Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Anton Chekhov
Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.
– Iris Murdoch
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and your writing will be just as it should be.
– Mark Twain
Cut out all those exclaimation marks. An exclaimation mark is like laughing at your own joke.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Laugh at your own jokes.
– Neil Gaiman