The Scientific Indian

Sartre on Writing

Many young people today do not concern themselves with style and think that what one says should be said simply and that is all. For me, style–which does not exclude simplicity, quite the opposite–is above all a way of saying three or four things in one. There is the simple sentence, with its immediate meaning, and then at the same time, below this immediate meaning, other meanings are organized. If one is not capable of giving language this plurality of meaning, then it is not worth the trouble to write.

From an interview that was given when he was seventy and had lost his vision to the point where he could not read.


  1. #1 Lab Rat
    January 4, 2009

    I completely agree with that. Anyone whose ever read anything or even *heard* anything, should have realised that the way you say something is just as important as what you say.

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