"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The importance of correct grammar in the home can not be overestimated. Two young people should make sure that each is rhetorically sound sound before they get married, because grammatical precision, particularly in mood, is just as important as anything else. Rhetoric and sex, in fact, are so closely related that when one becomes confused they both become confused. Take the subjunctive... Husbands are suspicious of all subjunctives. Wives should avoid them.

[Grammar: James Thurber, Ladies' and Gentlemen's Guide to Modern English Usage]

Posted by stronzo on 04.19.2012


"Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano with breasts."

[Autobiography: James Thurber, "The Secret Life of James Thurber"]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009


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