Are We All in Agreement?
The verb is the heartthrob of the sentence. Without a verb, a
group of words can never hope to be anything more than a frag-
ment, a hopelessly incomplete sentence, a eunuch or dummy of a
Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Deluxe Intransitive Vampire
The verb is the business end of the sentence, the sentence's reason
for being. That's where the action is. Without a verb, even if it's
only suggested, there's nothing going on, just a lot of nouns
standing around with their hands in their pockets.
Patricia O'Conner, Woe Is I
Use active verbs unless there is no comfortable way to get around
using a passive verb. The difference between an active-verb style
and a passive-verb style—in clarity and vigor—is the difference
between life and death for a writer.
William Zinsser, On Writing Well
Verbs give writing energy.
Vicki Spandel, Creating Writers
One who never uses the visual power of verbs resigns himself to
sentences that plod.
William L. Rivers, Writing: Craft and Art