Grammar police, your contribution to the world will be forgotten.
|From Catherine Marshall’s Julie, published by Avon Books, 1985|
And Lo, They Were The Grammar Police
1. You Have To Earn The Right To Make Mistakes
2. It’s Not Professional To Have Errors
3. I Am Only Trying To Help
A Measurement Of Intellect
Intelligence is a lifelong journey, not a contest. It is not indicated by spelling and grammar.
The grammar police look to find fault. True readers look to learn.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Teddy Roosevelt, “The Man In The Arena“