Quotes on Grammar

By Bhalachandra Sahaj

Hi everyone!

Nowadays, simplifying everything around us is kind of trendy. There are debates on whether the spelling of the English language should be simplified; some researchers state that English has already become easier compared to what it was several centuries ago. Fortunately (or unfortunately) English grammar has not changed, even though now and then some bright heads speak of the necessity of grammar reform. As time passes, languages change on their own, but it is a natural process, and people should not intentionally intervene in this process.

Here are some wise words regarding grammar.

“Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.”
― Jeffrey Gitomer

“A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.”
― Gilles Deleuze

“If you can spell “Nietzsche” without Google, you deserve a cookie.”
― Lauren Leto

“A philosopher once said, ‘Half of good philosophy is good grammar.”
― A. P. Martinich

“The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar….”
― Constance Hale

“Grammar is politics by other means.”
― Donna J. Haraway

“In this chthonian world the only thing of importance is orthography and punctuation. It doesn’t matter what the nature of the calamity is, only whether it is spelled right.”
― Henry Miller

“If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.”
― Doug Larson

“The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers

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