words Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about words
  1. #1
    “Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  2. #2
    “JUROR #8: You don’t really mean you’ll kill me, do you?”
  3. #3
    “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.”
  4. #4
    “Anyone who thinks the pen is mightier than the sword has not been stabbed with both.”
  5. #5
    “Words ... assemble a context in which the question, Is this true or false? is relevant.”
  6. #6
    “Don’t repeat yourself. It’s not only repetitive, it’s redundant, and people have heard it before.”
  7. #7
    Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
  8. #8
    “After dinner the whole family stretched out on the benches and the floor of the depot and read, with the dictionary in the middle of the room so we kids could look up words we didn’t know...Occasionally, on those nights when we were all reading together, a train would thunder by, shaking the house and rattling the windows. The noise was thunderous, but after we’d been there a while, we didn’t even hear it.”
  9. #9
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
  10. #10
    Speak English!” said the Eaglet. “I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and, what’s more, I don’t believe you do either!”
  11. #11
    “The most important word a man can say are, ‘I will do better.‘”
  12. #12
    “I lifted up my hands and called upon eternal truth, not with words but with tears.”
  13. #13
    “I is the hardest word to define.”
  14. #14
    “I change myself, I change the world.”
  15. #15
    “But the moonlight and the setting, or maybe just the words he was saying, had somehow turned David into a pretty. Just for a moment.”
  16. #16
    “Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.”
  17. #17
    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    George Orwell
  1. #18
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  2. #19
    “I loved him very much - more than I could trust myself to say - more than words had power to express.”
  3. #20
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
  4. #21
    “Do you place your faith in words or the things you talk about but not in the truth and without a care for how you act?”
  5. #22
    “Ah, my friends! I should have something more to say unto you! I should have something more to give unto you! Why do I not give it? Am I then a niggard?”
  6. #23
    “The bullhorn is as heavy as a gun. Ironic since Ms. Ofrah said to use my weapon.”
  7. #24
    “Let thy virtue be too high for the familiarity of names, and if thou must speak of it, be not ashamed to stammer about it.”
  8. #25
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
  9. #26
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  10. #27
    “Words, words, words.”
  11. #28
    “He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack.”
  12. #29
    “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
  13. #30
    “And as she looked at him she began to smile, for though she had not said a word, he knew, of course he knew, that she loved him. He could not deny it. And smiling she looked out of the window and said (thinking to herself, Nothing on earth can equal this happiness)—”
  14. #31
    Funny how a single word can change everything in your life.
  15. #32
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  16. #33
    “Worthless. Stupid. These are the words I grew up hearing. They’re the words I try to outrun, because if I let them in, they might stay there and grow and fill me up and in, until the only thing left of me is worthless stupid worthless stupid worthless stupid freak. And then there’s nothing to do but run harder and fill myself with other words: This time will be different. This time, I will stay awake.”
  17. #34
    “Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”

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  1. #35
    “The best world shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest. One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl. She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be WITHOUT words. That’s why she could climb higher than anyone else. She had desire. She was hungry for them.”
  2. #36
    “Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”
  3. #37
    “I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
  4. #38
    “But she finds it so difficult to verbalize, Charles dear. It helps her if she can quote instead of working out words of her own.”
  5. #39
    “Words scare not him who blenches not at deeds.”
  6. #40
    “Thou lov’st to speak in riddles and dark words.”
  7. #41
    “Your tongue has grown as twisted as the roots of a fir tree. Speak not in riddles.”
  8. #42
    “Hope - for such a simple word its meaning is profound.”
  9. #43
    “Yet one word Wipes out all score of tribulations—love.”
  10. #44
    “As always, words fail when you most want to say the right thing.”
  11. #45
    “I’ve decided language isn’t as advanced as we think it is. We’re still apes trying to express our thoughts with grunts while most of what we want to communicate stays locked in our brains.”
  12. #46
    “I’ve been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn’t need words to make ourselves understood. But people don’t love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me – only I couldn’t.”
