Words Quotes

58 of the best book quotes about words
  1. #1
    “As always, words fail when you most want to say the right thing.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    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!”
  4. #4
    “I like good strong words that mean something.”
    Louisa May Alcott
    Little Women
  5. #5
    “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
  6. #6
    “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
  7. #7
    “Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.”
  8. #8
    “And it klonked. And it bonked. And it jerked. And it berked And it bopped them about. But the thing really worked!”
  9. #9
    “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”
    Roald Dahl
    The BFG
  1. #10
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  2. #11
    “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.”
  3. #12
    “Anyone who thinks the pen is mightier than the sword has not been stabbed with both.”
  4. #13
    “There is a time for making speeches, and a time for going to bed.”
  5. #14
    “If a man’s word isn’t any good, he’s no good himself.”
  6. #15
    “Where words fail, music speaks.”
  7. #16
    “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.”
  8. #17
    “People think they have to say something, and it never makes me feel better.”
  9. #18
    “I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
  1. #19
    “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?”
  2. #20
    “Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”
  3. #21
    “Words, words, words.”
  4. #22
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
  5. #23
    “I loved him very much - more than I could trust myself to say - more than words had power to express.”
  6. #24
    “I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go”
  7. #25
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
  8. #26
    “Words are finite organs of the infinite mind.”
  9. #27
    “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.”
  1. #28
    “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.”
  2. #29
    “Don’t repeat yourself. It’s not only repetitive, it’s redundant, and people have heard it before.”
  3. #30
    “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!”
  4. #31
    “The best of us sometimes eat our words.”
  5. #32
    “Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  6. #33
    “Don’t write about Man; write about a man.”
  7. #34
    “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  8. #35
    “Words are the source of misunderstandings.”
  9. #36
    “Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.”
  1. #37
    “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.”
  2. #38
    “If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.”
  3. #39
    “I believed then--and part of me will always believe--that my father’s words ought to be my own.”
  4. #40
    “With the right words, you can change the world.”
    E.B. White
    Charlotte's Web
  5. #41
    “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.”
  6. #42
    “The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.”
  7. #43
    “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.”
  8. #44
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
  9. #45
    “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.”
  1. #46
    “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?”
  2. #47
    “It is one of the peculiar truths of life that people often say things that they know full well are ridiculous.”
  3. #48
    “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    George Orwell
  4. #49
    “I have no idea what you just said, child,′ Breeze said. ‘So I’m simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.”
  5. #50
    “My words itch at your ears till you understand them”
  6. #51
    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
  7. #52
    “Then he left her there, standing alone, surrounded by word ghosts; things she could have said.”
  8. #53
    “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.”
  9. #54
    “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.”
  10. #55
    “‘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?’”
  11. #56
    “There’s a light in a woman’s eyes that speaks louder than words.”
  12. #57
    “Your tongue has grown as twisted as the roots of a fir tree. Speak not in riddles.”
  13. #58
    “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.”
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