Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.
Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
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.
He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.
As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue.
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
A man reacheth not to excellence with one language.
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