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Words are mighty; words are living.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.
      - Marcel Proust

To hell with those who said our good words before us.
  [Lat., Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

An unmeaning torrent of words.
  [Lat., Inanis verborum torrens.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) 10, 7, 23

A single word often betrays a great design.
  [Fr., Souvent d'un grand dessein un mot nous fait juger.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Athalie (II, 6)

He that useth many words for the explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttle fish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.
      - John Ray (Wray), On Creation

Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins.
      - Jules Renard

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.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        in a speech at St. Louis

Enough words, little wisdom.
  [Lat., Satis eloquentiae sapientiae parum.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (V)

Words are weapons, and it is dangerous in speculation, as in politics, to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy.
      - George Santayana

Kind words are benedictions. The are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them.
      - Frederick Saunders

Youth is too hasty with words.
  [Ger., Schnell fertig ist die Jugend mit dem Wort.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (II, 2, 99)

A word too much always defeats its purpose.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

O! many a shaft, at random sent,
  Finds mark the archer little meant!
    And many a word, at random spoken,
      May soothe or wound a heart that's broken!
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto V, st. 18)

Syllables govern the world.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Power

Good words are better than bad strokes.
      - William Shakespeare

I was never so bethumped with words since first I called my brother's father dad.
      - William Shakespeare

Unpack my heart with words,
  And fall a-cursing, like a very drab.
      - William Shakespeare

Windy attorneys to their client woes,
  Airy succeeders of intestate joys,
    Poor breathing orators of miseries!
      Let them have scopes: though what they do impart
        Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart.
      - William Shakespeare

To who? To thee? What art thou? Have not I
  An arm as big as thine? A heart as big?
    Thy words, I grant, are bigger, for I wear not
      My dagger in my mouth.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Guiderius at IV, ii)

(Polonius:) What do you read my lord?
  (Hamlet:) Words, words, words.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius & Hamlet at II, ii)

Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave,
  That I, the son of a dear father murdered,
    Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
      Must like a whore unpack my heart with words
        And fall a-cursing like a very drab,
          A stallion! Fie upon't, foh! About, my brains.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
  Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, iii)

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (King at III, iii)

But yesterday the word of Caesar might
  Have stood against the world. Now lies he there,
    And none so poor to do him reverence.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

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