Grammar Quotes

I believe that every English poet should read the English classics, master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them, travel abroad, experience the horror of sordid passion, and — if he is lucky enough — know the love of an honest woman.

And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before and thus was the Empire forged.

“Correct” spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma’ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.

Next to the semi-colon, quotation marks seem to be the chief butts of reformatory ardor. The fact that quotes within quotes are often confusing, and unhinge the minds of thousands of poor copy-readers every year, has fanned these flames. Also, there is frequent complaint that the marks themselves, as they stand, are unsightly, with demands for something better.

[M]y spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

In the United States the apostrophe seems to be doomed…. In other respects American and English punctuation show few differences. The English are rather more careful than we are, and commonly put a comma after the next-to-last member of a series, but otherwise are not too precise to offend a red-blooded American.

“I — just — wish — I could — dig — out — the corners — of — her — soul!” she muttered jerkily, punctuating her words with murderous jabs of her pointed cleaning-stick.

A man’s grammar, like Cæsar’s wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.

Grammar: The grave of letters.