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WORDS
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That blessed word Mesopotamia.
      - Unattributed Author,
        see Brewer's "Dictionary of Phrase and Fable"

He speaketh to me the words of men. I listen to him and I repeat to him the words of gods.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Egyptian Book of the Dead

The tongue of a man is his sword and effective speech is stronger than all fighting.
      - Unattributed Author,
        The Husia of Ancient Egypt,
        translation by Maulana Kaurenga

It is with a word as with an arrow--once let it loose and it does not return.
      - Abd-el-Kader (Kadir)

Words were with them forms of expression which varied with individuals, but falsehood was more or less necessary to all.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves.
      - Joseph Addison

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
      - Aeschylus

By words the mind is winged.
      - Aristophanes

A word after a word after a word is power.
      - Margaret Atwood

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
      - Burt Bacharach

Men believe that their reason governs their words; but it often happens the words have power to react on reason.
      - Francis Bacon

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason.
      - Francis Bacon

Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past.
      - Francis Bacon

Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.
      - Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning

Words are the motes of thought, and nothing more.
      - Philip James Bailey

Words of affection, howsoe'er express'd,
  The latest spoken still are deem'd the best.
      - Joanna Baillie,
        Address to Miss Agnes Baillie on her Birthday
         (l. 126)

There are words which cut like steel.
      - Honore de Balzac

One picture is worth ten thousand words.
      - Frederick R. Barnard, Printer's Ink

'Tis a word that's quickly spoken,
  Which being unrestrained, a heart is broken.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Spanish Curate (act II, sc. 5, Song)

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The turn of a sentence has decided the fate of many a friendship, and, for aught that we know, the fate of many a kingdom.
      - Jeremy Bentham

But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus said; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XXVI, v. 25)

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. V, v. 2)

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
      - Bible, Ephesians (ch. V, v. 6)

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
      - Bible, II Timothy (ch. I, v. 13)


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