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MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.

- Sir Winston Churchill
When words fail, music speaks.

- Hans Christian Anderson
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

- Bergman, Ingrid
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in life.

- Jean Paul Richter
Words are the litmus paper of the minds. If you find yourself in the power of someone who will use the word "commence" in cold blood, go somewhere else very quickly. But if they say "Enter", don't stop to pack.

- Terry Pratchett
SEAL, n. A mark impressed upon certain kinds of documents to attest their authenticity and authority. Sometimes it is stamped upon wax, and attached to the paper, sometimes into the paper itself. Sealing, in this sense, is a survival of an ancient custom of inscribing important papers with cabalistic words or signs to give them a magical efficacy independent of the authority that they represent. In the British museum are preserved many ancient papers, mostly of a sacerdotal character, validated by necromantic pentagrams and other devices, frequently initial letters of words to conjure with; and in many instances these are attached in the same way that seals are appended now. As nearly every reasonless and apparently meaningless custom, rite or observance of modern times had origin in some remote utility, it is pleasing to note an example of ancient nonsense evolving in the process of ages into something really useful. Our word "sincere" is derived from _sine cero_, without wax, but the learned are not in agreement as to whether this refers to the absence of the cabalistic signs, or to that of the wax with which letters were formerly closed from public scrutiny. Either view of the matter will serve one in immediate need of an hypothesis. The initials L.S., commonly appended to signatures of legal documents, mean _locum sigillis_, the place of the seal, although the seal is no longer used -- an admirable example of conservatism distinguishing Man from the beasts that perish. The words _locum sigillis_ are humbly suggested as a suitable motto for the Pribyloff Islands whenever they shall take their place as a sovereign State of the American Union.

- Ambrose Bierce
When one is grateful for something too good for common thanks, writing is less unsatisfactory than speech-one does not, at least, hear how inadequate the words are.

- George Eliot
The sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.

- Alexander Dumas
Miss: A title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Misses (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. If we must have them, let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to MH.

- Bierce, Ambrose
Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, howpotent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

- Nathaniel Hawthorne
It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.

- Hoffer, Eric
We have needed to define ourselves by reclaiming the words that define us. They have used language as weapons. When we open ourselves to what they say and how they say it, our narrow prejudices evaporate and we are nourished and armed.

- James, Selma
Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.

- Gauguin, Paul
He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

- Abraham Lincoln
In these great times which I knew when they were this small; which will become small again, provided they have time left for it in these times in which things are happening that could not be imagined and in which what can no longer be imagined must happen, for if one could imagine it, it would not happen; in these serious times which have died laughing at the thought that they might become serious; which, surprised by their own tragedy, are reaching for diversion and, catching themselves red-handed, are groping for words... in these times you should not expect any words of my own from me -- none but these words which barely manage to prevent silence from being misinterpreted.

- Kraus, Karl
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.

- Billings, Josh
A new word is like a fresh seed sewn on the ground of the discussion.

- Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.

- A. A. Milne
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

- Byron, Lord



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