Grammar Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old grammar quotes, grammar sayings, and grammar proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.     

Edgar Allan Poe

Every language has a grammar, a set of rules that govern usage and meaning, and literary language is no different. It's all more or less arbitrary of course, just like language itself.     

Thomas C. Foster

It's perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific. The theory of that genetic component, whatever it turns out to be, is what is called universal grammar.     

Noam Chomsky

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.     

Robert Graves

Grammar is politics by other means.     

Donna J. Haraway

Damn the subjunctive. It brings all our writers to shame.     

Mark Twain

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!     

Owens Lee Pomeroy

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

It is well to remember that grammar is common speech formulated.     

William Somerset Maugham

If Language is a Flower then without Grammar it will not smell.     

Purushottam Muley

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Moods are adjectives of the grammar of life.     

Raheel Farooq

When a thought takes one's breath away, a lesson in grammar seems an impertinence.     

Thomas W. Higginson

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.     


In grammar, as in war, there is strength in numbers.     

Martin Worthington

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

Descriptive grammar is an attempt to give an account of what the current system is for either a society or an individual, whatever you happen to be studying.     

Noam Chomsky

Grammar is the grave of letters.     

Elbert Hubbard

Grammar stops at love, and at art.     

Terri Guillemets

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

Octavio Paz

Grammar is the greatest joy in life, don't you find?     

Lemony Snicket

Perfect grammar--persistent, continuous, sustained--is the fourth dimension, so to speak: many have sought it, but none has found it.     

Mark Twain

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

Joan Didion

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.     

Lex Martin

It is only in grammar that the mighty can be bound by rules made by the humble.     

Agona Apell

Grammar Checker – A software program that is not needed by those who know grammar and virtually useless for those who don't.     

Richard E. Turner

Grammar is like a strive for perfection. It's useless really.     

S. Khemka

A preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence with.     

Winston S. Churchill

Each letter of the alphabet is a steadfast loyal soldier in a great army of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. One letter falls, and the entire language falters.     

Vera Nazarian