William Safire Quotes

Most popular William Safire Quotes

Never assume the obvious is true.
— William Safire


English is a stretch language; one size fits all.


A sense of duty is moral glue, constantly subject to stress.
— William Safire


The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.


No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet.
— William Safire

America diversity

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.


A dependent clause is like a dependent child: incapable of standing on its own but able to cause a lot of trouble.


Adjective salad is delicious, with each element contributing its individual and unique flavor; but a puree of adjective soup tastes yecchy.

parts of speech

Give your main clause a little space. Prose is not like boxing; the skilled writer deliberately telegraphs his punch, knowing that the reader wants to take the message directly on the chin.

writing advice punctuation grammar

If you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.  Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.