The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.
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- Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
- You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don’t labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.
- You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.
- Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
- One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.
- Make a good use of the present.