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.     

Moliere

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

Historical grammar is a study of how, say, modern English developed from Middle English, and how that developed from Early and Old English, and how that developed from Germanic, and that developed from what's called Proto-Indo-European, a source system that nobody speaks, so you have to try to reconstruct it.     

Noam Chomsky

Grammar to a writer is to a mountaineer a good pair of hiking boots or, more precisely, to a deep-sea diver an oxygen tank.     

A.A. Patawaran

There's a fine line between funny and annoying – and it's exactly the width of a quotation mark. But it's not the quotation mark that deserves our wrath. It's our bad habits…     

Martha Brockenbrough

Grammar, n. A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet of the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.     

Ambrose Bierce

Ill-fitting grammar are like ill-fitting shoes. You can get used to it for a bit, but then one day your toes fall off and you can't walk to the bathroom.     

Jasper Fforde

Grammar is the breathing power for the life of language.     

Munia Khan

The past is always tense, the future perfect.     

Zadie Smith

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

Grammar is to a writer what anatomy is to a sculptor or the scales to a musician. You may loathe it, it may bore you, but nothing will replace it, and once mastered it will support you like a rock.     

B.J. Chute

To be loose with grammar is to be loose with the worst woman in the world.     

Otis C. Edwards

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

Grammar is like your overarching compulsion. It's math with words.     

Thomm Quackenbush

Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice.     

Rosenstock Huessy

Language, never forget, is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling, and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines.     

Bill Bryson

People do not invent languages by writing grammars, they write grammars – at least, the first grammars to be written for any given language – by observing the tacit, largely unconscious, rules that people seem to be applying when they speak. Yet once a book exists, and especially once it is employed in schoolrooms, people feel that the rules are not just descriptions of how people do talk, but prescriptions for how they should talk.     

David Graeber

Grammar is not a time of waste.     

Nancy Cartwright

There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.     

Anthony Burgess

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.     

William Safire

Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.     

Richard C. Trench