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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