Grammar Quotes

Most popular grammar quotes

All grammars leak.
Grammar is the logic of speech.
Grammar is a piano I play by ear.
Grammar, which can govern even kings.
Grammar is to speech what salt is to food.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare.
He does not so much split his infinitives as disembowel them.
It is well to remember that grammar is common speech formulated.
Grammar is to a writer what anatomy is to a sculptor or the scales to a musician.
You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
When a thought takes one's breath away, a lesson on grammar seems an impertinence.
English grammar is like the bad boys in the back row who just won't follow the rules.
A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.
As far as I'm concerned, "whom" is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
University seems to have turned them into Conan the Grammarians, who fret over perfect sentence construction.
A dependent clause is like a dependent child: incapable of standing on its own but able to cause a lot of trouble.
The subjunctive mood is in its death throes, and the best thing to do is to put it out of its misery as soon as possible.
What the devil to do with the sentence "Who the devil does he think he's fooling?"  You can't write "Whom the the devil—."
Grammar to a writer is to a mountaineer a good pair of hiking boots or, more precisely, to a deep-sea diver an oxygen tank.
Perfect grammar—persistent, continuous, sustained—is the fourth dimension, so to speak; many have sought it, but none has found it.
Grammar, n.  A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet of the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.
Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over Windows versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi or boxers versus briefs.


Give your main clause a little space. Prose is not like boxing; the skilled writer deliberately telegraphs his punch, knowing that the reader wants to take the message directly on the chin.

punctuation writing advice

Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split.