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How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
      - Bible, Job (ch. VI, v. 25)

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXVIII, v. 2)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
      - Bible, John (ch. I, v. 1)

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 23)

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVI, v. 24)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 11)

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LV, v. 21)

Rich in fit epithets, blest in the lovely marriage of pure words.
      - Anthony Brewer

It would be well for us all, old and young, to remember that our words and actions, ay, and our thoughts also, are set upon never-stopping wheels, rolling on and on unto the pathway of eternity.
      - Margaret Maria Brewster

Words are a wonderful form of communication, but they will never replace kisses and punches.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

Like a beautiful flower full of color, but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

You have only, when before you glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini-pimini; the lips cannot keep taking their plie.
      - Gen. John Burgoyne, The Heiress
         (act III, sc. 2)

A very good part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.
      - Edmund Burke

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words.
      - Edmund Burke, Letter

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
      - Robert Burton

Words are things; and a small drop of ink,
  Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Boys flying kites haul in their white winged birds;
  You can't do that way when you're flying words.
    "Careful with fire," is good advice we know
      "Careful with words," is ten times doubly so.
        Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead;
          But God Himself can't kill them when they're said.
      - Will Carleton, The First Settler's Story
         (st. 21)

The more syllables a euphemism has, the further divorced from reality it is.
      - George Carlin

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
      - Thomas Carlyle

High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
         (bk. I, ch. VIII)

The Moral is that gardeners pine,
  Whene'er no pods adorn the vine.
    Of all sad words experience gleans,
      The saddest are: "It might have beans."
        (The did not make this up myself:
          'Twas in a book upon my shelf.
            It's witty, but I don't deny
              It's rather Whittier than I.)
      - Guy Wetmore Carryl,
        How Jack found that Beans may go back on a Chap

Words writ in waters.
      - George Chapman, Revenge for Honour
         (act V, sc. 2)

Words are but empty thanks.
      - Colley Cibber, Woman's Wit (act V)

We should be as careful of our words as of our actions, and as far from speaking ill as from doing ill.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Multitudes of words are neither an argument of clear ideas in the writer, nor a proper means of conveying clear notions to the reader.
      - Adam Clarke


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