Style is what makes a work memorable and unmistakable. We remember the false judgments of Voltaire and Gibbon and Lytton Strachey long after they have been corrected, because of their sharp, polished form and because of the sensual pleasure of dwelling on them. They come to one, not merely as printed words, but as a lively experience, with the full force of another human being personally encountered — that is to say because they are lucid, elegant and individual.
(Evelyn Waugh, “Literary Style in England and America.” In: A Little Order. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1980, p. 108).