"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
— Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
"[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion."
— Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (The Letters of Anton Chekhov)