Zinnia Wormwood Quotes in Matilda (1996)


Zinnia Wormwood Quotes:

  • [asked to sign Matilda's adoption papers]

    Zinnia Wormwood: You're the only daughter I ever had, Matilda. And I never understood you, not one little bit... Who's got a pen?

  • 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, for better or for worse.

    [Harry takes his first look at Matilda, grunts, and leaves]

    Narrator: Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a less emotional approach.

    [Harry and Zinnia are leaving the hospital with the baby]

    Harry Wormwood: What a waste of time!

    Zinnia Wormwood: And painful!

    Harry Wormwood: And expensive, $9.25 for a bar of soap?

    Zinnia Wormwood: Well I had to take a shower, Harry!

    Harry Wormwood: $5,000? I'm not paying it. What're they going to do, repossess the kid?

  • Matilda: I love it here! I love my school... it isn't fair! Miss Honey, please don't let them...

    Harry Wormwood: [interrupting] Get in the car, Melinda!

    Matilda: Matilda!

    Harry Wormwood: Whatever.

    Matilda: I want to stay with Miss Honey.

    Zinnia Wormwood: Miss Honey doesn't want you. Why would she want some snotty, disobedient kid?

    Jenny: Because she's a spectacularly wonderful child and I love her.

    Matilda: Adopt me, Miss Honey! You can adopt me.

    Harry Wormwood: Look, I don't have time for all these legalities!

    Matilda: One second, Dad. I have the adoption papers.

    Zinnia Wormwood: What? Where did you get those?

    Matilda: From a book in the library. I've had them since I was big enough to Xerox.

  • Zinnia Wormwood: Look, Miss Snit, a girl does not get anywhere by acting intelligent! I mean, take a look at you and me. You chose books - I chose looks. I have a nice house, a wonderful husband... and you are slaving away teaching snot-nosed children their ABCs. You want Matilda to go to college? Ha, ha, ha, ha...

    Harry Wormwood: College?


    Harry Wormwood: I didn't go to college. I don't know anybody who did. Bunch of hippies and cesspool salesmen, ha ha ha ha...

    Jenny: [insulted] Don't sneer at educated people, Mr. Wormwood. If you became ill, heaven forbid, your doctor would be a college graduate.

    Harry Wormwood: Yeah...

    Jenny: Or - or say you were sued for selling a faulty car. The lawyer who defended you would have gone to college, too.

    Harry Wormwood: What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?

    Jenny: N-nobody.


    Jenny: I can see we're not going to agree, are we?

  • Harry Wormwood: Any packages come today?

    Matilda: Mm-mm.

    Harry Wormwood: [noticing her books] Where'd all this come from?

    Matilda: The library.

    Harry Wormwood: The library? You've never set foot in a library. You're only four years old.

    Matilda: Six-and-a-half.

    Harry Wormwood: You're four!

    Matilda: Six-and-a-half!

    Harry Wormwood: 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 Wormwood: Get up, get up, get out of here, give me that book.

    [He drags Matilda, throwing the book aside, to where Zinnia is]

    Harry Wormwood: Dearest pie, how old is Matilda?

    Zinnia Wormwood: Four.

    Matilda: I'm six-and-a-half, mommy!

    Zinnia Wormwood: Five, then!

    Matilda: I was six in August.

    Harry Wormwood: You're a liar.

    Matilda: I want to go to school.

    Harry Wormwood: 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 Wormwood: You know, sometimes I think there's something wrong with that girl.

    Harry Wormwood: Hmph, tell me about it.

  • Zinnia Wormwood: [Matilda comes home from school, excitedly. Zinnia's on the phone, talking about her kids] Mine are driving me crazy. I'll tell ya, six hours a day of school IS NOT enough.

    Matilda: [walking out of the room excitedly] I'll say!

  • Zinnia Wormwood: [cutting off Harry's hat with scissors] I still don't see how you glued your hat on, Harry. I mean, I know you say you didn't, but obviously, you did.

    Harry Wormwood: I did *not* glue my hat to my head! The hat shrunk! The fibers fused to my hair!

  • [Harry has ordered out of the house the FBI agents, whom Zinnia had just been talking to]

    Zinnia Wormwood: You don't let me talk to people! I live in a cage, Harry! I need to talk to SOMEBODY besides our stupid kids!

    Harry Wormwood: Oh, yeah? Well, a man is entitled to come home and find dinner on the table, without having to wait for a convention of male strippers!

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