Too Many Words?

“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.”     —Professor William Strunk, Jr.

One thought on “Too Many Words?

  1. He forgot “and a society, no unnecessary citizens.” I’m a big fan of Lovecraft and Bradbury, both cited for using too many words, and of Mozart, decried for “using too many notes.” Art is not a machine and should not be compared to one.

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