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Your language becomes clear and strong, not when you can no longer add a sentence, but when you can no longer take away from it.
No iron can stab the heart with such force as a full stop put just at the right place.
No steel can pierce the human heart so chillingly as a period at the right moment.
Forget for a while that you have glasses on your nose and autumn in your heart.
Now a man talks frankly only with his wife, at night, with the blanket over his head.
A phrase is born into the world both good and bad at the same time. The secret lies in a slight, an almost invisible twist. The lever should rest in your hand, getting warm, and you can only turn it once, not twice.
The right to write badly was the privilege we widely used.
Speaking of silence, we can't help talking about me, the past master of this genre.
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July 1, 1894
January 27, 1940
Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer.
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