On Thursday, The New York Times published an open letter to the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, urging him to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia: “Few public servants have found themselves with a choice as weighty as yours, between following their conscience and obeying a leader trying to evade scrutiny — Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus, who behaved nobly in Watergate, come to mind. You can add your name to this short, heroic list. Yes, it might cost you your job. But it would save your honor, and so much more besides.”
I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
—Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provenciales
Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives.
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
—George Bernard Shaw
The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
—D. H. Lawrence
O well’s me o’ my gay goss-hawk
That he can speak and flee!
He’ll carry a letter to my love,
Bring another back to me.
—“The Gay Goss-Hawk,” traditional ballad
I knew one that when he wrote a letter he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a bymatter.
—Francis Bacon, “Of Cunning”
Never write a letter if you can help it, and never destroy one!
—John A. Macdonald
You don’t know a woman until you have had a letter from her.
—Ada Levenson, Tenterhooks
I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
—Henry David Thoreau
Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain’t got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home
My baby, just-a wrote me a letter
—Miklos Rozsa, “The Letter” (1967)
A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.