Emile Lahoud: Democracy, good governance and modernity

“Democracy, good governance and modernity cannot be imported or imposed from outside a country.”
—Emile Lahoud.

John Grimond: Desophistication

‘Most writers I know have tales to tell of being mangled by
editors and mauled by fact-checkers, and naturally it is the
flagrant instances they choose to single out – absurdities,
outright distortions of meaning, glaring errors. But most of
the damage done is a good deal less spectacular. It consists of
small changes (usually too boring to describe to anyone else)
that flatten a writer’s style, slow down his argument, neutralise
his irony; that ruin the rhythm of a sentence or the balance
of paragraph; that deaden the tone that makes the music. I
sometimes think of the process as one of “desophistication”.’
—John Grimond.

George Orwell: Scrupulous writer

“A scrupulous
writer in every sentence that he writes will
ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say?
What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it
clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will
probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I
said anything that is avoidably ugly?”

—George Orwell.

Mark Twain: Torch-light procession

“At times he may indulge himself with a long one, but he will make
sure there are no folds in it, no vaguenesses, no parenthetical
interruptions of its view as a whole; when he has 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.