Quotation Marks Quotes by Catherine Brady, Arthur Miller, James Joyce, Anna Garlin Spencer, Paul Eldridge, H. L. Mencken and many others.
I’ve always hated quotation marks: they’re ugly on the page and they classify the text for you, putting dialogue in one box and narration in another.
In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.
Quotation marks quotato marks! Bah!
It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman’s brain
Authors hide their big thefts by putting small ones between quotation marks.
Next to the semi-colon, quotation marks seem to be the chief butts of reformatory ardor.
When I decided to stop using quotation marks, it presented technical challenges: you have to conceive of dialogue differently and structure it differently for this to work. So I had a new problem, which makes writing interesting again.
I want to rip off your logic and make passionate sense to you. I want to ride in the swing of your hips. My fingers will dig in you like quotation marks, blazing your limbs into parts of speech.
Like italics and hyphens, quotation marks are to be used as sparingly as possible. They should light the way, not darken it.
I was the type who looked at discussions of What Is Truth only with a view toward correcting the manuscript. If you were to quote “I am that I am,” for example, I thought that the fundamental problem was where to put the comma, inside the quotation marks or outside.
I like commas. I detest semi-colons вЂ” I donвЂ™t think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didnвЂ™t need them, they were fly-specks on the page.
And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.
Most of all I like “bad” lines, that is those considered bad, in my opinion unjustly, by theory. The reason for the last quotation marks is that most so-called theory is only a collection of examples from master practice.
Beware the writer who always encloses the word *reality* in quotation marks: He’s trying to slip something over on you. Or into you.
I took ethics classes in college, and it always amazes me how they [tabloids] will blatantly say something that I did not say, in quotation marks. The first thing that we learned in ethics is that you better have it right. If you’re putting quotation marks around something, it better be exactly what that person said.
Liberals dispute that Reagan won the Cold War on the basis of their capacity to put mocking quotation marks around the word, won. That’s pretty much the full argument: Restate a factual proposition with sneering quote marks.
If you use a colloquialism or a slang word or phrase, simply use it; do not draw attention to it by enclosing it in quotation marks. To do so is to put on airs, as though you were inviting the reader to join you in a select society of those who know better.
We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I use my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process.