Writers on “Words”

  • Words are the physicians of a mind diseased. – Aeschylus
  • Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill. – Edmund Morrison
  • Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style. – Jonathan Swift
  • The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. – Mark Twain
  • A language is a dialect with its own army and navy. – Max Weinreich
  • Some words are like the old Roman galleys; large-scaled and ponderous. They sit low in the water even when their cargo is light – William Jovanovich
  • Slang is language which takes off its coat, spits on its hands – and goes to work. – Carl Sandburg
  • In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. – Mark Twain
  • I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs? – Beryl Pfizer
  • Footnotes, the little dogs yapping at the heels of the text. – William James
  • A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years. – Johan Huisinga
  • Words once spoken, can never be recalled. – Wentworth Dillon
  • The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it. – Montaigne
  • “When I say a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” / “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” / “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.” – Lewis Carroll
  • Often I am struck in amazement about a word. I suddenly realize that the complete arbitrariness of our language is but a part of the arbitrariness of our own world in general. – Christian Morgenstern

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *