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Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? and avoid How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?

Words and sentences are subject to revision; paragraphs and whole compositions are subjects of prevision.
The waste basket is a writer's best friend.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
In art economy is always beauty.
I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.
When in doubt, delete it.
The work was like peeling an onion. The outer skin came off with difficulty... but in no time you'd be down to its innards, tears streaming from your eyes as more and more beautiful reductions became possible.
Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
There is but one art, to omit.
Editing is the same as quarreling with writers -- same thing exactly.
There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.

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