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The Importance of Words

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The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. (Mark Twain)

Check to see if you any words out. (Anonymous/Unknown)

The knowledge of words is the gate of scholarship. (John Wilson)

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. (Rudyard Kipling)

A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt. (Mark Twain)

By words the mind is winged. (Aristophanes)

A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years. (Wendell L. Wilkie)

If words are to enter men’s hearts and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men’s defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. (Anonymous/Unknown)

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. (Burt Bacharach)

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. (Confucius)

A word is dead, When it is said; Some say. I say It just began to live that day. (Emily Dickinson)

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

Although words exist for the most part for the transmission of ideas, there are some which produce such violent disturbance in our feelings that the role they play in the transmission of ideas is lost the background. (Albert Einstein)

An idea does not pass from one language to another without change. (Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo)

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. (Edward Thorndike)

Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world. (Joseph Conrad)

He who wants to persuade should put his trust, not in the right argument, but in the right word. (Joseph Conrad)

"On my honor" -- what an ennobling phrase! Three short words, nine letters, but the summation of all we call character. (Ezra Taft Benson)

It is not of so much consequence what you say, as how you say it. Memorable sentences are memorable on account of some single irradiating word. (Alexander Smith)

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. (Robert Burton)

A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds. (Confucius)

If you really want the last word in an argument, try saying, 'I guess you're right.' (Anonymous/Unknown)

In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity. (Abraham Lincoln)

It is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. (Robert Southey)

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete. (Norman Cousins)

Eating words has never given me indigestion. (Winston Churchill)

The word is half his that speaks and half his that hears it. (Montaigne)

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. (Mark Train)

Most wonderful of all are words, and how they make friends one with another. (O. Henry)

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. (Robert Cormier)

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)

Language rarely lies. It can reveal the insincerity of a writer’s claims simply through a grating adjective or an inflated phrase. We come upon a frenzy of words and suspect it hides a paucity of feeling. (Irving Howe)

What is required is not a lot words, but effectual ones. (Seneca)

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason. (Francis Bacon)

A word too much always defeats its purpose. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Words are the voice of the heart. (Confucius)

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can make your blood boil. (Cullen Hightower)

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. (William Shakespeare)

Use soft words and hard arguments. (Anonymous/Unknown)

In the commerce of speech use only coin of gold and silver. (Joubert)

The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, and there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence. Yet, government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. (David McIntosh)

The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory, and to save an empire. (Emile de Girarden)

The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. (Charles H. Parkhurst)

Speech is civilization itself. The word -- even the most contradictory word -- preserves contact. It is silence which isolates. (Thomas Mann)

All words have the "taste" of a profession, a genre, a tendency, a party, a particular work, a particular person, a generation, an age group, the day and hour. Each word tastes of the context and contexts in which it has lived its socially charged life. (Mikhail Bakhtin)

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clear. (Joseph Joubert)

The words you speak today should be soft and tender. . . for tomorrow you may have to eat them. (Anonymous/Unknown)

There are some who only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. (Voltaire)

Through the sands of time . . . the written word has changed the course of history, inspired many to fight for their beliefs and most importantly . . . elevated mankind to a higher understanding of man's inhumanity to mankind. (David Lawrence Dewey)

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. (Mark Twain)

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the field, but not to describe human character. (Henry David Thoreau)

When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something you do not see. (Chinua Achebe)

Thankfulness is measured by the number of words; gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions. (David McKay)

Language as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God. (Noah Webster)

When words escape, flowers speak. (Bruce W. Currie)

Why are there five syllables in the word "monosyllabic"? (Steven Wright)

Words . . . present a picture of the inward man. (John Raleigh Mott)

Words are loaded pistols. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts (Voltaire)

Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key. (Henry van Dyke)

Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins. (Jules Renard)

Such as thy words are, such will thy affections be esteemed; and such will thy deeds be as thy affections; and such thy life as thy deeds. (Socrates)

Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience. (Julian Sorrell Huxley)

The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. (Joseph Conrad)

Syllables govern the world. (John Selden)

Words once printed assume a life of their own. (Wilma Askinas)

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism. (Herbert Hoover)

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)

Speak softly and sweetly. If your words are soft and sweet, they won’t be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them. (Anonymous/Unknown)

We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for that they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. (John Locke)

The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed." (Dorothy Parker)

The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I would call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man. (Gilbert Chesterton)

Ideas in the mind are the transcript of the world, words are the transcript of ideas; and writing and printing are the transcript of words. (Joseph Addison)

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it. (Arabian proverb)

Vocabulary is an index to a civilization, and ours is a disturbed one. That’s why so many of the new words deal with war, violence, drugs, racism, and not so many with peace and prosperity. (Clarence Barnhart)

