Quotations by William Safire

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Born: Tuesday, December 17, 1929
Died: Sunday, September 27, 2009 (79 years old)
Profession: Author
Nationality: American


Have a definite opinion.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Opinion)

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

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.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Work, Repetition)

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Apathy, Care, Ignorance, Speech)

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Work, Appreciation, Delight)

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Cliches)

Never assume the obvious is true.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Obvious)

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire
(Keywords: Right)







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