Spelling Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Spelling Quotes from David Crystal, Lauren Worsham, Mel Giedroyc, James William Middleton, Ray Tomlinson. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

The story of English spelling is the story of thousands

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
After ‘Spelling Bee,’ I started landing more jobs… I got ‘Candide’ at New York City Opera.
Lauren Worsham
I’ve spent my entire life spelling my surname.
Mel Giedroyc
I do make lots of spelling mistakes still – for a time, the word ‘corporate’ on my website was spelled ‘corprate.’ But I’m not embarrassed. The way I see it, it is part of me. The key is to become completely confident about it.
James William Middleton
I still like complete sentences that are grammatically correct without spelling errors. I don’t always achieve this, and it is irksome to read a message I have sent and discover errors. I know I often leave out words in e-mail, not by choice, but because of the way my brain works.
Ray Tomlinson
I did not love reading, spelling, math and science. I struggled. I was a terrible speller.
Gavin Newsom
I am now officially ordained. Yep, that’s right – Reverend Tori Spelling!
Tori Spelling
I was a good pupil at primary school: in the second class I was writing with no spelling mistakes, and the third and fourth classes were done in a single year.
Jose Saramago
I always loved reading. I always was the spelling bee champion. I always loved words. I always wanted to know what they meant, why you used them, who first said them. I was always interested in that.
Brenda Lee
As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment.
Peter Wright
‘Paris, Texas’ gave me a chance to play compassion, and I’m spelling that with a capital C.
Harry Dean Stanton
Religion and philosophy, philosophy and religion – they’re two words which are both… different. In spelling.
Eddie Izzard
My favorite Broadway show day-to-day, just for the experience, was ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’ The people were so much fun. It was a great show.
Barrett Foa
I paid my way through school doing set construction for film and television. I’m a member of Local 44. I was a construction coordinator on ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ for 4 1/2 years and ran their whole construction program. I did two other pilots as a coordinator for Aaron Spelling.
Michael Cudlitz
Being a working actor, you’re going to do a Spelling show. It’s hard not to.
Casper Van Dien
The next film I’m making is a horror film, and I’m making it with A24. It’s a dark break-up movie that becomes a horror film, set in Sweden. That’s all I can really say now. It’s called ‘Midsommar.’ Everybody’s been spelling it wrong. It’s ‘midsummer’ in Swedish.
Ari Aster
One of the things I really like about West African guitar playing is the way it makes harmony linear. They’re really spelling things out and turning chords into melodies instead of just letting them be these hanging blocks of color.
David Longstreth
That was mandatory in the contract with Aaron Spelling, that if you were contracted to do one of his shows, you had to do any other shows that were his.
Catherine Oxenberg
I love the feeling of creating pictures in someone’s mind just by spelling out the right lyrical combination.
Billy Sherwood
My mind still runs too fast. If we get the wrong fabric or something is stitched the wrong way, I get so angry and so flummoxed that I start spelling my words, just to slow myself down.
William Ivey Long
It is really important that focusing on things such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting doesn’t inhibit the creative flow. When I was at school there was a huge focus on copying and testing and it put me off words and stories for years.
Michael Morpurgo
When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed – from song lyric to tragic speech – must make its point, as it were, without reference back.
James Fenton
Few words in any language carry such a load of meaning as ‘honor.’ It is an old word, unchanged even in its spelling from classical Latin to modern English. Spoken or written, it does not seem to require much explanation; most people think they know what it means.
Edmund Morgan
For the weaknesses I have with spelling and all those other things with being dyslexic, I have a lot of other strengths also.
Rex Ryan
With English literature, if you do a bit of shonky spelling, no one dies, but if you’re half-way through a maths calculation and you stick in an extra zero, everything just crashes into the ravine.
Mark Haddon
The hottest trash-disco star in the world: Ke$ha! She has a lot in common with Kiss, actually, even spelling her name with a dollar sign the way Gene Simmons probably always wanted to.
Rob Sheffield
I hate it when people talk about Buffy as being campy… I hate camp, I don’t enjoy dumb TV. I believe Aaron Spelling has single-handedly lowered SAT scores.
Joss Whedon
I wanted to honor my heritage and where I came from and keep the name. It was a tough decision to even change the spelling of it phonetically. I wanted to keep it as close to the original as it can be.
Yvonne Strahovski
Aaron Spelling always had his finger on the pulse of pop culture, he knew what the public wanted to see. He was one of the most loyal men in this business and believed in me at a time in my career when no one else would.
Alyssa Milano
I didn’t become a good writer until I learned how to rewrite. And I don’t just mean fixing spelling and adding a comma. I rewrite each of my books five or six times, and each time I change huge portions of the story.
Louis Sachar
People are possibly not spelling ‘Leicester’ correctly everywhere round the globe, but they are at least saying it correctly now.
Gary Lineker
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
I really like grammar. And spelling. I was a spelling-bee kid. I’m hard-core about grammar.
Emma Stone
‘Spell it Out’ rose to be number 4 on the best-selling Amazon chart – ahead of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey!’ Who ever would have thought that spelling would one day beat sex – even if it was for only a few hours!
David Crystal
I was terrible in English. I couldn’t stand the subject. It seemed to me ridiculous to worry about whether you spelled something wrong or not, because English spelling is just a human convention – it has nothing to do with anything real, anything from nature.
Richard P. Feynman
Spelling is very easy to practice yourself whereas signing is not. So I would sit on the subway riding around New York and I would spell whatever I would see. When I watched a movie I would spell words as they came up.
Richard Masur
Audiences could never relate to me as anything other than Tori Spelling.
Tori Spelling
When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible. But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.
Marilyn vos Savant
Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don’t rain on their parade. Don’t say, ‘That’s not true.’ Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.
Gail Carson Levine
My first name, with the rare two-r spelling, came from a sportswriter named Garry Schumacher. My parents didn’t know him personally, but my mother liked the spelling.
Garry Marshall