Grammar Quotes

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Statistics is the grammar of science.-Karl Pearson

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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!)

 

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

 

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