No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.
Author: Isaac Babel (1894-1941)
Profession: Jewish Writer
Spel chekers, hoo neeeds em?
Author: Alan James Bean
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
Author: Joan Didion (1934)
Profession: American Essayist
You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)
Profession: American Poet
My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)
Profession: American Writer
Grammar is the grave of letters.
Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)
Profession: American Author, Publisher
The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)
Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer
I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.
Author: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
Profession: American Poet
Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.
Author: Lewis Thomas (1913-)
Profession: American Physician, Educator
When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs. I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. ''After dinner, the men moved into the living room.'' I explained to the professor that this was Rose' way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.
Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)
Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator
Damn the subjunctive. It brings all our writers to shame.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
Author: Source Unknown
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Profession: Austrian Philosopher