ear.

A metaphysician must not be trusted with the melted butter.
-- William Hazlitt

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