Quotes About Words

Words are important. Our words will set the course of our relationships, often they will set the course of our lives as well. Although words and language are the means of expressing ourselves as humans, it is generally believed that speaking less is better and more appreciated than abundance of words. Less is more!

Quotes and sayings about words will speak different stories. It mostly depends on the context of its authors. If the author is a professional writer, his quotes about words will mostly be positive - they are the purpose of his life and work. On the other hand, politicians may describe words a bit differently. Scientists and entreprenuers too. Follow the quotes and sayings about words and see what you can learn about your own words.

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"'Always' and 'never' are two words you should always remember never to use." Wendell Johnson

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." Andrew Carnegie

"Be a good listener. Unlike your mouth, your ears will never get you in trouble." Frank Tyger

"We should constantly use the most common, little, easy words (so they are pure and proper) which our language affords." John Wesley

"He can keep silence well. That man's silence is wonderful to listen to." Thomas Hardy

"For women the best aphrodisicacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time." Isabel Allende

"Eating words has never given me indigestion." Winston Churchill

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact." George Elliot

"I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm." Calvin Coolidge

"I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels." John Calvin

"Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them." Senator Morris Udall

"People who make no noise are dangerous." Jean De La Fontaine

"The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they've been in." Dennis Potter

"Too many people who don't know anything about anything say too much about what they don't know." Unknown author

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy." Johann Wolfgang Goethe

"It is with words as with sunbeams: the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." Robert Southey

"Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak." Epictetus

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts." Robert Fulghum

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

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln

"Words are loaded pistols." Jean-Paul Sartre

"Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clearer." Joseph Joubert

"Words are the tokens current and accepted for conceits, as moneys are for values." Francis Bacon

"Of every four words I write, I strike out three." Nicolas Boileau

"Words are men’s daughters, but God’s sons are things." Samuel Madden

"I have always suspected that the reading is right, which requires many words to prove it wrong; and the emendation wrong, that cannot without so much labour appear to be right." Samuel Johnson

"All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words." Amy Lowell

"Words may be false and full of art, sighs are the natural language of the heart." Thomas Shadwell

"Men of few words are the best men." William Shakespeare

"A fool and his words are soon parted." William Shenstone

"Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style." Jonathan Swift

"It’s good food and not fine words that keeps me alive." Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliére

"But words once spoke can never be recalled." Wentworth Dillon, Earl Of Roscommon

"Words are wise men’s counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other doctor whatsoever, if but a man." Thomas Hobbes

"Grasp the subject, the words will follow." Marcus Porcius Cabo

"A barren superfluity of words." Sir Samuel Garth

"But words are words; I never yet did hear that the bruised heart was piercéd through the ear." William Shakespeare

"The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them." Stephen King

"Language is the dress of thought; every time you talk your mind is on parade." Dr. Samuel Johnson

"What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things." Margaret Meade

"The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use." Washington Irving

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink." George Orwell

"Men are alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they are different." Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliére

"A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words." Samuel Butler

"What would I do if I had only six months left to live? I'd type faster." Isaac Asimov

"No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous." Henry Brooks Adams

"There is no use indicting words, they are no shoddier than what they peddle." Samuel Beckett

"I am not yet so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven. Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things which they denote." Samuel Johnson

"Oaths are but words, and words but wind." Samuel Butler

"Prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in the best order!" Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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