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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost, poet
  • life

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. Rumi, poet
  • talking

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
  • end

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been." Kurt Vonnegut, author
  • wisdom

Speak only if it improves upon the silence. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
  • speak

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Henrik Ibsen, poet
  • Words

It's hard for me to put my feelings into words. Joaquin Phoenix, actor
  • feelings

Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman
  • belief

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams, comedian
  • change

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. Buddha, leader
  • brings

Words will not fail when the matter is well considered. Horace, poet
  • Words

What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself. Karen Salmansohn,
  • yourself

look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you... Colette,
  • creativity

If one day, my words are against science, choose science. Kemal Ataturk, president
  • science

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost, poet
  • poetry

A wise man hears one word and understands two. Yiddish Proverbs,
  • Words

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. Chinese Proverbs,
  • Words

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain, author
  • Words

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. Herbert Spencer, philosopher
  • Words

Kind words may be short... but their echoes are endless. Mother Theresa, saint
  • Words

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises. Chief Joseph, leader
  • broken

The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for. Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher
  • Words

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. Theophile Gautier, poet
  • art

It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. George Washington, president
  • Last

A word once uttered can never be recalled. Horace, poet
  • Words

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
  • actions

I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out. Katherine Dunn, novelist
  • age

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. Buddha, leader
  • care

Partir, c'est mourir un peu. (To leave is to die a little.) Proverbs,
  • Last

The sweetest two words are 'next time.' The sourest word is 'if.' Chi Chi Rodriguez, athlete
  • time

You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself. Angela Carter, novelist
  • image

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. Theodore Dreiser, novelist
  • audible

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent. Johann von Goethe, writer
  • Words

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. Mohammed,
  • Words

One thing you can give and still keep is your word. Source Unknown,
  • Words

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe, poet
  • poetry

But even in the Christian religion, much of its real meaning is hidden by words that are misleading and symbols that but few understand. Ernest Holmes, theologian
  • christian

Until we meet again, may the good Lord take a liking to you. Roy Rogers, entertainer
  • Last

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. Buddha, leader
  • Words

I have never been hurt by what I have not said. Calvin Coolidge, president
  • Words

A word is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day. Emily Dickinson, poet
  • Words

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been. John Greenleaf Whittier, poet
  • life

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell. Emily Dickinson, poet
  • Last

Words are alive; cut them and they bleed. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • Words

If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know? Steven Wright, comedian
  • Words

It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words. T. S. Eliot, poet
  • asthmatic

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness. Mother Teresa, leader
  • christ

Silence is better than unmeaning words. Pythagoras, mathematician
  • silence

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America. George W. Bush, president
  • america

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. Paul Engle, poet
  • poetry

We only part to meet again. John Gay, poet
  • Last

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is vicious. Henry Adams, historian
  • Words

Words are all we have. Samuel Beckett, playwright
  • Words

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. Orson Scott Card, writer
  • Words

Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. Jim Rohn, businessman
  • Words

A word too much always defeats its purpose. Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher
  • Words

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. Georgia O'Keeffe, artist
  • art

Words build bridges into unexplored regions. Adolf Hitler, criminal
  • bridges

What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command. Havelock Ellis, psychologist
  • blind

I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds. Bob Dylan, musician
  • depressed

Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words? Martin Freeman, actor
  • everyone

A word from the mouth is like a stone from a sling. Proverbs,
  • Words

Words of love, are works of love. William R. Alger, writer
  • Words

Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us. Malcolm De Chazal, writer
  • Words

Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
  • Words

I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
  • Words

Words are loaded pistols. JeanPaul Sartre,
  • Words

Weigh the meaning and look not at the words. Ben Jonson, poet
  • look

The oldest, shortest words - "yes" and "no" - are those which require the most thought. Pythagoras, mathematician
  • oldest

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams, photographer
  • contained

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break. William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • bereavement

Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were I go to seek a Great Perhaps. That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps. John Green,
  • francois

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa, leader
  • echoes

Friends applaud, the comedy is over. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
  • Last

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
  • Last

Never say goodbye, say farewell. Source Unknown,
  • Last

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Abigail Adams, first lady
  • Words

Eating words has never given me indigestion. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
  • Words

If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy. Ralph Ellison, author
  • Words

All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. Ernest Hemingway, novelist
  • Words