  13. #47
    “A word can start off meaning one thing and end up meaning another… Words shouldn’t be allowed to change meanings.”
  14. #48
    “And it klonked. And it bonked. And it jerked. And it berked And it bopped them about. But the thing really worked!”
  15. #49
    “Empty words almost echo within themselves”
  16. #50
    “These were the first words of antagonism. To fling elaborate sarcasms at Tess, however, was much life flinging them at a dog or cat. The charms of their subtlety passed by her unappreciated...”
  17. #51
    “Where words fail, music speaks.”
  1. #52
    “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
  2. #53
    “If a man’s word isn’t any good, he’s no good himself.”
  3. #54
    “You have words of your own, Cassia,” Grandfather says to me. “I have heard some of them and they are beautiful.”
  4. #55
    “I learned to love the feel of good words.”
  5. #56
    “Absolute nonsense.
    We need more words like toothbrush.”
  6. #57
    “I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.”
  7. #58
    “Don’t you hear it? She asked & I shook my head no & then she started to dance & suddenly there was music everywhere & it went on for a very long time & when I finally found words all I could say was thank you. ”
  8. #59
    “Words are where most change begins.”
  9. #60
    “There is a time for making speeches, and a time for going to bed.”
  10. #61
    “These words are razors to my wounded heart.”
  11. #62
    “I feel a little dizzy,” said Orion. “But also wonderfully elated. I feel that I am on the verge of finding a rhyme for the word orange.”
  12. #63
    “He sure put things into words good.”
  13. #64
    “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
  14. #65
    “In words, like weeds, I’ll wrap me o’er,
    Like coarsest clothes against the cold:
    But that large grief which these enfold
    Is given in outline and no more.”
  15. #66
    “For words, like Nature, half reveal
    and half conceal the Soul within.”
  16. #67
    “There are moments when mental overload can render words impossible.”
  17. #68
    “He heard her speak and accepted her words with favor.”
  1. #69
    “Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do.”
  2. #70
    “rarely discusses his plans, he knows that whenever he talks about a dream, he uses a little bit of the energy from that dream in order to do so…A Warrior of the Light knows the power of words.”
  3. #71
    “Cath felt like she was swimming in words. Drowning in them, sometimes.”
  4. #72
    “attend the boxing matches, go to the racetrack,
    live on luck and skill,
    get alone, get alone often, and if you can’t sleep alone
    be careful of the words you speak in your sleep;
    and ask for no mercy
    no miracles;..”
  5. #73
    “First you must have the images, then come the words.”
  6. #74
    “I eat words! Delicious words!
    I gobble the words that you make.
    Words like rod taste like turds,
    but billow tastes like cake.”
  7. #75
    “Govinda spoke: “Nirvana, Friend, is not only a word. It is a thought.””
  8. #76
    “Even in him, even in your great teacher, I prefer the thing to the words, his actions and his life are more important than his speech, the gestures of his hand more important than his opinions.”
  9. #77
    “I draw because words are two unpredictable . . . I draw because words are too limited.”
  10. #78
    “She had always wanted words, she loved them, grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”
  11. #79
    “Fantasies always sound good, but they’re no help when reality comes and shoves you to the ground. When it trips up your tongue and traps the right words in your head. When it leaves you to eat lunch by yourself.”
  12. #80
    A person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect.
  13. #81
    “All symbols were in Smith’s vocabulary but he had trouble believing that he had heard rightly.”
  14. #82
    “Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.”
  15. #83
    “That day, I learned that I could be a giver by simply bringing a smile to another person. The ensuing years have taught me that a kind word, a vote of support is a charitable gift. I can move over and make another place for someone. I can turn my music up if it pleases, or down if it is annoying. I may never be known as a philanthropist, but I certainly am a lover of mankind, and I will give freely of my resources.”
  16. #84
    “The charitable say in effect, ‘I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.’ Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.”
  17. #85
    “Words are the source of misunderstandings.”
  1. #86
    “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
  2. #87
    “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  3. #88
    “Don’t write about Man; write about a man.”
