The difference between the almost right word

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.  ~Mark Twain, letter to George Bainton, 1888 (Thanks, Andrew & Barbara), variation of Josh Billings’ "Don’t mistake vivacity for wit, thare iz about az much difference az thare iz between lightning and a lightning bug."

The writer writes in order to teach

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax.  ~Alfred Kazin, Think, February 1963LCD; In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself; to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratifications, is a curious anticlimax. ~Alfred Kazin, DR, LCE