Top 20 Proofreading Quotes That May Change Your Perspective

Last Updated on December 2, 2020 by Scott M. Thomas

Proofreading means examining the grammatical or spelling error in writing. Every piece of writing or typography should be examined before publication. It is the final stage of the writing process. Below you’ll see some proofreading quotes that will help you to clarify the importance of proofreading. Hope you’ll love it. Thanks. 

“Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error.” – Erin McKean

“Muphry’s Law: “If you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.” – Mary Norris

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“Yesterday Mr. Hall wrote that the printer’s proof-reader was improving my punctuation for me, & I telegraphed orders to have him shot without giving him time to pray.” – Mark Twain

“I’ve reached that final moment of editing a book – the one where the text manifests as a living breathing person and starts slugging me in the face.” – Richard Due

“Self publishing’ is not as easy as it is portrayed! When you think you have finished your book, proof read, proof read again, and again, and again. Don’t believe it is ready until you have a hard copy proofed!.” – Phil Simpkin

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“I’d forgotten – perhaps preferred to forget – that I’d caved in to the interference of some copy-editor… somebody anonymous whose commitment to finding something wrong would not disgrace an Eastern European clerk.” – Ramsey Campbell

“One of the mugs, robin saw, read keep clam and proofread.” – Robert Galbraith

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“Good first impressions….are good for business.” – CS-Edit

“A book’s never gonna be perfect, but then the Romans believed perfection angered the gods.” – Melvyn Small

“Connie’s other job was proof-editing which she did very badly. Transferring the author’s corrections to a clean sheet of proofs was something Connie was unable to do without missing an average of three corrections a page, or transcribing newly inserted material all wrong… she put angry authors’ letters about the mutilation of their books under the cushion of her chair to deal with later.” – Muriel Spark

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” – Dr. Seuss

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“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” – Patricia Fuller

“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.” – Tiffany Madison

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” – Oscar Wilde

“Read your paper backward, sentence by sentence, as a final proofreading step. This technique isolates each sentence and makes it easier to spot errors you may have overlooked in previous readings.” – Claire B. May Gordon S. May

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“I work in my study, taking the collections of words that people send me and making small adjustments to them, changing something here and there, checking everything is in order and putting a part of myself into the text by introducing just a little bit of difference.” – Michael Marshall Smith

“When an editor works with an author, she cannot help seeing into the medicine cabinet of his soul. All the terrible emotions, the desire for vindications, the paranoia, and the projection are bottled in there, along with all the excesses of envy, desire for revenge, all the hypochondriacal responses, rituals, defenses, and the twin obsessions with sex and money. In other words, the stuff of great books.” – Betsy Lerner

“A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses.” – S. Kelley Harrell

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“The man is not wholly evil – he has a Thesaurus in his cabin.” – J.M.Barrie

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