Quotes by Henry Watson Fowler

June 21st, 2007

Any one who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.

Henry Watson Fowler and Francis George Fowler, The King’s English, Oxford, 1931, p. 11


June 13th, 2004

What is to be deprecated is the notion that one can improve one’s style by using stylish words, or that important occasions necessarily demand important words.

Henry Watson Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, 2nd ed., Oxford, 1965, p. 717