“Speak English,” said the Eaglet. “I don’t know the meaning of half these long words, and what’s more, I don’t believe you do either.” (Lewis Carroll)

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, shaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. (Rex Cole)

There is never enough time to say our last word -- the last word of love, of our desire, faith, remorse, submission, revolt. (Joseph Conrad)

Because his wife is of such a delicate nature, a man avoids using certain words all through his married life, and then one day he picks up a bestseller she is reading and finds five of the words in the first chapter. (William Feather)

Nothing is more unaccountable than the spell that often lurks in a spoken word. A thought may be present to the mind, and two minds conscious of the same thought, but as long as it remains unspoken their familiar talk flows quietly over the hidden idea. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. (Matthew 12:36)

The world is satisfied with words, few care to dive beneath the surface. (William Penn)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lore, my strength and my redeemer. (Palms 19:14)

What you keep by you, you may change and mend; but words, once spoken, can never be recalled. (Wentworth Roscommon)

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words. (Henry Wheeler Shaw [Josh Billings])

He’d be a much nicer fellow if he had a good swear now and then. (John Tyndall)

If your foot slips, you may recover you balance, but if your tongue slips, you cannot recall your words. (Martin Vanbee)

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. (Voltaire)

Let they speech be short, comprehending much in a few words. (Ecclesiasticus)

A man cannot speak but he judges and reveals himself. With his will, or against his will, he draws his portrait to the eye of others by every word. Every opinion reacts on him who utters it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“But” is a word that cools many a warm impulse, stifles many a kindly thought, puts a dead stop to many a brotherly deed. No one would ever love his neighbor as himself if he listened to all the “buts” that could be said. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

A careless word may kindle strife;

A cruel word may wreck a life;

A bitter word may hate instill;

A brutal world may smite and kill;

A gracious word may smooth the way;

A joyous word may light the day;

A timely word may lessen stress;

A loving word may heal and bless. (Anonymous/Unknown)

Slovenly language corrodes the mind. (John Q. Adams)

If the way in which men express their thoughts is slipshod and mean, it will be very difficult for their thoughts themselves to escape being the same. (Alford)

There are also idols formed by the reciprocal intercourse and society of man with man, which we call idols of the market, from the commerce and association of men with each other; for men converse by means of language, but words are formed at the will of the generality, and there arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind. Nor can the definitions and explanations with which learned men guard and protect themselves in some instances afford a complete remedy -- words still manifestly force the understanding, throw everything into confusion, and lead mankind into vain and innumerable controversies and fallacies. (Francis Bacon)

Thinking cannot be clear till it has had expression. We must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in a half torpid form. Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flower. So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development. Thought is the blossom; language the opening bud; action the fruit behind it. (H.W. Beecher)

The language denotes the man; a coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in coarse or refined phraseology. —Christian Bovee.

Those who write as they speak, even though they speak well, write badly. (Comte de Buffon)

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words. (Edmund Burke)

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. (Robert Burton)

The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor. (Thomas Carlyle)

Language is not merely a means of expression and communication; it is an instrument of experiencing, thinking, and feeling. Our ideas and experiences are not independent of language; they are all integral parts of the same pattern, the warp and woof of the same texture. We do not first have thoughts, ideas, feelings, and then put them into a verbal framework. We think in words, by means of words. Language and experience are inextricably interwoven, and the awareness of one awakens the other. Words and idioms are as indispensible to our thoughts and experiences as are colors and tints to a painting. (William Chomsky)

How can we appraise a proposal if the terms hurled at our ears can mean anything or nothing, and change their significance with the inflection of the voice? Welfare state, national socialism, radical, liberal, conservative, reactionary and a regiment of others ... these terms in today's usage, are generally compounds of confusion and prejudice. If our attitudes are muddled, our language is often to blame. A good tonic for clearer thinking is a dose of precise, legal definition. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Poetry is what is lost in translation. (Robert Frost)

The first author of speech was God himself, that instructed Adam how to name such creatures as He presented to his sight. (Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, I, 4.)

Language is a solemn thing: it grows out of life ... out of its agonies and ecstasies, its wants and weariness. Every language is a temple in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined. —Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Why then should words challenge Eternity, When greatest men, and greatest actions die? Use may revive the obsoletest words, And banish those that now are most in vogue; Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech. (Horace)

Words may be either the servants or masters. If the former they may safely guide us in the way of truth. If the latter they intoxicate the brain and lead into swamps of thought where there is no solid footing. Among the sources of those innumerable calamities which from age to age have overwhelmed mankind, may be reckoned as one of the principal, the abuse of words. (George Horne)

Some hold translations not unlike to be the wrong side of a Turkey tapestry. (James Howell)

Language is by its very nature a communal thing; that is, it expresses never the exact thing but a compromise ... that which is common to you, me, and everybody. (TE Hulme)

