Writers on Writing: Mark Twain

He should’ve been a TV writer:

Not the way we usually envision Sam Clemens but still, the way he once looked

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
– Letter to Emeline Beach, 10 Feb 1868

via Gwyneth