Strong words are required for weak principles. Doug Horton,
  • Words

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. Adlai Stevenson, politician
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The written word can be erased -- not so with the spoken word. Source Unknown,
  • Words

Why do social workers use five-syllable words when dealing with juvenile delinquents? Source Unknown,
  • Words

Please God, make my words today sweet and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them. Source Unknown,
  • Words

One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. Evelyn Waugh, author
  • Words

There's no sentence that's too short in the eyes of God. William Zinsser,
  • Words

Whenever ideas fail, men invent words. Martin H. Fischer,
  • fail

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within. Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet
  • conceal

I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words. Barbara Kruger, artist
  • artist

Words are illusions. Bodhidharma, leader
  • illusions

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. J. R. R. Tolkien, novelist
  • Last

The best of it is, God is with us. John Wesley,
  • Last

Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses. Hannah Arendt, historian
  • Words

All words are pegs to hang ideas on. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius, philosopher
  • Words

I've been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap? Phyllis Diller, comedian
  • Words

It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • Words

He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. Johann Kaspar Lavater, theologian
  • Words

The two most beautiful words in the English language are: Check Enclosed. Dorothy Parker, poet
  • Words

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. Plutarch, philosopher
  • Words

Words are the small change of thought. Jules Renard, dramatist
  • Words

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. Edward Thorndike, psychologist
  • Words

Never use big words where a diminutive one will suffice. Source Unknown,
  • Words

The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold. Source Unknown,
  • Words

The 500 most commonly used words have an average of 28 meanings each. Source Unknown,
  • Words

Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free. Jessamyn West, author
  • death

No one goes unscathed, we all go through things. We just can't let people's nasty words become our beliefs about ourselves, you know? Elizabeth Berkley, actress
  • become

I'm fighting against the bad poet who is prone to using too many words. Wislawa Szymborska, poet
  • against

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold, diplomat
  • friendship

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady
  • best

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. Homer, poet
  • sleep

Words are the money of fools. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
  • fools

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. Richard M. Nixon, president
  • another

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. Stephen King, author
  • writing

The questions worth asking, in other words, come not from other people but from nature, and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned out by the noise of everyday life. Robert B. Laughlin, physicist
  • asking

Good words will not give me back my children. Chief Joseph, leader
  • children

You can change your world by changing your words... Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Joel Osteen, clergyman
  • change

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. Temple Grandin, educator
  • able

Turn up the lights. I don't want to go home in the dark. O. Henry, writer
  • Last

If I where to describe myself in one word, a new word should be made. Anonymous,
  • Words

By words the mind is winged. Aristophanes, poet
  • Words

I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say. Ellen Glasgow, novelist
  • Words

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. Johann von Goethe, writer
  • Words

There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
  • Words

Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear. Joseph Joubert, writer
  • Words

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. John Maynard Keynes, economist
  • Words

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it. James Russell Lowell, poet
  • Words

The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. Charles H. Parkhurst,
  • Words

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • Words

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain, author
  • Words

I don't give a damn for man that can spell a word only one way. Mark Twain, author
  • Words

Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them. Source Unknown,
  • Words

When I look at you, the wheels of time stand still vs. Your face could stop a clock Source Unknown,
  • Words

It is with a word as with an arrow -- once let it loose and it does not return. Source Unknown,
  • Words

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. John Ruskin, writer
  • deception

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
  • act

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. Francis of Assisi, saint
  • religion

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing. Isaac Bashevis Singer, novelist
  • originality

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Ronald Reagan, president
  • english

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. Jean Paul, author
  • absence

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read. Thomas Jefferson, president
  • lives

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. Maya Angelou, poet
  • deeper

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. Voltaire, writer
  • hide

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. Sophocles, poet
  • fewest

Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership. Bill Owens, politician
  • actions

Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures - it is the designer's job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting. Paul Rand, designer
  • designer

It does not require many words to speak the truth. Chief Joseph, leader
  • require

Beneath words and logic are emotional connections that largely direct how we use our words and logic. Jane Roberts, author
  • beneath

I have things in my head that are not like what anyone taught me — shapes and ideas so near to me,so natural to my way of being and thinking. Georgia O'Keeffe, artist
  • art


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Thomas Hobbes 41 quotes
Robert Southey 17 quotes
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