Prose Quotes

Most popular prose quotes

Good prose is like a windowpane.
Writing prose for a living is a life sentence.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
The best prose is written by authors who see their universe with a poet's eyes.
Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.
Always get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a great slab of prose at the start.

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Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better.
The poet Carolyn Kizer said to me recently, "Poets are interested mostly in death and commas," and I agreed.  Now I add: Prose writers are interested mostly in life and commas.
The breezy style is often the work of an egocentric, the person who imagines that everything that pops into his head is of general interest and that uninhibited prose creates high spirits and carries the day.