Mark Twain: Better and Better

The more I read Mark Twain the more I like him.

When it comes to talking about the best kind of writing, no one’s said it better than he did:

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself. . . . Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
~ (Letter to Emeline Beach, February 1868)

 

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