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Tony Parsons Quotes and Sayings

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Grammar schools are public schools without the sodomy.
- Tony Parsons

When a thought takes one's breath away,
a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
- Thomas W. Higginson

Henceforth, language studies were no longer directed
merely towards correcting grammar.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning,
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith

 

Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought
and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The first of these phases is that of grammar,
invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French.
It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

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I studied at a grammar school and later at the University
of Vienna in the Faculty of Medicine.
- Karl von Frisch

I was raised in Hollywood and knew, from as early as grammar school,
classmates who were in the business.
- Mike Farrell

His eyes so dim, so wasted each limb,
that, heedless of grammar, they all cried,
that's him!
- Richard Harris Barham

At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school,
Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
- Paul Nurse

A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.'
- A. P. Martinich

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.
All I know about grammar is its power.
- Joan Didion

I used to go with him and I'd sometimes play,
take over from him.
That was my first taste of the music business,
I suppose, but I was also in the youth orchestra at Johnston Grammar.
- Trevor Horn

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
- Octavio Paz

Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.
- Richard Chenevix Trench

I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life
and as soon as I done it I seen it.
- Carl Sandburg

I am the Roman Emperor, and am above grammar.
- Emperor Sigismund

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce
as those over IBM versus Mac,
and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
- Jack Lynch

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
- E. B. White

Be able to correctly pronounce the words you would
like to speak and have excellent spoken grammar.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I remember a moment when the Prince went back to his old school,
Grammar School in Melbourne, and slightly to his horror
his old music teacher produced a cello.
- Anthony Holden

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.
- Moliere

Statistics is the grammar of science.
- Karl Pearson

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet,
and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra -
besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
- Bobby McFerrin

What that book does for me is give me the tools in
the same way that I had the tools when I learned the
regular scales or the alphabet.
If you give me the tools, the syntax,
and the grammar, it still doesn't tell me how to write Ulysses.
- David Baker

I went to the local schools, the local state primary school,
and then to the local grammar school.
A secondary school, which technically was an independent school,
it was not part of the state educational system.
- John Hume

You see so many movies...
the younger people who are coming from MTV or who are
coming from commercials and there's no sense of film grammar.
There's no real sense of how to tell a story visually.
It's just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, you know,
which is pretty easy.
- Peter Bogdanovich

I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity,
by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic,
and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas
the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
- Louis Aragon

In general, the philological movement opened up countless
sources relevant to linguistic issues,
treating them in quite a different spirit from traditional grammar;
for instance,
the study of inscriptions and their language.
But not yet in the spirit of linguistics.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

It's like learning a language; you can't speak a language
fluently until you find out who you are in that language,
and that has as much to do with your body as it does
with vocabulary and grammar.
- Fred Frith

This African American Vernacular English shares most
of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English.
But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different
from standard English than any other dialect spoken
in continental North America.
- William Labov

I don't know the rules of grammar...
If you're trying to persuade people to do something,
or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language,
the language they use every day, the language in which they think.
We try to write in the vernacular.
- David Ogilvy

It's really difficult for me.
Language, I am sorry that I haven't.
I think I just always expected that you learn a word
in place of a word and when I discovered how difficult
the grammar was and learning that was very discouraging for me.
- Bo Derek

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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