Words quotes

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

- Gandhi, Mahatma

Prose, words in their best order. Poetry, the best words in the best order.

- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care aboutwhat you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

- Vivekananda, Swami

Twice five years Or less I might have seen, when first my mind With conscious pleasure opened to the charm Of words in tuneful order, found them sweet For their own sakes, a passion, and a power; And phrases pleased me chosen for delight, For pomp, or love.

- William Wordsworth

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

- Edgar Allan Poe

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.

- Dickinson, Emily

My general theory since 1971 has been that the word is literally a virus, and that it has not been recognized as such because it has achieved a state of relatively stable symbiosis with its human host; that is to say, the word virus (the Other Half) has established itself so firmly as an accepted part of the human organism that it can now sneer at gangster viruses like smallpox and turn them in to the Pasteur Institute.

- Burroughs, William S.

When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.


Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.

- Aldous Huxley

Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.

- Bernstein, Leonard

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.

- Vickery, A. Lou

ABSENT, adj. Peculiarly exposed to the tooth of detraction; vilifed; hopelessly in the wrong; superseded in the consideration and affection of another. To men a man is but a mind. Who cares What face he carries or what form he wears? But woman's body is the woman. O, Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go, But heed the warning words the sage hath said: A woman absent is a woman dead. Jogo Tyree

- Ambrose Bierce

If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.

- Proverb, Chinese

May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.


Flowers are words even a baby can understand.

- Quentin Crisp

Words are all we have.

- Beckett, Samuel

Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words.

- Evelyn Waugh

The pen is the tongue of the hand—a silent utterer of words for the eye.

- Henry Ward Beecher

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

- George Orwell

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