Quotes about Quotation Marks, Metaphorically Speaking

Welcome to my page of quotes about quotation marks used in ways other than literal punctuation. Enjoy! —tg

We have a queen-size bed and the dog sleeps in the middle. John and I are sort of these little quotation marks on either corner. ~Rachael Ray, in PEOPLE Pets, 2011

It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman’s brain! ~Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912

Oh, Cedilla! I hyphenventilate as I kiss ur ellipsis! I crave your caron & long to be bracketed by ur guillemets #nationalpunctuationday.com ~Eric Jones, @dericjones, 2010 tweet

It would not be sufficient to say that in his love-making with Ada he discovered the pang, the ogon’, the agony of supreme “reality.” Reality, better say, lost the quotes it wore like claws — in a world where independent and original minds must cling to things or pull things apart in order to ward off madness or death (which is the master madness). ~Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Ada, 1969

There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it. ~Joseph Campbell (1904–1987), unsourced

His face too was comical, his eyebrows fighting each other like quotation marks, his ears pink as a pig’s. ~Jenny Colgan, The Boy I Loved Before, 2004

In its final form of the name change from Herbert Lovel to William Lovell, the double l at the end of the name echoes the double l within the first name. They stand like quotation marks surrounding part of the name, and what they quote is not just an English word but an English sentence: Will i am Love ll. The name of Tieck’s character thus pronounces his identity directly: I am love. The idea of quotation marks around this “sentence” is not so far-fetched either, since using an expressive name to announce its character’s identity is itself a kind of literary citation. ~Brian Tucker, “Wordplay and Identity in Tieck’s Early Prose,” Reading Riddles: Rhetorics of Obscurity from Romanticism to Freud, 2011

My life’s entwined by curly quote marks
Clever phrases and profound remarks….
~Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist