Tense Quotes

Quotes tagged as "tense" (showing 1-10 of 10)
John Green
“Witness also that when we talk about literature, we do so in the present tense. When we speak of the dead, we are not so kind.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Melina Marchetta
“Play me something that makes me feel;
This soul inside me is made of steel.
Brain is breathing, but heart’s not beating
And, babe, I need you to make things real.
Walk inside me without silence,
Kill the past and change the tense.
Empty gnawing and the ache is soaring;
Take me places that make more sense.”
Melina Marchetta, The Piper's Son

Munia Khan
“My past lives alone. That's why my loneliness wants to live in the past”
Munia Khan

Samuel Beckett
“This should all be rewritten in the pluperfect.”
Samuel Beckett, Molloy
tags: tense

Douglas Adams
“The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations.
Most readers get as far as the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up; and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy skips lightly over this tangle of academic abstraction, pausing only to note that the term “Future Perfect” has been abandoned since it was discovered not to be. To resume:
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of catering. It is built on the fragmented remains of an eventually ruined planet which is (wioll haven be) enclosed in a vast time bubble and projected forward in time to the precise moment of the End of the Universe. This is, many would say, impossible. In it, guests take (willan on-take) their places at table and eat (willan on-eat) sumptuous meals while watching (willing watchen) the whole of creation explode around them.
This, many would say, is equally impossible.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“People conjugate to the present; politics to other tenses. (Peuple conjugue au présent; - Politique aux autres temps.)”
Charles de Leusse

Christina Engela
“Sumone Yiden Smiff was a businessman of note. Was, past tense. Through years of sweat and swearing and amazingly smart (or lucky) deals he’d built up a mining empire that spanned the sum of known space. At 74 years, he had reached the apex of a career stretching half a century. His companies mined precious commodities like Impervium, Obstinatium and Bitanium. He wasn’t really famous, or ostentatious. In fact he only ever made the cover of Fortune One Billion once, twenty-five years ago. He’d never married, had lots of children – light-years apart, apparently.”
Christina Engela, Dead Man's Hammer

Jaci Burton
“There's nothing wrong with us," Anya said. "You, on the other hand, are way too tense. You probably need to get laid. Maybe Grant Cassidy can help you with that.”
Jaci Burton, Quarterback Draw
tags: laid, tense

Katherine McIntyre
“If you’re supposed to work with someone, I’d recommend not getting all hot and bothered with them the night before. The word of the day was “tense.”
Katherine McIntyre, By the Sea

“It's when you're English that you're always tense.”
Anthony T. Hincks