Spelling Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old spelling quotes, spelling sayings, and spelling proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Cynicism is reality with an alternate spelling. Woody Allen
Spelling is difficult because there are too many rules. Silent letters only exist to make it harder for illegal immigrants to learn English. Daniel Tosh
Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries eventually reflect popular choices. And the Internet is allowing more people to influence spelling than ever before. David Crystal
You can't spell 'brothers' without at the same time spelling 'others.' unknown
Religion and philosophy, philosophy and religion - they're two words which are both... different. In spelling. Eddie Izzard
Languages never stand still. Modern spelling crystallises lost pronunciations: the visual never quite catches up with the aural. Anthony Burgess
Spelling is improved when reading is done. Stephen D. Krashen
Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can carry it too far. Mark Twain
Thou shalt not use the 140 characters limit as an excuse for bad grammar and/or incorrect spelling Mokokoma Mokhonoana
A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling. Napoleon Bonaparte
There is no alternative. Every possible reason that could ever be offered for altering the spelling of words, still exists in full force; and if a gradual reform should not be made in our language, it will prove that we are less under the influence of reason than our ancestors. Noah Webster
God is so clear in spelling out His attributes in scripture in order that others would know what He is really like. Francis Chan
The English alphabet is pure insanity…, It can hardly spell any word in the language with any degree of certainty. Mark Twain
You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count. A.A. Milne
Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by school ma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world. Henry Louis Mencken
Spelling mistakes in a letter is like a bug on a white shirt. Faina Ranevskaya
As to spelling the very frequent word though with six letters instead of two, it is impossible to discuss it, as it is outside the range of common sanity. In comparison such a monstrosity as phlegm for flem is merely disgusting. George Bernard Shaw
The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people - some well-known, most totally unknown - who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography. David Crystal
It is a damned poor mind indeed that can't think of at least two ways of spelling any word. Andrew Jackson
Spelling is a way to make words safe, at least for now, until another technology appears to soften attacks launched from the mouth. Ben Marcus
The wise man is but a clever infant spelling letters from a hierographical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. Thomas Carlyle
When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. But when it's flawed, it prompts strong negative associations. Marilyn vos Savant
Spelling is the clothing of words, their outward visible sign, and even those who favour sweatpants in everyday life like to make a bella figura, as the Italians say – a good impression – in their prose. Mary Norris
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know. Mistinguett
Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences. Terry Pratchett
Some people take the spelling bee very seriously. These people are called "parents of children in the spelling bee." They're trying to make up for their own childhood of crushed dreams and misspelled words. Craig Ferguson
Language is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines. Bill Bryson
When a schoolboy has original ideas, they are usually confined to spelling. Evan Esar
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo
They spell it Vinci and pronounce it Vinchy; foreigners always spell better than they pronounce. Mark Twain