A Quote by William Strunk, Jr. on cruelty, manners, men, nations, philosophy, punishment, and style
In his Philosophy of Style, Herbert Spencer gives two sentences to illustrate how the vague and general can be turned into the vivid and particular: In proportion as the manners, customs, and amusements of a nation are cruel and barbarous, the regulations of its penal code will be severe. In proportion as men delight in battles, bullfights, and combats of gladiators, will they punish by hanging, burning, and the rack.
Source: Strunk & White in The Elements of Style, 1918, Third Revision, 1979, p. 23.
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