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

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

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
“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 says away from it? (Answer: everyone is scared of the Giant Kid.)”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

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

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

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

Lynne Truss
“While we look in horror at a badly punctuated sign, the world carries on around us, blind to our plight. We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense who can see dead people, except that we can see dead punctuation. Whisper it in petrified little-boy tones: dead punctuation is invisible to everyone else - yet we see it all the time.”
Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

“I wish for sorrow to be a full stop and happiness to be a comma in my life.”
Luffina Lourduraj

Anne Elizabeth Moore
“Punctuation was, it is sad to say, invented a very long time ago. Even more frustrating, it has remained with us ever since.”
Anne Elizabeth Moore, The Manifesti of Radical Literature

Nanette L. Avery
“Let it be known, I am a fan of the comma; it gives cadence to my witting. Those who disagree are in their usual hurried state…not giving pause where a breath is due.”
Nanette L. Avery

“And who would have ever thought we'd see a time when the period – the building block of our very language, punctuation-wise – would be able to transform an innocent one-line message into a seemingly threatening or aggressive imperative? An era when proper punctuation was, potentially, terrifying?”
Emmy Favilla

Mandy Ashcraft
“In order to cope with death, you need the correct punctuation. Not a final period, not a comma as on Aleya, but a chance to fill in the blank--- life, 'dot dot dot'.”
Mandy Ashcraft, Small Orange Fruit

“Un testo ben fatto è prima di tutto un testo corretto al 100%: è fondamentale quindi riservare un lavoro attento anche alla correzione degli errori apparentemente più irrilevanti, come quelli di ortografia e quelli nell’uso degli accenti e degli apostrofi. Anche se sono quelli meno gravi sul piano della comprensione del testo, non sono comunque errori da poco: anzi, sono quelli che balzano per primi all’occhio, e vengono censurati severamente perché si ritiene che riguardino conoscenze presenti nel bagaglio di tutti già a partire dai livelli più bassi di alfabetizzazione. In sostanza, lo svarione di carattere lessicale o sintattico ha qualche probabilità di farla franca; un errore di ortografia mina invece irrimediabilmente la credibilità dell’autore.”
Bianca Barattelli, Scrivere bene: Dieci regole e qualche consiglio

Daniel Keyes
“Today, I learned, the comma, this is, a, comma (,) a period, with, a tail, Miss Kinnian, says its, importent, because, it makes writing, better, she said, somebody, could lose, a lot, of money, if a comma, isnt in, the right, place, I got, some money, that I, saved from, my job, and what, the foundation, pays me, but not, much and, I dont, see how, a comma, keeps, you from, losing it, But, she says, everybody, uses commas, so Ill, use them, too,,,,”
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Vladimir Nabokov
“I not only debar too definite a planet from any role in my story – from the role every dot and full stop should play in my story (which I see as a kind of celestial chart).”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lance

Andrea Moro
“La punteggiatura è come l'elettroencefalogramma di un cervello che sogna - non dà le immagini ma rivela il ritmo del flusso sottostante.”
Andrea Moro, Il segreto di Pietramala

Howard Jacobson
“It is from his grandmother that Henry learns that punctuation can be a weapon. With a comma you can hurt someone.”
Howard Jacobson, The Making of Henry

“From history books one should at best believe the punctuation. The rest is uncertain, incomplete, distorted, exaggerated or even completely invented.”
A.J. Beirens, Gesels van een imaginaire god

Nanette L. Avery
“Punctuation marks are like road signs; without them we just may get lost...”
Nanette L. Avery

Nanette L. Avery
“Let it be known I am a fan of the comma; it gives cadence to my writing. Those who disagree are in their usual hurried state…not giving pause where a breath is due.”
Nanette L. Avery

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