"It is no easy thing to tell a story plainly and distinctly by mouth: but to tell one on paper is difficult indeed. People are afraid to put down what is common on paper. They seek to embellish their narratives - as they think - with philosophical speculations and reflections. They are anxious to shine, and people who are anxious to shine can never tell a plain story."
George Henry Borrow in: Lavengro (1841)