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Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
~ Anonymous

 

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Damn the subjunctive. It brings all our writers to shame.
~ Mark Twain

 

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From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. ''After dinner, the men moved into the living room.'' I explained to the professor that this was Rose' way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.
~ James Thurber

 

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

 

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Grammar is the grave of letters.
~ Elbert Hubbard

 

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Grammar, which can govern even Kings.
~ MoliFre

 

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

 

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My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.
~ Isaac Babel

 

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Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.
~ Lewis Thomas

 

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Spel chekers, hoo neeeds em?
~ Alan James Bean

 

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The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

 

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When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs. I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
~ Robert Frost

 

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