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“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
— Abigail Adams

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”
— John Adams

Words of love, are works of love.”
— William R. Alger

“When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.”
— Gracie Allen

“Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.”
— Hannah Arendt

“By words the mind is winged.”
— Aristophanes

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.”
— Burt Bacharach

“The words of the world want to make sentences.”
— Gaston Bachelard

“I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.”
— Gaston Bachelard

“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

“Today the discredit of words is very great. Most of the time the media transmit lies. In the face of an intolerable world, words appear to change very little. State power has become congenitally deaf, which is why –but the editorialists forget it –terrorists are reduced to bombs and hijacking.”
— John Berger

“The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold.”

“There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.”
— Frederika Bremer

“Bu” 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

“My general theory since 1971 has been that the word is literally a virus, and that it has not been recognized as such because it has achieved a state of relatively stable symbiosis with its human host; that is to say, the word virus (the Other Half) has established itself so firmly as an accepted part of the human organism that it can now sneer at gangster viruses like smallpox and turn them in to the Pasteur Institute.”
— William S. Burroughs

“A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.”
— Robert Burton

“Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbors, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.”
— Samuel Butler

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”
— Lord Byron

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”
— Orson Scott Card

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”
— Dale Carnegie

“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.”
— Lewis Carroll

“Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.”
— Willa Cather

“I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside.”
— Stuart Chase

“Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don’t understand us.””
— Malcolm De Chazal

“Eating words has never given me indigestion.”
— Winston Churchill

“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”
— Winston Churchill

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.”
— Confucius

“Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life?” The Master said, ”Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
— Confucius

“Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.”
— Cyril Connolly

“A word carries far — very far — deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.”
— Joseph Conrad

“Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.”
— Joseph Conrad

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.”
— Calvin Coolidge

“Words are made for a certain exactness of thought, as tears are for a certain degree of pain. What is least distinct cannot be named; what is clearest is unutterable.”
— Rene Daumal

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”
— Philip K. Dick

“A word is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day.”
— Emily Dickinson

“I’ve been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap?”
— Phyllis Diller

“Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.”
— George Eliot

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”
— T. S. Eliot

“If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.”
— Ralph Ellison

“Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.”
— Anatole France

“Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.”
— Patricia Fripp

“Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.”
— W. Gladden

“I haven’t much opinion of words. They’re apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that’s what I say.”
— Ellen Glasgow

“Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Every spoken word arouses our self-will.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“When ideas fail, words come in very handy.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.”
— Baltasar Gracian

“Keep your words sweet — you may have to eat them. I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
— Stephan Grellet

“In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.”
— John B. S. Haldane

“We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they will be misinterpreted.”
— Harold Robbins Haldeman

“There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them. Besides, to distrust words, and indict them for the horrors that might slumber unobtrusively within them –isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual?”
— Vaclav Havel

“Our lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like excuse me and other such simple courtesies… Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.”
— Ed Hays

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“All our words from loose using have lost their edge.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“Words are wise men’s counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools.”
— Thomas Hobbes

“Words are the money of fools.”
— Thomas Hobbes

“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

“Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.”
— Horace

“A word once uttered can never be recalled.”
— Horace

“Strong words are required for weak principles.”
— Doug Horton

“Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.”
— Ruth Hubbard

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”
— Pearl Strachan Hurd

“Words from the thread on which we string our experiences.”
— Aldous Huxley

“Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience.”
— Julian S. Huxley

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.”
— Henrik Ibsen

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”
— Eric Idle

“As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new… But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.”
— June Jordan

“Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.”
— Joseph Joubert

“All words are part true and part false.”
— Master Kahn

“Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.”
— John Maynard Keynes

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
— Rudyard Kipling

“What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work? A stick!”
— Kirchenbaum

“The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.”
— Karl Kraus

“Our great men have written words of wisdom to be used when hardship must be faced. Life obliges us with hardship so the words of wisdom shouldn’t go to waste.”
— L’Chiam

“Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.”
— Lao-Tzu

“He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.”
— Johann Kaspar Lavater

“Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used.”
— David Lehman

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

“Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously.”
— Sidney Madwed

“The two most beautiful words in the English language are: ”Check Enclosed.””
— Dorothy Parker

“The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts.”
— Charles H. Parkhurst

“On a single winged word hath hung the destiny of nations.”
— Wendell Phillips

“In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.”
— Plutarch

“If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”
— Chinese Proverb

“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”
— Yiddish Proverb

“Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”
— Dan Quayle

“A single word often betrays a great design.”
— Jean Racine

“There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.”
— Thomas Reid

“Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins.”
— Jules Renard

“Words are the small change of thought.”
— Jules Renard

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

“One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called ”weasel words.” When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a ”weasel word” after another there is nothing left of the other.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled.”
— Earl of Roscommon

“A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please.”
— Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Each group of words is processed by the brain as a single thought. And because the words are viewed in context, you retain them more accurately than if you processed the words individually.”
— Rose Saperstein

“Words are loaded pistols.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

“A word too much always defeats its purpose.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
— William Shakespeare

“Nothing can throw thee into the infernal abyss so much as this detested word — heed well! — this mine and thine.”
— Angelus Silesius

“It is with words as with sunbeams — the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”
— Robert Southey

“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
— Herbert Spencer

“Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.”
— Joseph Stalin

“Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.”
— Adlai E. Stevenson

“The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.”
— Edward Thorndike

“The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary.”
— Alexis De Tocqueville

“A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words… the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.”
— Mark Twain

“An average English word is four letters and a half. By hard, honest labor I’ve dug all the large words out of my vocabulary and shaved it down till the average is three and a half… I never write ”metropolis” for seven cents, because I can get the same money for ”city.” I never write ”policeman,” because I can get the same price for ”cop.”… I never write ”valetudinarian” at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn’t do it for fifteen.”
— Mark Twain

“I don’t give a damn for man that can spell a word only one way.”
— Mark Twain

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
— Mark Twain

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
— Mark Twain

“Please God, make my words today sweet and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them.”
— Source Unknown

“Good words are worth a thousand pictures.”
— Source Unknown

“One thing you can give and still keep is your word.”
— Source Unknown

“Political correctness is simply a speed bump in the traffic of truth, free thought and speech.”
— Source Unknown

“The 500 most commonly used words have an average of 28 meanings each.”
— Source Unknown

“The written word can be erased — not so with the spoken word.”
— Source Unknown

“When I look at you, the wheels of time stand still vs. Your face could stop a clock”
— Source Unknown

“When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.”
— Source Unknown

“Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.”
— Source Unknown

“It is with a word as with an arrow — once let it loose and it does not return.”
— Source Unknown

“You can stroke people with words.”
— Source Unknown

“The supply of words in the world market is plentiful but the demand is falling. Let deeds follow words now.”
— Lech Walesa

“Words are men’s daughters, but God’s sons are things.”
— Izaak Walton

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.”
— Evelyn Waugh

Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground.”
— Noah Webster

“Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A new word is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

“Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.”
— William Butler Yeats

“There’s no sentence that’s too short in the eyes of God.”
— William Zinsser

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