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The Best Matilda Quotes

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Matilda quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the fantasy family film Matilda as determined by you and your votes. Matilda centers on Matilda, a young genius with telekinesis powers. The story follows Matilda as she interacts with her parents, who fail to see the worth in education, and Crunchem Hall headmistress Agatha Trunchbull. Released on August 2, 1996, Matilda's tagline was "Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world."

What are the best Matilda quotes? What did you think of when Harry gave his opinion on books: "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"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top Matilda quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

  • (First lines)
    Narrator: Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique and special, for better or for worse. Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a "less emotional" approach.
    (Cut to Harry and Zinnia Wormwood about to take a newborn Matilda home from the hospital, with Harry complaining about a hospital bill)
    Harry Wormwood: What a waste of time.
    Zinnia Wormwood: And painful.
    Harry: And expensive. $9.25 for a bar of soap?
    Zinnia: Well, I had to take a shower, Harry.
    Harry: $5,000?! I'm not paying it! What are they gonna do, repossess the kid?
  • Narrator: Harry and Zinnia Wormwood lived in a very nice neighborhood, in a very nice house. But they were not really very nice people.
    (Harry, Zinnia, and Michael walk into the house, leaving Matilda in the car)
    Harry: (To the kids who are playing on the street) Get out of the street you little dodos!
  • Narrator: By the time she was four, Matilda had read every magazine in the house. One night she got up her courage, and asked her father for something she desperately wanted.
    Harry: A book? What do you want a book for?
    Matilda: To read.
    Harry: 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.
  • Harry: Any packages come today?
    Matilda: (shakes her head) Mm-mm.
    Harry: (noticing her books) Where did all this come from?
    Matilda: The library.
    Harry: The library? You've never set foot in a library; you're only four years old.
    Matilda: Six-and-a-half.
    Harry: You're four!
    Matilda: Six-and-a-half!
    Harry: If you were six-and-a-half, you'd be in school already!
    Matilda: I want to be in school. I told you I was supposed to start school in September. You wouldn't listen.
    Harry: Get up. Get up. Get out of here. And give me that book.
    (He throws the book aside, and leads Matilda to where Zinnia is)
    Harry: Dearest pie, how old is Matilda?
    Zinnia: Four.
    Matilda: I'm six-and-a-half, Mommy.
    Zinnia: Five, then!
    Matilda: I was six in August.
    Harry: You're a liar!
    Matilda: I want to go to school.
    Harry: School? It's out of the question. Who would be here to sign for the packages? We can't leave valuable packages sitting out on the doorstep. Now go watch TV like a good kid.
    (Matilda leaves)
    Zinnia: You know, sometimes I think there's something wrong with that girl.
    Harry: Hmph, tell me about it.