Quotation by Edgar Allan Poe

The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood.... For the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. repr. In Essays and Reviews (1984). "Marginalia," Graham's Magazine (Philadelphia, Feb. 1848).
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