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How many honest words have suffered corruption since Chaucer's days!
      - Thomas Middleton,
        No Wit, No Help, Like a Woman's
         (act II, sc. 1)

His words, . . . like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command.
      - John Milton, Apology for Smectymnuus

With high words, that bore
  Semblance of worth, not substance.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, 528)

Yet hold it more humane, more heav'nly, first,
  By winning words to conquer willing hearts,
    And make persuasion do the work of fear.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. I, l. 221)

How many quarrels, and how important, has the doubt as to the meaning of this syllable "Hoc" produced for the world!
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. II, ch. XII),
        (referring to the controversies on transubstantiation--"Hoc est corpus meum.")

Words repeated again have as another sound, so another sense.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. XII)

And to bring in a new word by the head and shoulders, they leave out the old one.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Upon some Verses of Vergil

So spake those wary foes, fair friends in look,
  And so in words great gifts they gave and took,
    And had small profit, and small loss thereby.
      - William Morris (1), Jason (bk. VIII, 379)

The word "impossible" is not in my dictionary.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

All words are prejudices.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Things were first made, then words.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury, A Wife

Ah me! how easy it is (how much all have experienced it) to indulge in brave words in another person's trouble.
  [Lat., Hei mihi, quam facile est (quamvis hic contigit omnes),
    Alterius lucta fortia verba loqui!]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ad Liviam (9)

There is no need of words; believe facts.
  [Lat., Non opus est verbis, credite rebus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (II, 734)

The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

The world is content with words; few think of searching into the nature of things.
      - Blaise Pascal

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.
      - Blaise Pascal

The world is satisfied with words. Few appreciate the things beneath.
  [Fr., Le monde se paye de paroles; peu approfondissement les choses.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (II)

On a single winged word hath hung the destiny of nations.
      - Wendell Phillips

We are pouring our words into a sieve, and lose our labor.
  [Lat., In pertusum ingerimus dicta dolium, operam ludimus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Pseudolus
         (I, 3, 135)

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
      - Plutarch

Words will build no walls.
      - Plutarch, Life of Pericles,
        Cratinus ridiculed the long wall Pericles proposed to build

Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
  Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 309)

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold:
  Alike fantastic, if too new, or old:
    Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
      Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 333)

Each word-catcher, that lives on syllables.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires (166)

They say . . .
  That, putting all his words together,
    'Tis three blue beans in one blue bladder.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (canto I, l. 26)

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