I was rereading through the introduction to New French with Ease earlier this evening, and came across this gem of a quote from Rivarol:
Grammar is the art of lifting the difficulties out of a language; the lever must not be heavier than the burden.
Something to definitely keep in mind when studying a language; I know from experience how easy it is to get bogged down in the grammar, losing sight of what you’re really after: understanding, and the ability to communicate. Grammar is needed, but it’s a piece of the pie, not the whole thing.
By the way, if you’re curious, here’s the original French quote:
La grammaire est l’art de lever les difficultés d’une langue; mais il ne faut pas que le levier soit plus lourd que le fardeau.