20 Quotes on the Power of Words

  • “When ideas fail, words come in very handy.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “It is a world of words that creates a world of things.” – J.M. Coetzee
  • “Words are soldiers of fortune / Hired by different ideas.” – Maxwell Bodenheim
  • “Language is an impure medium. Speech is public property and words are the soiled products, not of nature, but of society, which circulates and uses them for a thousand different ends.” – Edward Hirsch
  • “Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “Words… They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good any more… I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you’re dead.” – Tom Stoppard
  • “Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” – Elie Wiesel
  • “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling
  • “Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.” – Douglas Adams
  • “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain
  • “Silence is better than unmeaning words.” – Pythagoras
  • “The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.” – George Eliot
  • “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.” – William Shakespeare
  • “The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.” – Winston Churchill
  • “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” – Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” – Jim Rohn

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