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F.L. Lucas

Most style is not honest enough.

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At Munich we sold the Czechs for a few months grace, but the disgrace will last as long as history.

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The only hope I can see for the future depends on a wiser and braver use of the reason, not a panic flight from it.

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Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails.

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And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.

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A man can make himself put down what comes, even if it seems nauseating nonsense; tomorrow some of it may not seem wholly nonsense at all.

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The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn... tired of common sense and civilization.

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Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.

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The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end. This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows, that last word continues, as it were, to reverberate in the reader's mind. It has, in fact, the last word.

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