Category Archive: Quotes

Mar 15

Dissecting a Sentence

Dave Barry is one of my all-time favorite humorists. Here’s his take on how to diagram a sentence. Ask Mr. Language Person Q. Please explain how to diagram a sentence. A. First spread the sentence out on a clean, flat surface, such as an ironing board. Then, using a sharp pencil or X-Acto knife, locate …

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Feb 23

People think…

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around. ― Terry Pratchett

Mar 03

High Concept and Human Beings

High concept is the enemy of the writer. The friend of the writer is the human being, the full-blooded character interacting with another character. Joseph L. Mankiewicz Thanks to The Passive Voice.

Oct 08

Contempt for Happiness

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. – Bertrand Russell Thanks to The Passive Voice for this quote.