Words Quotes

William cowpe - words learned by rote a parrot may rehearse; but...
An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
Alfred North Whitehead

Sophocles, antigone - there is no happiness where there is no wisdom;...
The sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind.
Menande
There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. As nearly as we can, we must put ourselves in the place of those who uttered the words, and try to divine how they would have dealt with the unforeseen situation; and, evidence of what they would have done, they are by no means final.
Learned Hand
Lying is done with words and also with silence.
Adrienne Rich

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., speech to Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1952
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Wendell Johnson
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Joan Baez
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn
Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.
Samuel Johnson
Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.
Alan Stewart Paton
When one is grateful for something too good for common thanks, writing is less unsatisfactory than speech - One does not, at least, hear how inadequate the words are.
George Eliot
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
Mark Twain
For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, It might have been!
John Greenleaf Whittie
Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
William Penn
May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.
Anonymous
Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand how someone feels.
Joan Walsh Anglund
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
Homer, The Odyssey
We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, 1877
Beyond talent lie all the usual words discipline, love, luck - - But, most of all, endurance.
James Arthur Baldwin
The whole problem with news on television comes down to this: all the words uttered in an hour of news coverage could be printed on page of a newspaper. And the world cannot be understood in one page.
Neil Postman
The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
Homer, The Iliad
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
I do not know the American gentleman, god forgive me for putting two such words together.
Charles Dickens
Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality.
Joseph Conrad
What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled.
Earl of Roscommon
Use soft words and hard arguments.
English Prove
In love there are things - - - Bodies and words.
Joyce Carol Oates
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A torn jacket is soon mended but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - - The book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
John Ruskin
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Plato, Dialogues, Phaedo
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
Confucius
Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul. And sings the tune Without the words, and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
Sophocles
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Sir Winston Churchill
If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - Although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.
Confucius
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., quoted by Human Behavior, May 1978