Ejecting: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Familiar Quotations CommasI demand that my books be judged with 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.ndash;Louis AragonA kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.ndash;MistinguettPeople who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.ndash;Marcel ProustDeath is not a period, but a comma in the story of life.ndash;Amos TraverCommas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.ndash;E. B. White Use in Literature CommasThe canaries, occasionally let loose, left their commas on the furniture. The poor dear woman scattered little heaps of millet and bits of chickweed about the room, and put tidbits for the cats in broken saucers.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in The Two Brothers (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).The mouth, very broad, with thin lips, indicated a sturdy eater and a determined drinker by the drop of its corners, which turned downward like two commas, from which drooled gravy when he ate and saliva when he talked.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Sons of the Soil (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).He who sees his heir in his own child, carries his eye over hopes and possessions lying far beyond his gravestone, viewing his life, even here, as a period but closed with a comma.ndash;Edward Bulwer-Lytton in What Will He Do With It, book 2.All the passages marked with inverted commas are extracts from a letter with which that gentleman favoured me.ndash;Richard Burton in Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, vol 1.So the inverted commas were lifted entirely off one word on to the other and a totally innocent title suddenly turned into a blasting sneer.ndash;G.K. Chesterton in A Miscellany of Men.Even Flora's commas seemed to have fled on this occasion; she was so much more disjointed and voluble than in the preceding interview.ndash;Charles Dickens in Little Dorrit.
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