Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
Author: W. Gladden
I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say.
Author: Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945)
Profession: American Novelist
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)
Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer
Keep your words sweet -- you may have to eat them. I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Author: Stephan Grellet
In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.
Author: John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964)
Profession: British Scientist, Author
We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they will be misinterpreted.
Author: Harold Robbins Haldeman (1926-1993)
Profession: American Advertising Executive, Government Official
There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them. Besides, to distrust words, and indict them for the horrors that might slumber unobtrusively within them --isn't this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual?
Author: Vaclav Havel (1936)
Profession: Czech Playwright, President
Our lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like excuse me and other such simple courtesies... Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.
Author: Ed Hays
All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.
Words are the money of fools.
Author: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Profession: British Philosopher