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Editing And Editors Quotes

Editing is the same as quarreling with writers -- same thing exactly.

Author: Harold Wallace Ross (1892-1951)

Profession: American Newspaper Editor

The waste basket is a writer's best friend.

Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

Profession: Polish-born American Journalist, Writer

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.

Author: Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)

Profession: American Lawyer, Politician

There is but one art, to omit.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Profession: Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, ''How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?'' and avoid ''How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?''

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator

Words and sentences are subject to revision; paragraphs and whole compositions are subjects of prevision.

Author: Barrett Wendell


There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.

Author: Elie Wiesel (1928)

Profession: Rumanian-born American Writer