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
Not only humble but umble which I look upon to be the comparative, or, indeed, superlative degree. Anthony Trollope
Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth. Mark Twain
Why care for grammar as long as we are good? Artemus Ward
A Grammar book does not attempt to teach people how they ought to speak, but on the contrary, unless it is a very bad or very old work, it merely states how, as a matter of fact, certain people do speak at the time at which it is written. H.C. Wyld
I never made a mistake in grammar but once in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it. Carl Sandburg
English Grammar is the art of speaking and writing the English language with propriety. Lindley Murray
A certain young man never knew / Just when to say whom and when who; / 'The question of choosing,' / He said, 'is confusing; / I wonder if which wouldn't do?' Christopher Morley
Irregularity in grammar seems like the epitome of human eccentricity and quirkiness. Steven Pinker
There can be no correctness apart from usage. C.C. Fries
Purism, whether in grammar or in vocabulary, almost always means ignorance. Language was made before grammar, not grammar before language. Thomas Hardy
I am still studying verbs and the mystery of how they connect nouns. I am more suspicious of adjectives than at any other time in all my born days. Carl Sandburg
I demand that my books be judged with the utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style. Louis Aragon
Sentence structure is innate but whining is acquired. Woody Allen
You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country. Robert Frost
I thought the conjugation of verbs meant saying, 'Drink, drank, drunk.' I asked Kaplan to conjugate 'fail,' and he said 'Fail, failed, bankrupt.' Leo Rosten
A school child should be taught grammar—for the same reason that a medical student should study anatomy. Having learned about the exciting mysteries of an English sentence, the child can then go forth and speak and write any damn way he pleases. E.B. White
Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn't been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. E.B. White
I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way. Mark Twain
This is the sort of English up with which I will not put. Winston Churchill
I will not go down to posterity talking bad grammar. Benjamin Disraeli
Save the gerund and screw the whale. Tom Stoppard
I don't want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady. George Bernard Shaw
Every sentence he manages to utter scatters its component parts like pond water from a verb chasing its own tail. Clive James
I was born to be a punctuation vigilante. Lynn Truss
The only person entitled to use the imperial 'we' in speaking of himself is a king, an editor, and a man with a tapeworm. Robert G. Ingersoll
Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical. Oscar Wilde
I had someone correct my grammar once on a blind date, and within the first ten minutes, the date was over. You just don't correct somebody's grammar. That's just not okay. I'm from Tennessee so I probably say everything wrong. I might have said ain't, or something like that. Reese Witherspoon
Grammar OR Grammar, the English language body armour. / The time of prudence and sagacity, saw your rise in virility, voracity. / The disdain rampant in any day and age, and the sentence stands troubled and enraged. Arun Serrao
There were two cheerful pronouns / And naught did them disturb: / Until they met, out walking. / A conjugative verb. Christopher Morley
The pronouns, child, were You and I, / We might as well confess; / But, ah, the mischief-making verb / I leave to you to guess! Christopher Morley
The life is like / A grammar where / Present is ‘tense' / Past is not ‘perfect' / And the future is ‘indefinite' / Still don't worry / Enjoy every moment of your life! Ashwani Roy
Don't speak English with your elders / Living in the village with no pen or a paper / You don't disrespect your elders by smearing grammar all over their faces. Suzy Q.
I'm not that good in / my grammar but thank / you for tell me. That why I love you. / Some people will / put me down but / not you. You are sweet / person to me and / I thank God For / you. Thank you! Talesha G. McCray
The greater part of the world's troubles is due to questions of grammar. Michel de Montaigne
His sentences didn't seem to have any verbs, which was par for a politician. All nouns, no action. Jennifer Crusie
It's hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, 'Your ugly.' My ugly what? The idiot didn't even know the difference between your and you're. Cara Lynn Shultz
I don't know the rules of grammar. If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language. David Ogilvy
People who start a sentence with personally (and they're always women) ought to be thrown to the lions. It's a repulsive habit. Georgette Heyer
I love you. You are the object of my affection and the object of my sentence. Mignon Fogarty
Grammatical correctness, after all, has a powerful symbolic value: getting your language right implies that you can obey rules and respect authority. Michael Swan