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 Education of Henry Adams"
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery
of party, faction, and division of society.
~ ~ ~John Adams
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first
~ ~ ~Burt Bacharach
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream
while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives
the right to dream.
~ ~ ~Gaston Bachelard
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
~ ~ ~Joseph Conrad
You can taste a word.
~ ~ ~Pearl Bailey
Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything
~ ~ ~Sarah Bernhardt
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization
that he has come upon the right word.
~ ~ ~Catherine Drinker Bowen
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
~ ~ ~Robert Burton "The Anatomy of Melancholy"
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
~ ~ ~Winston Churchill
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under
the spell of certain magic words or phrases.
~ ~ ~James Bryant Conant
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,
I say it just
Begins to live
~ ~ ~Emily Dickinson
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has
also the power to bind, imprison and destroy.
~ ~ ~Ralph Ellison
Every word was once a poem.
~ ~ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
~ ~ ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He pronounced some of his words as if they were corks being drawn
out of bottles.
~ ~ ~Winston Graham
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
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
~ ~ ~Horace
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
~ ~ ~Rudyard Kipling
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
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without
~ ~ ~Marcell Marceau
Words and deeds are far from being one. Much that is talked about
is left undone.
~ ~ ~Moliere
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
~ ~ ~Orson Rega
It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke.
For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke,
Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then
he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say.
~ ~ ~James Whitcomb Riley
Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man
~ ~ ~Leo Calvin Rosten
Words sing. They hurt. They teach. They sanctify. They were man's
first, immeasurable feat of magic. They liberated us from ignorance
and our barbarous past.
~ ~ ~Leo Calvin Rosten
Words are weapons, and it is dangerous . . . to borrow them from
the arsenal of the enemy.
~ ~ ~George Santayana "Orbiter Scripta"
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes
he has to eat them.
~ ~ ~Adlai Stevenson
A fool and his words are soon parted.
~ ~ ~William Shenstone
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with
sunbeams--the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
~ ~ ~Robert Southey
For words divide and rend
But silence is most noble till the end.
~ ~ ~Algernon Charles Swinburne
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are
~ ~ ~Mother Teresa
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
~ ~ ~William Makepeace Thackeray
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
~ ~ ~Edward Thorndike
It is the man who determines what is said, not the words.
~ ~ ~Henry David Thoreau
The difference between the almost right word and the right word
is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning
bug and the lightning.
~ ~ ~Mark Twain
Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.
~ ~ ~Unknown
I love smooth words, like gold-enameled fish
Which circle slowly with a silken swish.
~ ~ ~Elinor Hoyt Wylie "Pretty Words"