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.
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
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.
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.
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.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
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.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
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.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
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.
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
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