Der mensch lebt mit den Gegenständen hauptsächlich, ja ... sogar ausschliesslich so, wie die Sprache sie ihm zuführt. [Man lives with the world about him principally, indeed ... exclusively, as language presents it to him]. (Wilhelm von Humboldt)

The poor and the affluent are not communicating because they do not have the same words. (Peter Jennison)

As any custom is disused, the words that expressed it must perish with it; as any opinion grows popular, it will innovate speech in the same proportion as it alters practice. (Samuel Johnson)

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language. (Samuel Johnson)

Language is the dress of thought; and as the noblest mien, or most graceful action, would be degraded and obscured by a garb appropriated to the gross employments of rustics or mechanics, so the most heroic sentiments will lose their efficacy, and the most splendid ideas drop their magnificence, if they are conveyed by words used commonly upon low and trivial occasions, debased by vulgar mouths, and contaminated by inelegant applications. Truth indeed is always truth, and reason is always reason; they have an intrinsic and unalterable value, and constitute that intellectual gold which defies destruction: but gold may be so concealed in baser matter, that only a chemist can recover it; sense may be so hidden in unrefined and plebeian words, that none but philosophers can distinguish it; and both may be so buried in impurities, as not to pay the cost of their extraction. (Samuel Johnson)

Words borrowed of Antiquity do lend a kind of Majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes. For they have the authority of years, and out of their intermission do win to themselves a kind of grace-like newness. But the eldest of the present, and newest of the past Language, is the best. (Ben Jonson)

Despite the great wealth of words which European languages possess, the thinker finds himself often at a loss for an expression exactly suited to his conception, for want of which he is unable to make himself intelligible either to others or to himself. (Kant)

Our concepts structure what we perceive, how we get around in the world and how we relate to other people. Our conceptual system thus plays a central role in defining our everyday realities. (George Lakoff)

Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature. (George Lakoff)

Learn the value of a man's words and expressions, and you know him. Each man has a measure of his own for everything; this he offers you inadvertently in his words. He who has a superlative for everything wants a measure for the great or small. (Johann Kaspar Lavater)

Most of our expressions are metaphorical ... the philosophy of our forefathers lies hidden in them. (Lichtenberg)

Regardless of how primitive or abbreviated language may be, it is pivotal to cognition: by means of it we designate numbers, perform mathematics, calculations, analyze perceptions, distinguish the essential from the nonessential, and form categories of distinct impressions. Apart from being a means of communicating, language is fundamental to perception and memory, thinking and behavior. It organizes our inner life. (AR Luria)

Bad words are as influential as the plague and the pestilence. They have wrought more evil than battle, murder, and sudden death. They creep through the ear into the heart, call up all its bad passions, and tempt it to break God's commandments. A few bad words got into the ear of the mother of mankind, and they led her on to eat the forbidden fruit, and thus to bring death into the world. (G. Mogridge)

What is originality? To see something that has no name as yet and hence cannot be mentioned although it stares us all in the face. The way men usually are, it takes a name to make something visible for them. Those with originality have for the most part also assigned names. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

According to Solomon, life and death are in the power of the tongue; and as Euripides truly affirmeth, every unbridled tongue in the end shall find itself unfortunate; in all that ever I observed I ever found that men's fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues, and more men's fortunes overthrown thereby, also, than by their vices. (Sir Walter Raleigh)

A language will often be wiser, not merely than the vulgar, but even than the wisest of those who speak it. Being like amber in its efficacy to circulate the electric spirit of truth, it is also like amber in embalming and preserving the relics of ancient wisdom, although one is not seldom puzzled to decipher its contents. Sometimes it locks up truth, which were once well known, but which, in the course of ages, have passed out of sight and been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths, of which, though they were never plainly discerned, the genius of its framers caught a glimpse in a happy moment of divination. (George Augustus Sala)

Words are weapons, and it is dangerous in speculation, as in politics, to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy. (George Santayana)

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning-flashes of genius, which, unless thus fixed and arrested, might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning. (Trench)

Not in books only, not yet in oral discourse, but often also in words there are boundless stores of moral and historic truth, and no less of passion and imagination laid up, from which lessons of infinite worth may be derived. (Whately)

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. (Bertrand Russell)

There is no such thing as chance or accident; the words merely signify our ignorance of some real and immediate cause. (Adam Clarke)

The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting. (Amanda Cross)

To be slow in words is a woman's only virtue. (William Shakespeare)

Choice word and measured phrase above the reach Of ordinary men. (William Wordsworth)

Tzu-kung asked, 'Is there a single word which can be a guide to conduct throughout one's life?' The Master said, 'It is perhaps the word 'shu.' Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. (Confucius)

Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all, and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time. (Cecilia Bartholomew)