  4. #89
    “With the right words, you can change the world.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  5. #90
    “The best of us sometimes eat our words.”
  6. #91
    “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
  7. #92
    “If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.”
  8. #93
    “It is one of the peculiar truths of life that people often say things that they know full well are ridiculous.”
  9. #94
    “‘You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy,’ I confessed on my second glass of corky but rather impressive claret. ‘Can’t you talk about crops or something?’”
  10. #95
    “The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.”
  11. #96
    “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”
    Roald Dahl
    The BFG
  12. #97
    “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
  13. #98
    “I like good strong words that mean something.”
    Louisa May Alcott
    Little Women
  14. #99
    “Words are finite organs of the infinite mind.”
  15. #100
    “We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.”
  16. #101
    “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
  17. #102
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”

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  1. #103
    “I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me you’d better go.”
  2. #104
    “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
  3. #105
    “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
    Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
    Hamlet: Between who?
    Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
  4. #106
    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
  5. #107
    “Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?”
  6. #108
    “Then he left her there, standing alone, surrounded by word ghosts; things she could have said.”
  7. #109
    “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.”
  8. #110
    “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.”
  9. #111
    “I believed then--and part of me will always believe--that my father’s words ought to be my own.”
  10. #112
    “People think they have to say something, and it never makes me feel better.”
  11. #113
    “We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
  12. #114
    “Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.”
  13. #115
    “There’s a light in a woman’s eyes that speaks louder than words.”
  14. #116
    “I have no idea what you just said, child,′ Breeze said. ‘So I’m simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.”
  15. #117
    “At length, when the excitement subsided a little, I was able to say a few words with a chance of being listened to. “I am truly thankful to see you all safe and well, and, thank God, our expedition has been very satisfactory.”
  16. #118
    ″‘You mean you have other words?’ cried the bird happily. ‘Well, by all means, use them. You’re certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now.‘”
  17. #119
    There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
  1. #120
    Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery.
  2. #121
    Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.
  3. #122
    Savor language and words because no matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas have the power to change the world.
  4. #123
    No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
  5. #124
    Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.
    Alan Moore
    V for Vendetta
  6. #125
    “Words, words. They’re all we have to go on.”
  7. #126
    “If the Word does not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us.”
  8. #127
    “I love you in a language that I don’t fully understand. In words that I haven’t found enough courage to forklift out of my chest.”
  9. #128
    “One day in the woods he met an Indian. They stood in the wet, cold woods and looked at each other, and they could not talk because they did not know each other’s words.”
  10. #129
    “Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe.”
  11. #130
    ″‘What’s a big word for ‘library’?′ Charles asked his tutor. ‘Teachers love big words.‘”
  12. #131
    “I’ve never met all these people you speak of. And neither, I suspect, have you. They only exist in words we hear. It is folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their eyes and ears.”
  13. #132
    “The word itself is music.”
  14. #133
    “The terms are strict and absolute; there may not even be a kind word spoken to the child.”
  15. #134
    “Part of being a good parent was knowing when to say something and what to say. The HARDEST part of parenting was knowing when to say nothing and listen.”
  16. #135
    “Memories images, once they are fixed in words, are erased.”
  17. #136
    “I am a lover of love and I am a lover of words, and the two together spin visions of airy castles, but also may pierce the heart of hope. And so I remind you that I am a fool, a poet, and what matters is reality, not lovely words. Words are full of promise, yet empty of matter.”
  18. #137
    “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”
  19. #138
    “The word no, so short, so easy to say, a child’s sound, a noise more than a word, a short exhalation of air: all he had to do was part his lips, and the word would come out, and—and what?”
  20. #139
    “I would never say snog. I would say osculate.” She looks at me as if to say: why do you exist?”
  21. #140
    “I love you more than words. And I am a big fan of words.”
  22. #141
    “Words. Borne on the ever swelling current of hatred, like flowers opening in the current, petals peeling back, then falling apart.”

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