Quote for the Day: Serpent-like Sentences

“One accustoms himself to writing short sentences as a rule. At times he may indulge himself in a long one, but he will make sure that there are no folds in it, no vagueness, no parenthetical interruptions of its view as a whole; when he is done with it, it won’t be a sea-serpent with half of its arches under the water, it will be a torch-light procession.” (Mark Twain)


2 thoughts on “Quote for the Day: Serpent-like Sentences

  1. It’s from a letter to George Bainton, who published the citation in < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/Art-Authorship-Reminiscences-Personally-Contributed/dp/0548414394/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201800445&sr=1-3" REL="nofollow">The Art of Authorship<> (1890).And if you really like Twain quotes, don’t miss < HREF="http://www.dowse.com/articles/twains-quotes.html" REL="nofollow">this webpage<>. I love what he said to D.W. Bowser about adjectives.

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