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Word Quotes


What do writers say about works? Take a look.

  • "My task which I am trying to achieve is by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see. That--and no more, and it is everything."
    - Joseph Conrad
  • "Often when I write I am trying to make words do the work of line and color. I have the painter's sensitivity to light. Much ... of my writing is verbal painting."
    - Elizabeth Bowen
  • "One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter."
    - James Earl Jones
  • "Our words should be purrs instead of hisses."
    - Kathrine Palmer Peterson
  • "Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
    - Kahlil Gibran
  • "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
    - Dorothy Nevill
  • "The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake The five most important words: You did a good job The four most important words: What is your opinion? The three most important words: If you please The two most important words: Thank you The one least important word: I."
    - Anonymous
  • "So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with."
    - John Locke
  • "The teachings of elegant sayings Should be collected when one can. For the supreme gift of words of wisdom, Any price will be paid."
    - Siddha Nagarjuna
  • "To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make."
    - Truman Capote
  • "Words are the model, words are the tools, words are the boards, words are the nails."
    - Richard Rhodes
  • "Watch your thoughts, they become your words
    Watch your words, they become your actions
    Watch your actions, they become your habits
    Watch your habits, they become your character
    Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
    - Anonymous
  • "When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language."
    - James Earl Jones
  • "A word is dead
    When it is said,
    Some say.
    I say it just
    Begins to live
    That day."
    - Emily Dickinson ("A Word is Dead")
  • "Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment."
    - Learned Hand
  • "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
  • "Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad."
    - Manly Hall
  • "Words are the most powerful thing in the universe... Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind."
    - Charles Capps
  • "Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness."
    - Jim Rohn
  • "Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within."
    - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • "Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning."
    - Benjamin Franklin
  • "Words--so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them!"
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator."
    - Anonymous
  • "You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken--unspeakable!--fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse--a little tiny mouse!--of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."
    - Winston Churchill

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