(?)
Quotes are added by the Goodreads community and are not verified by Goodreads. (Learn more)
Charles Dickens

“[W]e talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannise over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well. As we are not particular about the meaning of our liveries on state occassions, if they be but fine and numerous enough, so, the meaning or necessity of our words is a secondary consideration, if there be but a great parade of them. And as individuals get into trouble by making too great a show of liveries, or as slaves when they are too numerous rise against their masters, so I think I could mention a nation that has got into many great difficulties, and will get into many greater, from maintaining too large a retinue of words.”


Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
tags: loquacity, words
Read more quotes from Charles Dickens


Share this quote:
Share on Twitter

Friends Who Liked This Quote


To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up!

35 likes
All Members Who Liked This Quote



This Quote Is From

David Copperfield David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
216,954 ratings, average rating, 7,887 reviews

Browse By Tag