Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10 quotes on verbs, and other syntactical structures

  1. Pork is not a verb. -- Bart Simpson
  2. Life is a verb. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  3. Theater is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is a place. -- Martha Graham
  4. Love is a verb. -- Clare Boothe Luce
  5. Every sentence he manages to utter scatters its component parts like pond water from a verb chasing its own tail. -- Clive James
  6. God, to me, it seems, is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper. -- R. Buckminster Fuller
  7. The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive. -- W.R. Inge
  8. If there were a verb meaning 'to believe falsely,' it would not have any significant first person, present indicative. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
  9. Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn't been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. -- William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
  10. I've always loved the flirtatious tango of consonants and vowels, the sturdy dependability of nouns and capricious whimsy of verbs, the strutting pageantry of the adjective and the flitting evanescence of the adverb, all kept safe and orderly by those reliable little policemen, punctuation marks. -- Dennis Miller


Anonymous said...

Lust is a noun, verbed, as in:
"I lusy you." -- Pete HIP Zerkeley

Anonymous said...

Edit "lusy" to read: "lust"

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

It trued that, true to form.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

LOVELOVELOVE this. Very good.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

tankards of t[h]anks, WS