Grammar Quotes

My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. ~A.A. Milne

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

Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. ~George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872

Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason. ~Richard C. Trench

It's a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word. ~Andrew Jackson

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. ~Mark Twain

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. ~Henry Louis Mencken, The American Language

Women are the simple, and poets the superior, artisans of language... the intervention of grammarians is almost always bad. ~Rémy de Gourmont

Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use. ~Mark Twain

When I split an infinitive, god damn it, I split it so it stays split. ~Raymond Chandler

Grammar stops at love, and at art. ~Valentine Sterling

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect! ~Owens Lee Pomeroy

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. ~William Safire


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