Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.Thomas L. Holdcroft
- Sir Walter Scott (Journal, March 8, 1826, with 'pauci' as the second element rather than 'nauci'):
- [... I] have arrived at a flocci-pauci-nihili-pili-fication of money, and I thank Shenstone for inventing that long word.
- "Do you think I may be too quick to find fault with things and people, Zippy?"
- "Th' 'floccinaucinihilipilification' process."
- "Th' what?"
- "Floccinaucinihilipilification!! It means 'the estimation of something as valueless'!"
- "You've been randomly reading th' dictionary, haven't you?"
- "Yes. That and my natural tendency toward antifloccinaucinihilipilification!!"
- "But if you -- as a practical matter of estimating the economy, the difference is not great. There's a little bit of floccinaucinihilipilification going on here." 
- "Digby was a floccinaucinihilipilificator at heart — which is an eight-dollar word meaning a joker who does not believe in anything he can't bite."
- Robert A. Heinlein, in The Number of the Beast (1980):
- "Sharpie darling, you are a floccinaucinihilipilificatrix."
- "Is that a compliment?"
- "Certainly! Means you're so sharp you spot the slightest flaw."
- I kept quiet. It was possible that Zebadiah meant it as a compliment. Just barely- "Maybe I'd better check it in a dictionary."
- "By all means, dear-after you are off watch." (I dismissed the matter. Merriam Microfilm was all we had aboard and Aunt Hilda would not find that word in anything less than the O.E.D.)