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It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.

Author: Renata Adler

Profession: American Author

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.

Author: Martin Amis (1949)

Profession: British Author

The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.

Author: Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

Profession: French Couturier

Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.

Author: Edna W. Chase

Profession:

Style is the dress of thoughts; and 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 if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

What is line? It is life. A line must live at each point along its course in such a way that the artist's presence makes itself felt above that of the model. With the writer, line takes precedence over form and content. It runs through the words he assembles. It strikes a continuous note unperceived by ear or eye. It is, in a way, the soul's style, and if the line ceases to have a life of its own, if it only describes an arabesque, the soul is missing and the writing dies.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

Style is the image of character.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body -- both go together, they can't be separated.

Author: Jean-Luc Godard (1930)

Profession: French Filmmaker, Author

I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

'Tis beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just IT. Some women will stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street.

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse

He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.

Author: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Profession: Swiss Artist

Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.

Author: Willem De Kooning (1904)

Profession: Dutch-born American Artist