Author : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Total Quotes : 168
Love Ever

Secondly, love and relationships are complicated. No one could ever get it right in a four-line sentence.

- Adrian Grenier

Very Sold

The way this whole novel thing came together was, I sold them one bill of goods and then didn't communicate very well. I am like Captain Run-on Sentence.

- Ahmet Zappa

Puff Paragraph

I huff and puff and struggle with every sentence, paragraph and page - sometimes every word as well.

- Aidan Chambers

Change Words

I mean, language fascinates me anyway, and different words have different energies and you can change the whole drive of a sentence.

- Alan Rickman

Die Screwed

When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.

- Albert Brooks

Gang Assault

It is important that gang members are aware that if they engage in aggravated assault, maiming, kidnapping, or manslaughter that they will receiving a minimum sentence of 30 years.

- Albert Wynn

Hungry Hang

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.

- Alexander Pope

Falling Greek

I much preferred Latin to Greek. I loved the language being such a pattern that you could not shift a word without the whole sentence falling to pieces.

- Alice Oswald

Spell Which

Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence.

- Alice Walker

Through Easygoing

I think I am really easygoing. Well... as I was about halfway through that sentence, I thought, 'No, actually you're really picky.' But the things I ask for are really simple to do.

- Amanda Harlech

Means Itself

'No' is an entire sentence in itself. No means no, and when somebody says it, you need to stop.

- Amitabh Bachchan

Like Give

Nobody writes like Nabokov; nobody ever will. What I would give to write one sentence like Vladimir!

- Amity Gaige

Character Writing

Early on in the writing, there is often a sentence that pins down a character for me.

- Amor Towles

Feel Good Story

I do feel that if you can write one good sentence and then another good sentence and then another, you end up with a good story.

- Amy Hempel

Supremacy Fused

Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.

- Andrea Dworkin

More Away

I'm not a booky actor, I don't go away and do loads of reading up on a part, generally. I'm more interested in what the people we're portraying do physically, and looking at their sentence construction.

- Andrew Buchan

Love Living

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.

- Anne McCaffrey

Think Read

It's hard to write when you think every sentence is going to be read by a million kids.

- Anthony Horowitz

Need String

You don't need to be able to string a sentence together in a way that is elegant or even vaguely meaningful to produce a bestseller - as Dan Brown has demonstrated time and again.

- Anthony Horowitz

Big Format

When you're writing in big block paragraphs, you can afford to have a redundant sentence now and then, but the Twitter format requires concision.

- Anthony Marra

Think Give

I think it's insulting to an audience to make them sit and watch a film and then give them a message in one sentence.

- Asghar Farhadi

Want Get

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

- Charles Bukowski

Blank Horror

I have a horror of the blank page. I simply cannot write on a blank page or screen. Because once I do, I start to fix it, and I never get past the first sentence.

- Charles Krauthammer

Words Need

If you are stymied as a writer, if it's just not coming together, then take the pressure off and don't feel that you need to write 1,000 words today; just write one really good sentence.

- Chris Bohjalian

Sure Editorial

The Daily Mail can't say 'asylum-seeker' without saying 'foreign criminal' in the same sentence. I'm sure it's practically editorial policy.

- Chris Cleave

Whether Stands

Every sentence stands on its own. Whether that's fair or not, that's kind of the way it is.

- Chris Hayes

Think Fact

You hear the word 'cancer,' and you think it is a death sentence. In fact, the shock is the biggest thing about a diagnosis of cancer.

- Clare Balding

Never Paragraph

I never leave a sentence or a paragraph until I'm satisfied with it.

- Clifford Geertz

Like Paragraph

When I sat down and wrote the first paragraph, I was like, 'Oh, I can go with this.' I didn't do an outline. I didn't do anything. I just wrote sentence by sentence, not knowing where the story was going.

- Colleen Hoover

Form Actually

All writing is a form of manipulation, of course, but you realize that a plain sentence can actually do so much.

- Colm Toibin

Think Super Bowl

You should never say 'D'Brickashaw' and 'bust' in the same sentence. You should never even think that. It should be D'Brickashaw, Pro Bowl, D'Brickashaw, Jets, Super Bowl.

- D'Brickashaw Ferguson

More Adept

It's true that stammerers can become more adept at sentence construction.

