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Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Twas he that ranged the words at random flung,
  Pierced the fair pearls and them together strung.
      - Abul Qasim Mansur Firdusi (Firdausi or Firdousee)

An undisputed power
  Of coining money from the rugged ore,
    Nor less of coining words, is still confessed,
      If with a legal public stamp impressed.
      - Rev. Philip Francis (1),
        Horace, Art of Poetry

New words and lately made shall credit claim
  If from a Grecian source they gently stream.
      - Rev. Philip Francis (1),
        Horace, Art of Poetry

Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Gentle words, quiet words, are after all, the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
      - Washington Gladden

For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man usually believes, if only words he hears,
  That also with them goes material for thinking.
    [Ger., Gewohnlich glaubt der Mensch, wenn er nur Worte hort,
      Es musse sich dabei doch auch was denken.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 6, 230)

The words you've bandied are sufficient;
  'Tis deeds that I prefer to see.
    [Ger., Der Worte sind genug gewechselt,
      Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 214)

The rabble also vent their rage in words.
  [Ger., Es macht das Volk sich auch mit Worten Lust.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (II, 2, 201)

At this every lady drew up her mouth as if going to pronounce the letter P.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Letter to Robt. Bryanton

Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
      - Thomas Hardy

If of all words of tongue and pen,
  The saddest are, "It might have been,"
    More sad are those we daily see,
      "It is, but it hadn't ought to be."
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Mrs. Jenkins

I hate anything that occupies more space than it is worth. I hate to see a load of bandboxes go along the street, and I hate to see a parcel of big words without anything in them.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Words are the only things that last forever.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The arrow belongs not to the archer when it has once left the bow; the word no longer belongs to the speaker when it has once passed his lips, especially when it has been multiplied by the press.
      - Heinrich Heine, Religion and Philosophy

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Words and feathers the wind carries away.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Words are women, deedes are men.
  [Words are women, deeds are men.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

On the tongue of such an one they shed a honeyed dew, and from his lips drop gentle words.
      - Hesiod, The Theogony (line 82)

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.
      - Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

For words are wise men's counters--they do but reckon by them--but they are the money of fools.
      - Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan
         (pt. I, ch. IV, sc. 15)

There is no point where art so nearly touches nature as when it appears in the form of words.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

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