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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

The written word can be erased -- not so with the spoken word. - Source Unknown

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

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

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

If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know? - Steven Wright

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

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

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

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. - Bible

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

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

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? 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

I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. - Winston Churchill

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. - 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 is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day. - Emily Dickinson

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. - Patrica Fripp

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

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

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

Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools. - Thomas Hobbes

Strong words are required for weak principles. - Doug Horton

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

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

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

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

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it. - James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

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

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. - Herbert Spencer

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

An average English word is four letters and a half. 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


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