Some Favorite Quotes About Editing and Writing

I just sit at the typewriter and curse a bit.
—P.G. Wodehouse on his writing technique

She felt in italics and thought in capitals.
—Henry James

It’s a wise dog that scratches his own fleas.
—William Strunk

Math is hard.

Try to preserve an author’s style if he is an author and has a style.
—Wolcott Gibbs

That’s not writing, that’s typing.
—Truman Capote, on the work of Jack Kerouac

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
—T.S. Eliot
Writing wisdom from the late Bill Walsh, the much-admired copy editor at the Washington Post.


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