Dictionary Quotes

"In Dr. Johnsonโ€™s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last...

"In Dr. Johnsonโ€™s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first." --Ambrose Bierce
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โ€œabyss, n. There are times when I doubt everything. When I regret eve...

โ€œabyss, n. There are times when I doubt everything. When I regret everything you've taken from me, everything I've given you, and the waste of all the time I've spent on us.โ€ โ€• David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary
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"Any means cannot be justified until...

"Any means cannot be justified until the Ends are met, ergo: failure will NEVER be found in a winner's dictionary."
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CHILDHOOD - The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy ...

CHILDHOOD - The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth โ€” two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. -- Ambrose Bierce - Devil's Dictionary
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โ€œThe only place where succe...

โ€œThe only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.โ€ ~ Vince Lombardi
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"The first time I ever read the...

"The first time I ever read the dictionary I thought it was a poem about everything." โ€” Steven Wright
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โ€œThe most important weapon in my arsenal is the dictionary. Let me c...

โ€œThe most important weapon in my arsenal is the dictionary. Let me choose the words ... by which you think and I will tell you what and how to think.โ€ -- Iosef Vissarionovich Djughashvili (a.k.a. Comrade Stalin)
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"The English language was carefully, ca...

"The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary." โ€” Dave Kellett
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โ€œImpossible is a word to b...

โ€œImpossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.โ€โ€”Napoleon Bonaparte
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I was reading the dictionar...

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything. -- Steven Wright
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"People get all fouled up because they want the world to have mea...

"People get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were wordsโ€ฆ As if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.โ€
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"Avoid words that might force someo...

"Avoid words that might force someone to reach for the dictionary... because most Americans won't." -Frank Luntz
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"Impossible is a word t...

"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools" - Napoleon
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The only time succ...

The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
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โ€œIf you're looking for sympathy you'll find i...

โ€œIf you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.โ€ โ€• David Sedaris, Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
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"Poetry searches for music...

"Poetry searches for music amidst the tumult of the dictionary." -- Boris Pasternak.
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"It is clear that the individual who persecutes a m...

"It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster." The Philosophical Dictionary, Voltaire
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"Impossible is a word to be...

"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools" - Napoleon Bonaparte.
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โ€œThe only place where succ...

โ€œThe only place where success come before work is in the dictionary.โ€ - Vidal Sassoon
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"POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a con...

"POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906)
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"PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whomโ€” and of who...

"PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whomโ€” and of whom onlyโ€” it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906)
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"Bore: Someone who deprives you of solitud...

"Bore: Someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with companionship." - - - Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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"Impossible is a word only ...

"Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools" - Napoleon Bonaparte
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Poetry is a deal of joy and ...

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. -Kahlil Gibran
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"In Dr. Johnsonโ€™s famous dictionary, patriotism is defined as the last...

"In Dr. Johnsonโ€™s famous dictionary, patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first." - Ambrose Bierce
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