For Writers of English as a Second Language
- Write simply.
- KISS: "Keep It Super-Simple."
- Be brief. Do not say "In brief" or "briefly" or "In view of the limitations imposed on me by publishing this study in a journal, I cannot do justice to the entire history of the human race that led to the momentous occasion of me telling you what I think."
- Do not stuff too many details into one sentence. Exposition is the art of providing your readers with all of the information they need in order to understand the point you want to make. "Virtue is the mean between extremes." You must not supply too much or too little information.
- The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
- “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Writing is an art, not a science. A passage that is formally correct in every aspect, obeying all of the rules of grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling, may still be wretched.
- The classroom is "a behavior modification lab, where ... one practices child-centered strategies that optimize the personological variables of interactive relationships, thus producing awareness enhancement."
- "Babel Builders," a review of The Graves of Academe by Richard Mitchell (Akadine Press), Time Magazine, December 7, 1981, p. 104.