Vigorous writing is concise

In honor of National Grammar Day, here’s a quote from William Strunk, Jr., one author of the very influential “The Elements of Style.” You may like this book, and you may not, but it would be hard to dislike this piece of advice. It has guided me well for over a decade.

Vigorous writing is concise. 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.

– William Strunk, Jr.

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