Dictionary Quotes

In three moments a laborer will remove an obstructing rock, but three moons will pass without two wise men agreeing on the meaning of a single vowel.

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.

A Definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.

Do you ever open the dictionary right to the page you want? Doesn’t that feel good?

Had Johnson left us nothing but his Dictionary, we might have traced there a great intellect, a genuine man.

Every definition is dangerous.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

Me not no Oxford don me a simple immigrant from Clapham Common I didn’t graduate I immigrate I ent have no gun I ent have no knife but mugging de Queen’s English is the story of my life. I don’t need no axe to split/up yu syntax I don’t need no hammer to/mash up yu […]

Gratitude is a useless word. You will find it in the dictionary but not in life.