Punctuation Quotes

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Isaac Marion
“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Daniel Keyes
“Punctuation, is? fun!”
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Terry Pratchett
“I comma square bracket recruit's name square bracket comma do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit's deity of choice square bracket to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Ankh-Morpork comma serve the public truƒt comma and defend the ƒubjects of his ƒtroke her bracket delete whichever is inappropriate bracket Majeƒty bracket name of reigning monarch bracket without fear comma favour comma or thought of perƒonal ƒafety semi-colon to purƒue evildoers and protect the innocent comma comma laying down my life if neceƒsary in the cauƒe of said duty comma so help me bracket aforeƒaid deity bracket full stop Gods Save the King stroke Queen bracket delete whichever is inappropriate bracket full stop.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Lynne Truss
“A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"I'm a panda," he says, at the door. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss
“To those who care about punctuation, a sentence such as "Thank God its Friday" (without the apostrophe) rouses feelings not only of despair but of violence. The confusion of the possessive "its" (no apostrophe) with the contractive "it's" (with apostrophe) is an unequivocal signal of illiteracy and sets off a Pavlovian "kill" response in the average stickler.”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss
“What the semicolon's anxious supporters fret about is the tendency of contemporary writers to use a dash instead of a semicolon and thus precipitate the end of the world. Are they being alarmist?”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss
“We have a language that is full of ambiguities; we have a way of expressing ourselves that is often complex and elusive, poetic and modulated; all our thoughts can be rendered with absolute clarity if we bother to put the right dots and squiggles between the words in the right places. Proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking. If it goes, the degree of intellectual impoverishment we face is unimaginable.”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Ursula K. Le Guin
“I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after 'semicolons,' and another one after 'now.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Raven Leilani
“Based on his liberal use of the semicolon, I just assumed this date would go well.”
Raven Leilani, Luster

“Was that semi-colon some kind of flirty wink or just bad punctuation?”
Azadeh Aalai

Lynne Truss
“I apologise if you all know this, but the point is many, many people do not. Why else would they open a large play area for children, hang up a sign saying "Giant Kid's Playground", and then wonder why everyone stays away from it? (Answer: everyone is scared of the Giant Kid.)”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Sarah Dessen
“I don't think anyone would think that an ellipsis represents doubt or anything. I think it's more, you know, hinting at the future. What lies ahead.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Lynne Truss
“Brackets come in various shapes, types and names:
1 round brackets (which we call brackets, and the Americans call parentheses)
2 square brackets [which we call square brackets, and the Americans call brackets]”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

“Use lots of exclamation points. They love to be overused.”
SARK, Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity

Rasmenia Massoud
“Whatever it is that you know, or that you don’t know, tell me about it. We can exchange tirades. The comma is my favorite piece of punctuation and I’ve got all night.”
Rasmenia Massoud, Human Detritus

Edward Abbey
“I suppose this is a trivial matter but I do want to object to the maddening fuss-fidget punctuation which one of your editors is attempting to impose on my story. I said it before but I'll say it again, that unless necessary for clarity of meaning I would prefer a minimum of goddamn commas, hyphens, apostrophes, quotation marks and fucking (most obscene of all punctuation marks) semi-colons. I've had to waste hours erasing that storm of flyshit on the typescript. [Regarding "The Monkey Wrench Gang"]”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Kelli Jae Baeli
“Faulkner had an egg carton filled with periods and throughout his writing career, used nearly all of them.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Don't Fall in Love With Your Words: Fall in Love With Your Craft

Richard Flanagan
“He was… a lost apostrophe in search of a word to which he might belong”
Richard Flanagan, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish

“Nature never fully punctuates the ending.”
Mantaranjot Mangat, Plotless

Lynne Truss
“So how should you use a colon, to begin with? H. W. Fowler said that the colon "delivers the goods that have been invoiced in the preceding words", which is not a bad image to start off with.”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Nanette L. Avery
“Punctuation marks are well-mannered symbols that lead us around like a faithful butler; remove them, and we dance free form ...”
Nanette L. Avery

Neel Burton
“In America, they use exclamation marks to make everything terrific, in France to make everything terrible, but here in England we don't use them at all.”
Neel Burton

Nanette L. Avery
“Women, Rock the Vote! Women Rock the vote! No matter how you read it... we will, we do!”
Nanette L. Avery

J.S. Mason
“But before the man could reach the door, there was a knock, like one that happens to precipitate a courtship meeting for two punctuation marks that are going out to dinner and one really doesn’t like the restaurant, but goes anyway because they’re a comma dating.”
J.S. Mason, The Satyrist...And Other Scintillating Treats

“Misplaced commas are, egregious.”
Omar Cherif

“Jokes about full stops are not funny, period.”
Omar Cherif

Andrea Dworkin
“standard forms are sometimes called conventions, conventions are mightier than armies, police, and prisons. each citizen becomes the enforcer, the doorkeeper, an instrument of the Law, an unfeeling guard punching his fellow man hard in the belly.”
Andrea Dworkin, Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

Erika M. Weinert
“Note that the apostrophe in fuck's sake is necessary because fuck in this instance is a noun; therefore the word fuck is a possessive noun that takes an apostrophe.”
Erika M. Weinert, Cursing with Style: A Dicktionary of Expletives

Hilary Mantel
“When it was time to write, and he took his pen in his hand, he never thought of consequences; he thought of style. I wonder why I ever bothered with sex, he thought; there’s nothing in this breathing world so gratifying as an artfully placed semicolon.”
Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

“Punctuation to the writer is like anatomy to the artist: he learns the rules so he can knowledgeably and controllédly depart from them as art requires. Punctuation is a means, and its end is: helping the reader to hear, to follow.”
Thomas McCormack, The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist: A Book for Writers, Teachers, Publishers, and Anyone Else Devoted to Fiction

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