Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Dr. Seuss Says: Woe Be Unto the Writer
Who Breeds More Words Than He Needs

'It has often been said there's so much to be read,
you never can cram all those words in your head.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs
is making a chore for the reader who reads.
That's why my belief is the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh of the reader's relief is.'
--Dr. Seuss

4 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, Anonymous oddjobs said...

yeah, too bad mor of yur blogging colleegues dont read dr. zueus...

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'm hardly in a position to criticize anyone for writing too long. But I suppose that's part of why I was especially drawn to this passage. Mostly, he just says it in his signature style--with a musical rhyme to it, and with a memorable combination of words. Kind of instantly takes me back to childhood holiday season and watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the tube, admiring the artistry of the language almost as much as the wonderful images.

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

What a fun quote!

By the way, did you know that Richard Lederer will be the keynote speaker at Case's graduation ceremonies this year?

Give me a call sometime... Scott and I have some big news, and if you ever want to write my biography, you'll want to hear the story.

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Sandy, my fellow rise-before-dawner, I will indeed give you a call. But I know it will involve you guys moving to the west coast, the prospect of which only bums me out. As for Richard Lederer, I must confess I don't know anything about him--just a name that sounds faintly familiar, but only faintly. But Google will be filling me in with the full story shortly.

 

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