Joseph Devlin Quotes.

1. "To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance. Great scholars and writers and polite speakers use simple words."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

2. "A child can learn what is right as easy as what is wrong and whatever impressions are made on the mind when it is plastic will remain there."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

3. "...[T]he three greatest works are those of Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. These are closely followed by the works of Virgil and Milton."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

4. "It is very easy to learn how to speak and write correctly, as for all purposes of ordinary conversation and communication,"
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

5. "Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

6. "Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great. Consider the contrast between the well-bred, polite man who knows how to choose and use his words correctly and the underbred, vulgar boor, whose language grates upon the ear and jars the sensitiveness of the finer feelings. The blunders of the latter, his infringement of all the canons of grammar, his absurdities and monstrosities of language , make his very presence a pain, and one is glad to escape from his company. The proper grammatical formation of the English language , so that one may acquit himself as a correct conversationalist in the best society or be able to write and express his thoughts and ideas upon paper in the right manner, may be acquired in a few lessons."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

7. "There is an old Latin quotation in regard to the poet which says 'Poeta nascitur non fit' the translation of which is— the poet is born, not made."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

8. "Shakespeare was not a scholar in the sense we regard the term to-day, yet no man ever lived or probably ever will live that equalled or will equal him in the expression of thought. He simply read the book of nature and interpreted it from the standpoint of his own magnificent genius."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

9. "Shakespeare used the word 'flush' to indicate plenty of money. Well, just remember there was only one Shakespeare, and he was the only one that had a right to use that word in that sense . You'll never be a Shakespeare, there will never be such another— Nature exhausted herself in producing him."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

10. "If you would essay to write for the newspaper you must be natural and express yourself in your accustomed way without putting on airs or frills; you must not ape ornaments and indulge in bombast or rhodomontade which stamp a writer as not only superficial but silly. There is no room for such in the everyday newspaper. It wants facts stated in plain, unvarnished, unadorned language. True, you should read the best authors and, as far as possible, imitate their style, but don't try to literally copy them. Be yourself on every occasion—no one else."
- Joseph Devlin, How to Speak and Write Correctly

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