Text Sayings and Quotes

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


There is no such thing as chance in a text. Any text is the result of a repertoire, on conscious and unconscious levels, and can only be decoded by someone privy to the same repertoire.     

Ivan Angelo

As much as long conversations, laughter riots and wild meetups are desirable, there's still beauty and satisfaction in knowing via simple text messages that you wish someone well and they wish you back the same.     

Hrishikesh Agnihotri

Mind expressed as text sits quiet like a fire under moss.     

Nick Harkaway

You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination.     

Mark Twain

Actual conversation is still okay... to a writer who types all day, texting is like never leaving work.     

Nyki Mack

There is a fine line between reading a message from the text and reading one into the text.     

John Corvino

A text without a context is a pretext for a proof text.     

D. A. Carson

Text is just ink on a page until a reader comes along and gives it life.     

Louise Rosenblatt

What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?     

Antonin Scalia

The power of a text when it is read is different from the power it has when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.     

Walter Benjamin

A text conversation is a short exchange of often grossly truncated language that corresponds to a thought made all the more shallow by the process.     

Henry Rollins

Compare sending someone a text message and getting a love letter delivered by carrier pigeon. No contest.     

Bryan Callen

A text is evolutionary by its very nature.     

Reif Larsen

Speech is a text, gesture is a text, reality is a text in this new sense. This is not about re-establishing graphocentrism alongside logocentrism or phonocentrism or text-centrism. The text is not a centre. The text is an openness without borders, of ever-differentiating references.     

Jacques Derrida

Concentrate on the text for the moment: the other parts will fall into place in time.     

Matthew Johnson

Apply yourself wholly to the text; apply the text wholly to yourself.     

Johann Albrecht Bengel

Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people's anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.     

David Crystal