Quotations about Grammar

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

[A] man must be a d—d fool, who can't spell a word more than one way.  ~Author unknown, 1855, anecdote from Jamestown Journal (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

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

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

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.  ~Robert Graves

There are grammatical errors even in his silence.  ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Man 1:  Where are you from?
Man 2:  From a place where we do not end sentences with prepositions.
Man 1:  Okay, where are you from, jackass?
~Author Unknown

Grammar Checker – A software program that is not needed by those who know grammar and virtually useless for those who don't. ~Richard Turner (1937-2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," from "The Curmudgeon's Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases"

Grammar stops at love, and at art.  ~Terri Guillemets

Do not be surprised when those who ignore the rules of grammar also ignore the law.  After all, the law is just so much grammar.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put.  ~Attributed to Winston Churchill, rejecting the rule against ending a sentence with a preposition, c.1948, may instead have been said by an anonymous official, see notes at www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/churchill.html

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


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