Today I was looking through a small book that belonged to my grandfather, John Leyden. The book was published in 1903 and it is called ‘Mind your Mind.’ It is a small book and is the 1903 equivalent I suppose of a Book of Quotes. Some really great quotes in it and, thinking about writing, one of them struck me as something all writers need to remember.
‘Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but PLAINLY; for the end of speech is not Ostentation, but to be understood.’ William Penn. (the emphasis was in the book, it is not mine)
I continued looking through the book and found another quote from William Penn, not only pertinent to those who write!
‘If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.’
Here is a picture of the front cover of the book – I love the little owl in the corner, ‘I think.’