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WORDS
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The smallest word has some unguarded spot, and danger lurks in i without a dot.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The tongue of man is a twisty thing, there are plenty of words there of every kind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

To be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Words sweet as honey from his lips distill'd.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. I, l. 332), (Pope's translation)

Winged words.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, 331), (Pope's translation)

Sorrowful words become the sorrowful; angry words suit the passionate; light words a playful expression; serious words suit the grave.
  [Lat., Tristia maestum
    Vultum verba decent; iratum, plena minarum;
      Ludentem, lasciva: severum, seria dictu.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (105)

It will be practicable to blot written words which you do not publish; but the spoken word it is not possible to recall.
  [Lat., Delere licebit
    Quod non edideris; nescit vox missa reverti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (389)

Words are the soul's ambassadors, who go
  Abroad upon her errands to and fro.
      - James Howell (Howel), Of Words

"Words, words, words!" says Hamlet, disparagingly. But God preserve us from the destructive power of words! There are words which can separate hearts sooner than sharp swords. There are words whose sting can remain through a whole life!
      - Mary Howitt

Words are often things also, and very precious, especially on the gravest occasions. Without "words," and the truth of things that is in them, what were we?
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy.
      - Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt)

"The last word" is the most dangerous of internal machines; and husband and wife should no more fight to get it than they would struggle for the possession of a lighted bombshell.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of Heaven.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Words become low by the occasions to which they are applied, or the general character of them who use them; and the disgust which they produce arises from the revival of those images with which they are commonly united.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Words too familiar, or too remote, defeat the purpose of a poet.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To make dictionaries is dull work.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        A Dictionary of the English Language--Dull

I am not yet so lost in lexicography, as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Preface to his Dictionary

Like orient pearls at random strung.
      - Sir William Jones,
        translated from the Persian of Hafiz

Before employing a find word, find a place for it.
      - Joseph Joubert

Liquid, flowing words are the choicest and the best, if language is regarded as music. But when it is considered as a picture, then there are rough words which are very telling, they make their mark.
      - Joseph Joubert

The last word should be the last word. It is like a finishing touch given to color; there is nothing more to add. But what precaution is needed in order not to put the last word first.
      - Joseph Joubert

Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence.
      - Joseph Joubert

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clear.
      - Joseph Joubert

Words, like glass, darken whatever they do not help us to see.
      - Joseph Joubert


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