Word Quotes

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Words are the money of fools. Thomas Hobbes
Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear. Joseph Joubert
Words are loaded pistols. Jean-Paul Sartre
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. Chinese Proverb
A word from the mouth is like a stone from a sling. Spanish Proverb
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
To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired. George Santayana
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
Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact. Willa Cather
A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please. Jean Jacques Rousseau
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
It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. Robert Southey
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. Edward Thorndike
You can stroke people with words. Anonymous
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
Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins. Jules Renard
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. Adlai E. Stevenson
Words of love, are works of love. William R. Alger
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
By words the mind is winged. Aristophanes
A new word is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Political correctness is simply a speed bump in the traffic of truth, free thought and speech. Anonymous
A word once uttered can never be recalled. Horace
One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. Evelyn Waugh
I don't give a damn for man that can spell a word only one way. Mark Twain
Every spoken word arouses our self-will. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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
Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings. Patricia Fripp
The words of the world want to make sentences. Gaston Bachelard
A word too much always defeats its purpose. Arthur Schopenhauer
What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled. Earl of Roscommon
I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say. Ellen Glasgow
I've been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap? Phyllis Diller
When I look at you, the wheels of time stand still vs. Your face could stop a clock. Anonymous
A single word often betrays a great design. Jean Racine
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours. Eric Idle
All words are pegs to hang ideas on. Henry Ward Beecher
When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words. Anonymous
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. John Maynard Keynes
Words are the small change of thought. Jules Renard
The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement. Henry David Thoreau
Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party. Joseph Stalin
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
Good words are worth a thousand pictures. Anonymous
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
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. Baltasar Gracian
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality. Joseph Conrad
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
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would. George Eliot
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools. Thomas Hobbes
Please God, make my words today sweet and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them. Anonymous
The supply of words in the world market is plentiful but the demand is falling. Let deeds follow words now. Lech Walesa
One thing you can give and still keep is your word. Anonymous
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. Anatole France
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. Pearl Strachan Hurd
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
Like an arrow to its mark flies the word good man's word. Platen
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
It is with a word as with an arrow -- once let it loose and it does not return. Anonymous
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
For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. T. S. Eliot
Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us.'' Malcolm De Chazal
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. Plutarch
A word carries far -- very far -- deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space. Joseph Conrad
All our words from loose using have lost their edge. Ernest Hemingway
The 500 most commonly used words have an average of 28 meanings each. Anonymous
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
I have never been hurt by what I have not said. Calvin Coolidge
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Henrik Ibsen
Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things. Izaak Walton
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know? Steven Wright
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
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A wise man hears one word and understands two. Yiddish Proverb
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. Anonymous
Why do social workers use five-syllable words when dealing with juvenile delinquents? Anonymous
The written word can be erased -- not so with the spoken word. Anonymous
The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. Charles H. Parkhurst
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
We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they will be misinterpreted. Harold Robbins Haldeman
When ideas fail, words come in very handy. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things. Dan Quayle
The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary. Alexis De Tocqueville
Words from the thread on which we string our experiences. Aldous Huxley
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. Robert Burton
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
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
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy. Ralph Ellison
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
A word is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day. Emily Dickinson
Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. Jim Rohn
Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously. Sidney Madwed
Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses. Hannah Arendt
It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it. James Russell Lowell
What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick. Kirchenbaum
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 alive; cut them and they bleed. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Strong words are required for weak principles. Doug Horton
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. Orson Scott Card
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Abigail Adams
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 are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience. Julian S. Huxley
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
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. Lao-Tzu
Nothing can throw thee into the infernal abyss so much as this detested word -- heed well! -- this mine and thine. Angelus Silesius
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
When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half. Gracie Allen
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
All words are part true and part false. Master Kahn
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
There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words. Thomas Reid
Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing. W. Gladden
There's no sentence that's too short in the eyes of God. William Zinsser
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. Henry Brooks Adams
The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold. Bible
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. Herbert Spencer
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
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. Ernest Hemingway
The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping. Virginia Woolf
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling
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
It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds. William Shakespeare
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. Burt Bacharach
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back. Karl Kraus
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered. Horace
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
On a single winged word hath hung the destiny of nations. Wendell Phillips
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
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
Eating words has never given me indigestion. Winston Churchill
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. Winston Churchill
Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. Ludwig Wittgenstein
The two most beautiful words in the English language are: ''Check Enclosed.'' Dorothy Parker
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
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius
Words are all we have. Samuel Beckett

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