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Samuel Taylor ColeridgeProse: words in their best order; poetry: the best words in their best order.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

HoraceOnce a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Victor HugoI can, I want, I know: Three words that rule the world.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Lao-TzuSincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Blaise PascalKind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Mahatma GandhiIn prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillAll the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillEating words has never given me indigestion.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillWe are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Karl MarxGo on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

     (his last words)

Friedrich NietzscheThat for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Mark TwainThe right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Mark TwainA man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Eugene IonescoOh words, what crimes are committed in your name!

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Antonio PorchiaWhat words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Stanislaw Jerzy LecWho ever asked theses and antitheses if they want to become syntheses?

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Stanislaw Jerzy LecValue your words. Each one may be the last.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Ernest HemingwayAll my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Carl SandburgThe United States is, not are. The Civil War was fought over a verb.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Samuel BeckettEvery word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Sigmund FreudCivilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Robert FrostA complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

T. S. EliotWords strain, crack, and sometime break, under the burden.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

William ShakespeareMy words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Winston ChurchillBroadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseSpoken words fly away, written words remain.

Verba volant, scripta manent.

—  Latin phrase


Funny Quotes

Gore VidalThe four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer


Ancient Greek

HomerWinged words.

Έπεα πτερόεντα.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad E’ 871

AntisthenesThe investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of wisdom.

Αρχή Σοφίας ονομάτων επίσκεψις.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

PindarFor words live longer down the years than deeds.

Ρήμα δ᾽ εργμάτων χρονιώτερον βιοτεύει.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet


Yiddish proverbWords should be weighed and not counted.

—  Yiddish proverb


Movie Quotes

Alphaville (1965)Everything has been said, provided words do not change their meanings, and meanings their words.

—  from the film Alphaville (1965)


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