"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."
— E. B. White, “The Art of the Essay No. 1”. Interviewed by George Plimpton and Frank H. Crowther (via bruxcat)

"Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."
— from Strunk and White by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White