From The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work, by Juan Ramón Jiménez
"It is useless to be prodigal with words. They only acquire their true meaning when they are well applied. To call someone mediocre 'illustrious' is like calling a thistle 'soft' or a star 'black.' The ideas don't cohere, the concepts don't come together."
Translated by Christopher Maurer