Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.

Samuel R. Delany

The written word has this advantage, that it lasts and can await the time when it is allowed to take effect.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.

Natsuki Takaya

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.

Jane Fonda

The words of the world want to make sentences.

Gaston Bachelard

Words which enlighten some darken others.

Edward Counsel

Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.

Anne Bradstreet

Sometimes words are harder than blows.

Zinedine Zidane

No man weighs his words who has but a moment to live.

Philip Moeller

Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.


Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.

Douglas Adams

Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.

Benjamin Franklin

A word in earnest is as good as a speech.

Charles Dickens