"The first rule, indeed by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style, is to have something to say."
"Suspect all your favorite sentences."
"Don't overwrite description in a story - you haven't got time."
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
"Have something to say and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style."
"…writing comes more easily if you have something to say."
"You fail only if you stop writing."
"Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing…."
"Words have weight, sound and appearance; it is only by considering these that you can write a sentence that is good to look at and good to listen to."
"Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer."
"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."