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Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.

Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
The words of the world want to make sentences.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
By words the mind is winged.
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.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Words of love, are works of love.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.
A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words... the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.
Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new... But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
The two most beautiful words in the English language are: Check Enclosed.
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible
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.
I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside.
Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.

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