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A Little Inaccuracy Can Go A Long Way

Posted by: leelefever on March 12, 2014- 9:57am

Categories: accuracy, Art of Explanation, freud, johnson, quote

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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a prolific English author who is most known for A Dictionary of the English Language (1755). He contributed extensively to what we know about writing and literature. Recently I came across a quote of his that really struck a chord with me: "In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness." Put another way: you can be concise or you can be accurate, but rarely both.  Indeed, the need or predilection to present information that... Continue Reading