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In what he leaves unsaid I discover a master of style.

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.

It is equally true of the pen as the pencil, that what is drawn from life and the heart alone bears the impress of immortality.

Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.

Lxnig sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.

Neat, not gaudy.

Nothing is so difficult as the apparent ease of a clear and flowing style. - Those graces which, from their presumed facility, encourage all to attempt to imitate them, are usually the most inimitable.

Obscurity and affectation are the two great faults of style. Obscurity of expression generally springs from confusion of ideas; and the same wish to dazzle, at any cost, which produces affectation in the manner of a writer, is likely to produce sophistry in his reasoning.

Obscurity in writing is commonly a proof of darkness in the mind; the greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness.

One who uses many periods is a philosopher; many interrogations, a student; many exclamations, a fanatic.

Perhaps that is nearly the perfection of good writing which effects that for knowledge which the lens effects for the sunbeam when it condenses its brightness in order to increase its force.

Perspicuity is the framework of profound thoughts.

Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity and affectation are the two greatest faults of style.

Style is a man's own; it is a part of his nature.

Style is only the frame to hold our thoughts. It is like the sash of a window, if heavy it will obscure the light. The object is to have as little sash as will hold the light, that we may not think of the former, but have the latter.

Style is the dress of thoughts; let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well proportioned, would be if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.

Style is the gossamer on which the seeds of truth float through the world.

Style may be defined, "proper words in proper places."

The least degree of ambiguity, which leaves the mind in suspense as to the meaning, ought to be avoided with the greatest care.

The lively phraseology of Montesquieu was the result of long meditation. His words, as light as wings, bear on them grave reflections.

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