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Thinking in pictures precedes thinking in words.
      - Immanuel Kant

I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.
      - Stephen King (used pseudonym Richard Bachman)

The masterless man . . . afflicted with the magic of the necessary words. . . . Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of the hearers.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        in a speech at the Royal Academy Banquet, London

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
      - Rudyard Kipling

We might have been--these are but common words,
  And yet they make the sum of life's bewailing.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean),
        Three Extracts from the Diary of a Week

As it is the mark of great minds to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say nothing.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Words are the wings of actions.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Good words do more than hard speeches, as the sunbeams without any noise will make the traveler cast off his cloak, which all the blustering winds could not do, but only make him bind it closer to him.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
      - Abraham Lincoln

We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
      - John Locke (1),
        Essay on the Human Understanding
         (III, 10)

Fair words gladden so many a heart.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He used words as mere steppingstones, upon which, with a free and youthful bound, his spirit crosses and recrosses the bright and rushing stream of thought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the mouths of many men soft words are like roses that soldiers put into the muzzles of their muskets on holidays.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort availed not.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. I, V, l. 43)

My words are little jars
  For you to take and put upon a shelf.
    Their shaped are quaint and beautiful,
      And they have many pleasant colours and lustres
        To recommend them.
          Also the scent from them fills the room
            With sweetness of flowers and crushed grasses.
      - Amy Lowell, A Gift

A word once vulgarized can never be rehabilitated.
      - James Russell Lowell

There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
  Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on.
      - James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics

A single little word can strike him dead.
  [Ger., Ein Wortlein kann ihn fallen.]
      - Martin Luther, of the Pope

Words, however, are things; and the man who accords
  To his language the license to outrage his soul,
    Is controll'd by the words he disdains to control.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. VI)

Some grave their wrongs on marble; He, more just,
  Stooped down serene, and wrote them in the dust.
      - Richard Robert Madden,
        Poems on Sacred Subjects

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.
      - Samuel Madden, Boulter's Monument,
        said to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson

Words that weep, and strains that agonise.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch),
        Amyntor and Theodora (II, 306)

Strains that sigh and words that weep.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch),
        Funeral Hymn (23)

It is as easy to draw back a stone thrown with force from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken.
      - Menander, Ex Incert. Comoed (p. 216)

Words, however, are things.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)


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