- David Mitchell

Laws Condemns

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores - more than abundantly - what it takes away.

- Jim Elliot

Newspaper Boring

Newspapers are so boring. How can you read a newspaper that starts with a 51-word lead sentence?

- Jimmy Breslin

Perfect Certainly

I'm no lyrical stylist; you wouldn't pick me for a perfect sentence, and I certainly wouldn't describe my novels as intellectual.

- Joanna Trollope

Period Series

Not many people whose series gets cancelled get to come and put the period at the end of the sentence.

- Jodi Balfour

My Life Always

I feel at various times in my life that I've been at a point where I had to choose between a death sentence and a life sentence. And I want to live. What do I do to live? What do I do to be vital? And the answer is always creativity. The answer is always art.

- Jodie Foster

Think Paragraph

Sometimes when I'm really enjoying a book, I'll read a sentence or paragraph and just think - how can someone's head be wired in such a way that they'd come up with that?

- Joe Abercrombie

Would Asked

If I was asked to say what was the greatest invention of human beings, I would say the sentence.

- John Banville

Perfect Given

I'd given up Catholicism in my teens but something of it stays with me. I try to create the perfect sentence - that's as close to godliness as I can get.

- John Banville

Believe Through

Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.

- John Jakes

Think Always

The rosary was said every evening. I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches, that they were the Bibles of the poor. The Church was my first book and I would think it is still my most important book.

- John McGahern

Through Certainly

The script of 'Shogun' was so tight that you could not take a word out of a sentence, you could not take a sentence out of a scene, and you certainly couldn't take out a scene without putting ripples right through the back or the front of the overall story.

- John Rhys-Davies

Actor Fit

The word 'career' and 'actor' really don't fit in the same paragraph, let alone sentence. There is no career structure for actors.

- John Rhys-Davies

Doing Habits

School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know.

- John Taylor Gatto

Organs Sentences

The integers of language are sentences, and their organs are the parts of speech. Linguistic organization, then, consists in the differentiation of the parts of speech and the integration of the sentence.

- John Wesley Powell

Thought Six

There are six 'Time Warp Trio' books that would take a page each to fully praise. And I just thought up twelve more while I was typing this sentence.

- Jon Scieszka

Seasons Anymore

There are no seasons anymore. Fashion has become one long run-on sentence.

- Joseph Abboud


I get just as much of a thrill out of constructing a good sentence that gets a laugh at the end as I do from a joke.

- Julian Clary

Leper Approaching

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.

- Ayn Rand

Everybody Works

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'

- Barack Obama

Book Promise

The first sentence of a book is a promise.

- Barbara Kingsolver

Beginning Middle

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all.

- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Test Still

Sometimes I test myself saying, 'If I get a death sentence if I don't make this movie, would I still make this movie?'

- Hayao Miyazaki

Over About

The best movies have one sentence that they're exploring, a thesis, something that people can argue about over dinner afterward.

- Helen Hunt

Education Fifteen

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.

- Horace Mann

Reward Sure

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.

- Hugh Prather

Films Evolved

Editing is now the easiest thing on earth to do, and all the things that evolved out of word processing - 'Oh, let's put that sentence there, let's get rid of this' - have become commonplace in films and music too.

- Brian Eno

Death Capital

The risk of racial prejudice infecting a capital sentencing proceeding is especially serious in light of the complete finality of the death sentence.

- Byron White

Grateful Allow

America is a grateful nation. We cannot allow anything or anyone to get in the way of that. The words 'veteran' and 'backlog' should never appear in the same sentence.

- Jackie Walorski

Porsche Parked

Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?

- Jackson Browne

Poetic Thus

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.

- Jacques Derrida

Mother Thought

My mother thought me being gay was a death sentence.

- Jai Rodriguez

Same Bob

Being in the same sentence as Bob Gibson, that's incredible.

- Jake Arrieta

Mind Detachment

Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind. Maybe that's the worst sentence of all, to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel.

- James Dickey

Explore Paragraph

What I have in advance are people I want to write about and a problem or problems that I see those people encountering and that I want to explore - it all proceeds sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and scene by scene.

- Chaim Potok

Teach Students

It can be summed up in one sentence. Does this person have something to teach my students? No one has ever let us down.

- James Lipton

Revising Amount

I have a hard time revising sentences, because I spend an inordinate amount of time on each sentence, and the sentence before it, and the sentence after it.

