Precision

Famous quotes containing the word precision:

    We are often struck by the force and precision of style to which hard-working men, unpracticed in writing, easily attain when required to make the effort. As if plainness and vigor and sincerity, the ornaments of style, were better learned on the farm and in the workshop than in the schools. The sentences written by such rude hands are nervous and tough, like hardened thongs, the sinews of the deer, or the roots of the pine.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Some authorities hold that the young ought not to lie at all. That, of course, is putting it rather stronger than necessary; still, while I cannot go quite so far as that, I do maintain, and I believe I am right, that the young ought to be temperate in the use of this great art until practice and experience shall give them that confidence, elegance and precision which alone can make the accomplishment graceful and profitable.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    How should the world be luckier if this house,
    Where passion and precision have been one
    Time out of mind, became too ruinous
    To breed the lidless eye that loves the sun?
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)