Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quotable Quotes on Punctuations

No iron spike can pierce a human heart as icily as a period in
the right place. -Isaac Babel

If the semicolon is one of the neglected children in the family
of punctuation marks these days, told to stay in its room and entertain itself, because mummy and daddy are busy, the apostrophe is the abused victim. - John Humphrys

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I like them — they are a three-quarter beat to the half and full beats of commas and full stops. Prose has its own musicality, and the more notation the better. I like dashes, double-dashes, comashes and double comashes just as much. The
colon is an umlaut waiting to jump; the colon dash is teasingly
precipitous. - Will Self

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