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Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
A word is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day.
If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.
A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please.
The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain
It's a writer's job to carve with language, to hew close to the bone.
Words so vascular and alive they would bleed if you cut them, words that walked and ran.
The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold.
My general theory since 1971 has been that the word is literally a virus, and that it has not been recognized as such because it has achieved a state of relatively stable symbiosis with its human host; that is to say, the word virus (the Other Half) has established itself so firmly as an accepted part of the human organism that it can now sneer at gangster viruses like smallpox and turn them in to the Pasteur Institute.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us.
For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
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.
All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.
Words from the thread on which we string our experiences.
All words are part true and part false.
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words. When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a weasel word after another there is nothing left of the other.
What you keep by you, you may change and mend but words, once spoken, can never be recalled.
To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
An average English word is four letters and a half. By hard, honest labor I've dug all the large words out of my vocabulary and shaved it down till the average is three and a half... I never write metropolis for seven cents, because I can get the same money for city. I never write policeman, because I can get the same price for cop.... I never write valetudinarian at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn't do it for fifteen.

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