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William Safire Quotes


An American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.
(1929 - )

Have a definite opinion.
 

I think we all have a need to know what we do not need to know.
 

If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.
 

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
[Speech]
 

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

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
 

Never assume the obvious is true.
 

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

When duty calls, that is when character counts.
[Character]