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Grammar Quotes

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

Related topics: Humor

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statistics is the grammar of science.
- Karl Pearson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough,
grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

See life as ugly and painful - if you choose,
or see it as beautiful and joyful.
There is no inherent meaning in life.
We give life its meaning.
It's our Choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The truth is like a scalpel. The truth is painful.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein

Humans do have an amazing capacity
for believing what they choose,
and excluding that which is painful.
- Spock (character in Star Trek television series)

The most painful and debilitating fear is fear of the unknown.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

A good-bye is never painful unless
you're never going to say hello again.
- Anonymous

It hurts to love someone
and not be loved in return,
but what is more painful is to love
someone and never find the courage
to let that person know how you feel.
- Anonymous

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful
death than animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced
that my looks were hideous.
Adolescence is painful for everyone,
I know,
but mine was plain weird.
- Uma Thurman

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -
you're safe in doing it.
But if you take the slightest pleasure in it,
that's the time to hold your tongue.
- Alice Duer Miller

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

I'm involved in the stock market, which is fun and,
sometimes, very painful.
- Regis Philbin

Collaboration is no longer painful -
or precious.
- Vince Clarke

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Life is painful, nasty and short...
in my case it has only been painful and nasty.
- Djuna Barnes

When thought becomes excessively painful,
action is the finest remedy.
- Salman Rushdie

The degree of leverage now being reversed is staggering,
and the underlying global imbalances -
notably between the savers and the spenders -
will require long and painful adjustment.
- Vince Cable

There is only one thing more painful than learning
from experience and that is not learning from experience.
- Archibald McLeish

I don't know of any other creature on earth other than
man that will sit in a corner and cry because of some
painful experience in the past.
- Pat Morita

But I don't write so much now, because they're too painful.
- Bryan Ferry

The processes of teaching the child that everything
cannot be as he wills it are apt to be painful both
to him and to his teacher.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
- Coco Chanel

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships.
It's painful for both sides.
The fact is, one grows out of people,
and the only thing is to face it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I retired because I had a knee injury,
my cartilage was wearing out, it was painful and I
couldn't put in the four hours of practice each day that I needed to.
- Guy Forget

How glorious it is - and also how painful -
to be an exception.
- Alfred de Musset

I find it painful and angering to look in a mirror.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance.
- Robert Blair

Years have passed since I have set foot in a comedy club.
If the comic is doing badly it's painful,
and if the comic is doing brilliantly,
it's extremely painful.
- Dick Cavett

The grinding of the intellect is for most people as
painful as a dentist's drill.
- Leonard Woolf

We religious controllers control in the name of Jesus
and it is really painful to people.
- Keith Miller

However painful the process of leaving home,
for parents and for children, the really frightening
thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home.
- Robert Neelly Bellah


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