Quotation by Don Marquis

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.
Don Marquis (1878–1937), U.S. humorist, journalist. Quoted in O Rare Don Marquis, ch. 11, E. Anthony (1962).

Adlai Stevenson borrowed this idea when he quipped, "The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams." (Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 1, 1964).
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