Dictionary Quotes

Quotes tagged as "dictionary" (showing 1-30 of 63)
Cassandra Clare
“That does it," said Jace. "I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year."
"Why?" Isabelle said.
"So you can look up 'fun.' I'm not sure you know what it means.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Deb Caletti
“If you look up "charming" in the dictionary, you'll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

David Levithan
breathtaking, adj.

Those mornings when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

Italo Calvino
“The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.”
Italo Calvino

Douglas Adams
“The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy offers this definition of
the word "Infinite".
Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some.
Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a
totally stunning size, "wow, that's big", time. Infinity is just so
big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy.
Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly
huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Kristin Cashore
“I don't understand your book. Isn't every book a book of words?”
Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

Jorge Luis Borges
“The dictionary is based on the hypothesis -- obviously an unproven one -- that languages are made up of equivalent synonyms.”
Jorge Luis Borges

Nicole Krauss
“Empty teacups gathered around her and dictionary pages fell at her feet.”
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Mike              Tucker
“How come "burbled" gets to be in the Oxford English Dictionary but "tulgy" doesn't? Hm?”
Mike Tucker, Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island

Richard Dawkins
“Human suffering has been caused because too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use.

The mere presence in the dictionary of a word like 'living' does not mean it necessarily has to refer to something definite in the real world.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Agatha Christie n. A silent, putrid fart committed by someone in this very room, and only one person knows whodunnit.”
VIZ, Roger's Profanisaurus: The Magna Farta.

“Mistake is a single page in a part of Life ....
but Relation is a book of dictionary -----
So don't lose a full Book for a single page.”
Rubeccapalm Rose

Markus Zusak
“As I make my way through, I feel okayness reaching through me.
The funny thing is that okayness is not a real word. It's not in the dictionary.
But it's in me.”
Markus Zusak, Getting the Girl

Julia Quinn
“Why don’t you purchase an Italian dictionary? I will assume the expense.”
“I have one,” she said, “but I don’t think it’s very good. Half the words are missing.”
“Half?”
“Well, some,” she amended. “But truly, that’s not the problem.”
He blinked, waiting for her to continue.
She did. Of course. “I don’t think Italian is the author’s native tongue,” she said.
“The author of the dictionary?” he queried.
“Yes. It’s not terribly idiomatic.”
Julia Quinn, It's in His Kiss

Ammon Shea
“Telephone books are, like dictionaries, already out of date the moment they are printed....”
Ammon Shea, The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

Ira Gershwin
“If I'm a guy who doesn't seem so merry,
It's just because I'm so misunderstood.
When I was young I ate a dictionary,
And that did not do me a bit of good.
For I've absorbed so many words and phrases—
They drive me dizzy when I want to speak.
I start explaining but each person gazes
As if I spoke in Latin or in Greek.”
Ira Gershwin, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

Milorad Pavić
“And so, when I began to read the proffered pages, I at one moment lost the train of thought in the text and drowned it in my own feelings. In these seconds of absence and self-oblivion, centuries passed with every read but uncomprehended and unabsorbed line, and when, after a few moments, I came to and re-established contact with the text, I knew that the reader who returns from the open seas of his feelings is no longer the same reader who embarked on that sea only a short while ago.”
Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars

“There's no such thing as an unabridged dictionary.”
Jack Lynch, The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park

corgi 1. n. A high class hound, such as those that accompany the Queen. 2. n. A high class hound, such as the one that accompanies Prince Charles.”
VIZ, Roger's Profanisaurus: The Magna Farta.

Alex Morritt
“In the absence of a formally agreed, worldwide dictionary definition of 'Quotography' (in 2016), here are my two cents worth: 'Quotography is the art of pairing unique quotations with complementary images in order to express thought-provoking ideas, challenging concepts, profound sentiments'.”
Alex Morritt, Lines & Lenses

W.G. Sebald
“Tudo parecia organizado da melhor forma possível, como se de fato o mundo constasse somente de palavras, como se assim o próprio horror fosse trazido para dimensões seguras, como se para cada aspecto de uma coisa houvesse um reverso, para cada mal um bem, para cada dissabor um prazer, para cada infelicidade uma felicidade e para cada mentira um quinhão de verdade.”
W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

Munia Khan
“Words of our hearts have their own dictionary”
Munia Khan

Kory Stamper
“It is best, in fact, to assume that every verbal illustration you write will offend someone, somewhere, at some point.”
Kory Stamper, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Steven Wright
“I was reading the dictionary, I thought it was a poem about everything”
Steven Wright

Abhijit Naskar
“I hereby propose the term “miserize”, as a verb for misery – referring to “to cause misery”.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Steven Pinker
“If I were allowed to take just one book to the proverbial desert island, it might be a dictionary.”
Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

“Though a work of literature can be read in a number of ways, this number is finite and can be arranged in a hierarchical order; some readings are obviously “truer” than others, some doubtful, some obviously false, and some, like reading a novel backwards, absurd. That is why, for a desert island, one would choose a good dictionary rather than the greatest literary masterpiece imaginable, for, in relation to its readers, a dictionary is absolutely passive and may legitimately be read in an infinite number of ways.”
W H Auden

“The word "Enough”! It’s the common word, rather the only word, in the dictionary of satisfaction.”
Noha Alaa El-Din, Norina Luciano

Samuel Johnson
“Novel: A small tale, generally of love.”
Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (Complete and Unabridged in Two Volumes), Volume One

Kory Stamper
“There are occasions, however, when even S holds a secret delight or two in the form of a pink, such as the one I found among the citations (or "cits" for short) for "sex kitten":

sex kitten
sex pot
There is no essential difference in these defs [definitions], but they're not the same. Some differentiation shd be made.

The pink was written by one of our former physical science editors infamous for commenting as brusquely as possible on things beyond his remit...

Another one of our science editors who was reviewing the batch later was apparently irritated by this note, and decided to comment on what he no doubt saw as needless meddling. His typewritten response to the note about "sex kitten" reads, "I will no doubt regret saying this but I think you have misconstrued the meaning of 'physical' science somewhere along here."

But a pink's a pink. Steve acted on it for the Tenth, adding the word "young" to the definition for "sex kitten.”
Kory Stamper, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

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