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Matilda quotes

Harry Wormwood: A book? What do you want a book for?
Matilda: To read.
Harry Wormwood: To read? Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you? There's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster.

Agatha Trunchbull: (pointing her riding crop at Amanda) Can you spell?
Amanda Thripp: Miss Honey taught us how to spell a long word yesterday. We can spell "difficulty".
Agatha Trunchbull: You couldn't spell "difficulty" if your life depended on it.
Amanda Thripp: She taught us with a poem.
Agatha Trunchbull: (mimicking Amanda with a high-pitched tone) A poem? How sweet. What poem would that be?
Amanda Thripp: Mrs. D, Mrs. I... (everyone in the room except Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey join in)
Amanda Thripp: (chanting with the rest of the class) Mrs. F-F-I. Mrs. C, Mrs. U, Mrs. L-T-Y!
Agatha Trunchbull: (strikes a desktop with her riding crop and all the children instantly face forward) WHY ARE ALL THESE WOMEN MARRIED? (moves between the desks)
Agatha Trunchbull: Mrs. D? Mrs. I? You're supposed to be teaching SPELLING, not poetry! (whacks the desk again with her riding crop)

Agatha Trunchbull: (accusing Matilda of putting a newt in her drinking water) You didn't like the chokey, did you? Thought you'd pay me back, didn't you? Well, I'll pay you back, young lady.
Matilda: For what, Miss Trunchbull?
Agatha Trunchbull: For this newt, you pi**-worm!
Matilda: I'm telling you, I didn't do it!
Agatha Trunchbull: Besides, even if you didn't do it, I'm going to punish you, because I'm big and you're small, I'm right and you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it!

Jenny: Miss Trunchbull, I was the one who was at your house last night, and I think...
Agatha Trunchbull: (grabbing and clenching Miss Honey's wrist very tightly in her fist) I broke your arm once before; I can do it again, Jenny.
Jenny: (suddenly mad, she briskly releases her arm from Miss Trunchbull's grip with her free hand) I am *not* seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull! (the class gasps)
Agatha Trunchbull: Shut your mouths!

Harry Wormwood: Since you're an educator, I'll make you a deal.
Agatha Trunchbull: You'd better.
Harry Wormwood: Let's do business.

Matilda: Daddy, you're a crook.
Harry Wormwood: What?
Matilda: This is illegal.
Harry Wormwood: (hands the car drill to Mikey, then walks to Matilda) You make money? Do you have a job?
Matilda: No, but don't people need good cars? Can't you sell good cars, Dad?
Harry Wormwood: Listen, you little wiseacre: I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Matilda: Why don't you run away?
Jenny: I've often thought about it, but... I can't abandon my children. And if I couldn't teach, I'd have nothing at all.
Matilda: You're very brave, Miss Honey.
Jenny: Not as brave as you.
Matilda: I thought grown-ups weren't afraid of anything.
Jenny: Quite the contrary. All grown-ups get scared, just like children.
Matilda: I wonder what Miss Trunchbull is afraid of.

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