191 Greatest Quotes About Words

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau
When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same. Toni Morrison
In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. Charles Bukowski
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips. Charles Dickens
When grief is deepest, words are fewest. Ann Voskamp
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. William Shakespeare
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results. Florence Nightingale
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words. Rumi
Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . . Oscar Wilde
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break. William Shakespeare
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. Lord Byron
Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them. Aldous Huxley
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible. Virginia Woolf
My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire. James Joyce
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. Ernest Hemingway
I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds. Bob Dylan
I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean. George Eliot
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more. Confucius
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would. George Eliot
I write 2,000 words a day when I write. It sometimes takes three hours, it sometimes takes five hours. Nicholas Sparks
I'm gonna fix that last joke by taking out all the words and adding new ones. Mitch Hedberg
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read. Benjamin Franklin
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal
A picture is a poem without words. Horace
All our words from loose using have lost their edge. Ernest Hemingway
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. Henry David Thoreau
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Winston Churchill
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper
A picture is worth a thousand words. Unknown
How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words. David Foster Wallace
When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. Audre Lorde
I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. Emily Dickinson
It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words. Haruki Murakami
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams
Words are the small change of thought. Jules Renard
Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'. Charlie Chaplin
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything. Walt Whitman
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard
She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells. Dean Koontz
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. Elbert Hubbard
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy. James Joyce
He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. James Joyce
I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple. Jean-Paul Sartre
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. Herbert Spencer
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. Vladimir Nabokov
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost