Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Erin McKean

American Lexicographer, Founder and CEO of the online dictionary Wordnik, Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary (Second Edition)

"People say to me, ‘How do I know if a word is real?’ You know, anybody who’s read a children’s book knows that love makes things real. If you love a word, use it. That makes it real."

"And I don't like people who eat powdered doughnuts. I don't car how careful you are, they're just plain messy. I can't believe they taste good enough to justify getting that sugar all over everything, especially me."

"I also think people should never turn down an opportunity to hold a baby. There's something about the feeling of a new baby in your arms that just fixes you."

"Experiences is just paying attention as time passes."

"I like someone who laughs, but not all the time, and not too loud. I like it when someone laughs at the world, and not at someone in particular — when some particularly absurd thing happens, not just someone falling down."

"If you want someone to stop listening to you go ahead and yell. If you want them to listen to every word, whisper. -Mimi"

"Singing when no one else is around is always good. I especially like belters. Good, loud singing is probably better medicine than half the stuff they sell in pill bottles, and it's cheaper, too. I also think people should never turn down an opportunity to hold a baby. There's something about the feel of a new baby in your arms that just fixes you."

"Singing is probably the better medicine than half the stuff they sell in pill bottles, and itÂ’s cheaper, too."

"It doesnÂ’t really matter [if she ever wears the dress], as long as she loves it. SheÂ’ll wear it a hundred times in her imagination before she even tries it on again. As long as she has the option of wearing it, sheÂ’ll be happy."

"sometimes, it seems to me that, the smaller the things is that people want, the bigger the disappointment when they don't get it, or it's not exactly right -dora"

"People say to me, ‘How do I know if a word is real?’ You know, anybody who’s read a children’s book knows that love makes things real. If you love a word, use it. That makes it real. http://on.ted.com/BU00"

"The rule is, don't speak of the dead, not don't speak ill of the dead's terrible relatives."

"This isnÂ’t a thrift storeÂ… WeÂ’re not selling them something less expensive, weÂ’re selling them something more special. We have to tell them the story of what weÂ’re showing them. And then we have to show them how they can be the new heroine in the story."