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"Use words that soak up life." ~ Virginia Woolf


Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky. ~ Anais Nin

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

Working for High Times I learned that words like “free” and “brave” are negotiable. ~ Chris Simunek, Paradise Burning

Call things by their right names. Glass of brandy and water! That is the current but not appropriate name: ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation. ~ Robert Hall

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

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. ~ Elie Wiesel

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be. ~ Bergen Evans

Words possess primitive mystical incantatory healing powers… Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience. ~ Ingrid Bengis

The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done. ~ Daniel Handler

Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts. ~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. ~ Ernest Hemingway

But words are words. I never yet did hear/That the bruised heart was pieced through the ear. ~ Shakespeare, OTHELLO

Buzzwords and cliches those are stock in trade. There's nothing wrong with them. ~ Michael Nesmith

By all means, keep fighting. By all means, keep arguing. But remember words have consequences as much as actions do. ~ Bill Clinton

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