Quotes About Adverbs

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Quotes About Adverbs

Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasnt been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.
— E.B. White —

Nouns and verbs are the guts of the language. Beware of covering up with adjectives and adverbs.

— A.B. Guthrie Jr.

I'm glad you like adverbs - I adore them; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.

— Henry James

Adverbs are cholesterol in the veins of prose. Halve your adverbs and your prose pumps twice as well.

— David Mitchell

And there was never a better time to delve for pleasure in language than the sixteenth century, when novelty blew through English like a spring breeze. Some twelve thousand words, a phenomenal number, entered the language between 1500 and 1650, about half of them still in use today, and old words were employed in ways not tried before. Nouns became verbs and adverbs; adverbs became adjectives. Expressions that could not have grammatically existed before - such as 'breathing one's last' and 'backing a horse', both coined by Shakespeare - were suddenly popping up everywhere.

— Bill Bryson

The miracle is the adverbs. The way things are done.

— Daniel Handler

I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they're like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day ... fifty the day after that ... and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it's-GASP!!-too late.

— Stephen King

All I ask is that you do as well as you can, and remember that, while to write adverbs is human, to write he said or she said is divine.

— Stephen King

You can argue that it expresses a degree of difference between He closed the door and He slammed the door, and you'll get no argument from me . . . . but what about context? What about all the enlightening (not to say emotionally moving) prose which came before He closed the door firmly? Shouldn't this tell us how he closed the door? And if the foregoing prose does tell us, isn't firmly an extra word? Isn't it redundant? Someone out there is now accusing me of being tiresome and anal-retentive. I deny it. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.

— Stephen King

The words I overuse are all adverbs.

— Sam Shepard

Personally, I think the "Potter" books have too many adverbs and not enough sex.

— Lev Grossman

The Hebrews have a saying that God is more delighted in adverbs than in nouns; it is not so much the matter that is done, but the matter how it is done, that God minds. Not how much, but how well! It is the well-doing that meets with a well-done. Let us therefore serve God, not nominally or verbally, but adverbially.

— Ralph Venning

Adverbs and cops always come in pairs.

— Gary Reilly

Breathe deep."
"Deeply," I forced out through my tingling mouth.
"What?"
"Deeply. Adverbs follow verbs."
"Seriously? You're giving me a grammar lesson in the middle of your barfing?

— Rachel Hawthorne

Adverbs are a sign that you've used the wrong verb.

— Annie Dillard

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