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We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

Author: Abigail Adams (1744-1818)

Profession: American Letter Writer

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Profession: American Historian

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

Words of love, are works of love.

Author: William R. Alger (1822-1905)

Profession: American Writer

When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.

Author: Gracie Allen (1894-1956)

Profession: American Actress

Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

By words the mind is winged.

Author: Aristophanes

Profession: Greek Comic Poet, Satirist

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.

Author: Burt Bacharach (1928)

Profession: American Musician

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.

Author: Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

Profession: French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

The words of the world want to make sentences.

Author: Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

Profession: French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

Words are all we have.

Author: Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Profession: Irish Dramatist, Novelist

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

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.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold.

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

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.

Author: Frederika Bremer (1801-1865)

Profession: Swedish Novelist, Feminist, Pacifist