The road to hell is paved with adverbs.— Stephen King
Most Powerful Adverb quotations
I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.
I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
I get imaginative with a mouth full of adjectives, A brain full of adverbs, and a box full of laxatives, Shittin' on rappers, causin' hospital accidents.
Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.
If you are using an adverb, you have got the verb wrong.
Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him.
They say love's like a bus, and if you wait long enough another one will come along, but not in this place where the buses are slow and most of the cute ones are gay.
Using adverbs is a mortal sin.
Empty your knapsack of all adjectives, adverbs and clauses that slo your stride and weaken your pace. Travel light. Remember the most memorable sentences in the English language are also the shortest: "The King is dead" and "Jesus wept."
I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.
Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same reason. Just remember before you do that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him.
Never use an adverb to modify the verb 'said' .
. . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange.
Every adjective and adverb is worth five cents. Every verb is worth fifty cents.
Adverbs are a sign that you've used the wrong verb.
Surely: the adverb of a man without an argument.
All the words in the English language are divided into nine great classes.
These classes are called the Parts of Speech. They are Article, Noun, Adjective, Pronoun, Verb, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.
The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs - ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I'm most happy to be a writer.
I think the adverb is a much-maligned part of speech.
Its always accused of being oppressive, even tyrannical, when in fact its so supple and sly.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
A relativist is an individual who doesn't know the difference between an adjective and an adverb.
Love can smack you like a seagull, and pour all over your feet like junk mail.
I think the best way to put it is that newspictures are the noun and the verb;
our kind of photography is the adjective and adverb. The newspicture is a single frame; ours, a subject viewed in series. The newspicture is dramatic, all subject and action. Ours shows what's back of the action.
The words I overuse are all adverbs.
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.
The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done.
I am dead to adverbs; they cannot excite me. To misplace an adverb is a thing which I am able to do with frozen indifference; it can never give me a pang. There are subtleties which I cannot master at all - they confuse me, they mean absolutely nothing to me - and this adverb plague is one of them.
Probably the best way to describe my writing style is to refer you to "purple prose", which was a tag given to the early mass market magazine writers earning a half cent a word for their fiction. They had to use every adjective, verb and adverb in the English language to add word count to stories in order to feed and support families.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Younger women tend to be busier, wearing more layers and more make-up.
I don't know if it's because older women are more confident, or just that we don't care any more. But that pared-down approach is the same with the sentences I write; I take out adjectives and adverbs and keep the description to a minimum.
I don't really know what an adverb is.
A dangling participle? That sounds really rude. I don't know what character is, really. Plot seems vaguely juvenile to me. It's all about language, it's all about how you apply it to the page.
No worries, Atticus. I will snarf surreptitiously. And I should get bacon, because my adverb was two syllables longer than yours, plus a bonus for alliteration." I grinned. "It's a deal. You're the best hound ever.
There's enough adverbs in the world for you to start creating new ones.
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.
Death to all modifiers, he declared one day, and out of every letter that passed through his hands went every adverb and every adjective.
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. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.