- Chang-Rae Lee

Bad Stutter

I had a bad stutter when I was really young. I couldn't get a sentence out. Like, 'D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-ad.' And that turned into a mumble.

- Channing Tatum

Over Pat

I keep going over a sentence. I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it.

- Janet Flanner

United States

A conversation does not have to be scintillating in order to be memorable. I once met a president of the United States, and his second sentence to me was about knees.

- Dick Cavett

Love Everybody

Chris Matthews can't start any sentence without 'Let me ask you this... ' And I love Chris Matthews! But almost everybody in journalism does it. Who's stopping you? Just say it!

- Dick Cavett

Want Half

I don't want someone taking half a sentence or paraphrasing me... Just too much risk.

- Jason Calacanis

Dots Period

In one sentence, I'd describe myself as indescribable. But, I wouldn't end it with a period. I'd end it with three dots.

- Jason Schwartzman

Waiting Learns

Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.

- Don DeLillo

Always Through

I've always seen myself in sentences. I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.

- Don DeLillo

Proceeds Writer

I'm a language-oriented writer who proceeds sentence by sentence.

- Jayne Anne Phillips

Some Longer

These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder.

- Jeff Greenfield

Itself Actually

This sentence contradicts itself - no actually it doesn't.

- Douglas Hofstadter

Only Pardon

We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.

- Douglas Horton

Think I Think

I was brought up in a family of leaders, and I think leadership is a life sentence. I like changing things that will shape the future.

- Jenny Shipley

Evidence Eternal

Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body. It is eternal, and no one has one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn't.

- Eben Alexander

Last Which

I tend to like the last sentence I just wrote, which is: 'It was late in the fall and the trees lining our driveway had turned red like a row of burning matches.'

- Jess Walter

Handshake Perhaps

The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace.

- Jhumpa Lahiri

Explain I Write

I write about it in the book and, you know, explain that. But that was the technicality that actually got my sentence reduced - that Alan Dershowitz used to have my sentence - it came down eventually to eight years.

- Jim Bakker

Over Hypnotic

Often I listen to songs on repeat for days and days at a time. There's something hypnotic or meditative, and it mirrors the way that I am putting the sentence together, going back over the same phrases again and again.

- Eleanor Catton

Chapter Paragraph

Can one end anything? A chapter, a paragraph, a sentence even? Doesn't everything one has ever done go on living in spite of subsequent events?

- Elizabeth Bibesco

Some Good Story

A good story, just like a good sentence, does more than one job at once. That's what literature is: a story that does more than tell a story, a story that manages to reflect in some way the multilayered texture of life itself.

- Karen Thompson Walker

Private Property

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.

- Karl Marx

Like Prose

I would never write a sentence that didn't have a nice rhythm, or at least I wouldn't leave it to be published like that. It seems to me that prose mustn't be prosaic.

- Kate Grenville

Similar Quite

I can speak Tamil fluently, and the sentence structures in Telugu are quite similar.

- Keerthy Suresh

Replicate Chinese

There is no way for me to replicate for you what a sentence reads like for a Chinese reader.

- Ken Liu

Through Role

To hurry through the rise and fall of a fine, full sentence is like defying the role of time in human life.

- Kenneth Clark

Different Way

So usually even if you like a sentence or a story or something, it won't come out that way - it'll come out years later, and in a different way, and you don't really control that.

- Keren Ann

Bible Half

When I say a spoken Hebrew sentence, half of it is like the King James Bible and half of it is a hip-hop lyric. It has a roller-coaster effect.

- Etgar Keret

Mind Clause

The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end. This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows, that last word continues, as it were, to reverberate in the reader's mind. It has, in fact, the last word.

- F. L. Lucas

Honor Had

You have had indeed a fair trial. It is a shocking thing when a judge of your high office is shown to have betrayed the truth and his honor, and I sentence you to the penitentiary.

- Florence Ellinwood Allen

Nervous Mouth

Interviews make me so nervous - I can't get a sentence out of my mouth.

- Lara Stone

Think Country

You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.

- Larry McMurtry

Think I Remember

I think the way we talk about cancer has really evolved. I remember the way my grandmother used to talk about it, like a death sentence, no-one would even mention the word.

- Laura Linney