Top 25 Understatement Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Understatement Quotes from famous people such as John Hurt, Sherwin B. Nuland, Meghan McCain, Russell Page, Janet Mock, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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I first decided that I wanted to act when I was 9. And I was at a very bizarre prep school at the time; to say ‘high Anglo-Catholic’ would be a real English understatement.
John Hurt
I was, in the 1960s, in a marriage. To use the word ‘bad’ would be perhaps the understatement of the year. It was dreadful.
Sherwin B. Nuland
My favorite thing about my grandmother is her lust for life and how much she has shown me about living every day to the fullest. To say my grandmother has paved the way for me and so many women out there like me is an understatement.
Meghan McCain
A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.
Russell Page
To say that I loved school would be an understatement. It was my oasis, my sanctuary.
Janet Mock
To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement.
Cain Velasquez
I don’t like being flattered. It doesn’t suit my English sensibilities. Remember, we are the great country of understatement.
Martin Parr
Am I blessed? That would be an understatement.
Amruta Khanvilkar
My father was a really funny guy. He lived a good long life. And he was the reason I wanted to be funny and become a comedian and a comedy writer, so to say that he’s somewhat of a mythic figure in my life would be an understatement.
Carol Leifer
It’s not an understatement to say that I owe everything as an actor to ‘Merlin.’ It was pretty much my first job, and I didn’t know what I was doing for many years on it. It wasn’t until the third and fourth series – the fourth series especially – that I really found my feet with the character, and as an actress.
Katie McGrath
In 1975, I left the burning city of Beirut for the quiet insanity of England. To say that short, frail and wispy 15-year-old me didn’t fit in would be such an understatement as to be a joke.
Rabih Alameddine
Films like ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Chinatown’ and ‘The Exorcist’ brought a realism and currency and understatement to their genres that we wanted for ‘Mildred Pierce.’
Todd Haynes
The black man’s journey within the genre of grappling wasn’t unlike the challenges their brethren faced in professional sports, entertainment and, most importantly, everyday life. To say it was challenging would be a massive understatement.
Jim Ross
To say that my dad pushed me is an understatement. I was never naturally drawn to football.
Thierry Henry
To say that I am organized is an understatement, but my car tells a different story.
Emily Procter
In 2007, when I was governor of New York, I proposed that our state once again permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. To say the proposal lit a firestorm in the political arena is an understatement.
Eliot Spitzer
I’m pretty blessed when it comes to clear skin. I owe that to being Cape Verdian. My whole family has great skin. My grandfather is 80 but doesn’t look a day over 50. And we all love the sun, too, so blessed is an understatement!
Amber Rose
Whether you are sixteen or over sixty, remember, understatement is the rule of a fine makeup artist.
Helena Rubinstein
To say I like social media is an understatement.
Eva Chen
To say that the grocery business is cutthroat would be a major understatement.
Jason Fried
I have a T-shirt that says, ‘Ball is life.’ My wife says ‘That’s an understatement for you.’
Jamal Crawford
‘Fan’ is an understatement. I had the Spider-Man costume, I had bed sheets, toys, you name it. I’ve always had an argument with my best friend that Spider-Man was way better than Batman. I was a massive fan growing up.
Tom Holland
Diwali is chaotic in the Kapoor household, and that’s an understatement. I normally throw a huge card party with all my close friends and my close knit group from the industry.
Ekta Kapoor
The understatement is the English contribution to comedy.
Jim Davis
WrestleMania is a major event and that’s an understatement obviously, but it’s a major event from the standpoint that many other companies use WrestleMania as a source of creating new revenue.
Jim Ross