Strunk & White – The Elements of Style (4th ed., 2000)

by vyh

“It is an old observation,” [Strunk] wrote, “that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.”