Selected Quotes about Words

Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them, that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves. -- Joseph Addison

He dropped pejoratives like subliminal seasoning. -- Jim Bishop

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. -- Buddha

Words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. -- George Gordon Byron

Criticism is only words about words, and of what use are words about such words as these? -- G. K. Chesterton

She had faith in words, believing in their ability to carry inexpressible messages, trusting that what cannot be said can somehow be borne aloft by what can be said. She was right. -- Frank Conroy

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. I you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. -- Philip K. Dick

Words are finite organs of the infinite mind. They cannot cover the dimensions of what is in truth. They break, chop, and impoverish it. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them! -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. -- Andrew Jackson

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks be hind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one' s every word. -- Franz Kafka

Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. -- Jim Rohn

My God! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs and bullets -- no, they're little gifts, containing meanings! -- Philip Roth

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise. -- Sophocles

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. -- Herbert Spencer

Kind words may be short... but their echoes are endless. -- Mother Theresa

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