One cannot guess how a word functions. One has to look at its use and learn from that. But the difficulty is to remove the prejudice which stands in the way of doing this. It is not a stupid prejudice. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Through some strange and powerful principle of "mental chemistry" which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, "that something" which recognizes no such word as "impossible," and accepts no such reality as failure. (Napoleon Hill)

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Oaths are but words, and words but wind. (Samuel Butler)

The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping. (Virginia Woolf)

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" (Alan Alexander Milne)

Like a beautiful flower that is colorful but has no fragrance, even well spoken words bear no fruit in one who does not put them into practice. (Buddha)

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won't fill a bushel. (Benjamin Franklin)

Chauncey Depew, when he was ninety-two, was asked: "What is the most beautiful word in the language?" The elderly lawyer quickly replied: "Home." (Chauncey Depew)

Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure. (Francois Fenelon)

Criticism is only words about words, and of what use are words about such words as these? (Gilbert Chesterton)

Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled by them. (Henry Ward Beecher)

When you doubt between words, use the plainest, the commonest, the most idiomatic. Eschew fine words as you would rouge; love simple ones as you would the native roses on your cheek. (Johan Kaspar Lavater)

We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if only words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. (John Locke)

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all." (Lewis Carroll)

Put First Things First! These four words cover an entire philosophy which can be applied with profit by every business leader, by every executive and by every employee. (Thomas Watson)

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know. (Abraham Lincoln)

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. (Wernher von Braun)

'Tis well said again; And 'tis a kind of good deed to say well: And yet words are no deeds. (William Shakespeare)

It is not a lucky word, this name impossible; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths. (Thomas Carlyle)

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. (Benjamin Franklin)

To utter pleasant words without practicing them, is like a fine flower without fragrance. (Buddha)

It does not require many words to speak the truth. (Chief Joseph)

A picture is a poem without words. (Confucius)

Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words. (Dorothy Parker)

You can suffocate a thought by expressing it with too many words. (Frank A. Clark)

Where words fail, music speaks. (Hans Christian Anderson)

He who dictates and formulates the words and phrases we use, he who is master of the press and radio, is master of the mind. Repeat mechanically your assumptions and suggestions, diminish the opportunity for communicating dissent and opposition. This is the formula for political conditioning of the masses. (Joost Meerloo)

And what is word knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge? (Kahil Gibran)

"If" is a word that has humbled many gardeners. But it hasn't made us quit. (Katherine Endicott)

Only the suppressed word is dangerous. (Ludwig Borne)

A word after a word after a word is power. (Margaret Atwood)

Words and deeds are quite indifferent modes of the divine energy. Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life: that word is love. (Sophocles)

A moment's thinking is an hour in words. (Thomas Hood)

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself. Anybody can have ideas -- the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph. (Mark Twain)

I believe that words can help us move or keep us paralyzed, and that our choices of language and verbal tone have something - a great deal - to do with how we live our lives and whom we end up speaking with and hearing; and that we can deflect words by trivialization, of course, but also by ritualized respect, or we can let them enter our souls and mix with the juices of our minds. (Adrienne Cecile Rich)

Although words exist for the most part for the transmission of ideas, there are some which produce such violent disturbance in our feelings that the role they play in the transmission of ideas is lost in the background. (Albert Einstein)

Many words and expressions which only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and their use in everyday speech and writing is evidence of a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality. (Douglas Noel Adams)

You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. (Karl Friedrich Gauss)

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words. (Samuel Johnson)

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. (Winston Churchill)

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. (Thomas Jefferson)

Can't is a word of defeat. Can is a word of power. (Anonymous/Unknown)

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. (Winston Churchill)

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. (Herbert Spencer)

A knock-down argument: 't is but a word and a blow. (John Dryden)

The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter. (Blaise Pascal)

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking. (John Maynard)

There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people. (Logan Smith)

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few. (Pythagoras)

Words are heavy like rocks, they weigh you down. If birds could talk they wouldn't be able to fly. (Rosalie Graber)

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that he sometimes has to eat them. (Adlai Stevenson)

A short saying often contains much wisdom. (Sophocles)

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (William Shakespeare)

Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words. (Dorothy Parker)

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. (Victor Marie Hugo)

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style. (Sydney Smith)

Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. (Alexander Pope)

If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now. (Woodrow Wilson)

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. (William Shakespeare)

We're fascinated by the words -- but where we meet is in the silence behind them. (Ram Doss)

Something is wrong with a sentence when you can delete words and not sense the loss. (Sylvan Barnet)

The purpose of fish traps is to catch fish. When the fish are caught, the traps are forgotten. The purpose of rabbit snares is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snares are forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where is the man who has forgotten all words. He is the one I would like to speak with. (Chuang Tzu)

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. (Ingrid Bengis)