Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

ANTON CHEKHOV

 
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A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

George Orwell“Politics and the English Language”, 1946
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 – 1950)