In James Joyce's epic work 'Ulysses,' one of Molly Bloom's soliloquies has a phrase of 4,491 words. The longest correct phrase, according to the Guinness Book of Records, comes from William Faulkner's novel "Absalom, Absalom!" (1,287 words). However, since both these phrases contain many repeated words, they could be considered single sentences.
The most words in a single sentence, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is held by Ethelbert Nevin Haney Jr., who was convicted of murder in 1968 and sentenced to death. He served more than 60 years on Death Row before being released on appeal due to lack of evidence against him. In an interview after his release, he stated that he had written a letter to God while he was awaiting execution, asking Him to forgive him for the crimes with which he was charged. In addition to his own confession, this information came from another prisoner who had been on Death Row with Haney; he said that Haney wrote a final message for everyone on his cell wall before they were separated for their different executions.
Molly Bloom's soliloquy in James Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922) is 3,687 words long. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is an even lengthier sentence at 4,527 words.
Both sentences are complete thoughts expressed by characters in their respective works. The longest sentence in the English language has been estimated to be around 40,000 words long.
In fact, no one knows for sure how long a single sentence can be before you break down. However, most consider this limit to be around 100 words.
The English language does not have any official restrictions on sentence length so they can as long as you want them to be. But most writers agree that 80 to 100 words per sentence is ideal.
Longer sentences usually require multiple breaks between ideas or elements. In general, the more concepts in a sentence the shorter each one should be. A complex sentence structure is also indicative of its length.
In conclusion, the longest sentence in English history and the one described in this article are both well over 100 words long.
The prize for the longest sentence goes to:
Don't count words and strictly adhere to the 25-word restriction. Unless you're writing for 8-year-olds, a long series of sentences, each 25 words long, can be as boring as a collection of short ones. So here's the rule: your sentences should be between 20 and 30 words long. That's about the limit for clarity and interest.
Long sentences are hard to read and write. If you tell readers how many words are in a long sentence, they may not read all of it. Long sentences also can make it harder to understand what you're trying to say. A simple example is this one from John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden: "The coldness of his tone made her start up out of her chair." The problem is that no one single word means "cold" or "tone." A reader needs to understand that the man is angry with this girl. This comes through in his voice when he talks to her.
Short sentences are easy to read and write. They give clear messages about what's important in your story or article. Short sentences are usually two lines instead of one. Sometimes three works better, like this one from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "What's past is prologue; what will be will be; so, let us beat upon the drum and charge an attack."