Quotations About
words

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Speech, 14 Feb 1923
Posted in: Rudyard Kipling

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.

Richelieu. Act ii. Sc. ii.

John Teller: First time I read Emma Goldman wasn’t in a book. I was sixteen, hiking near the Nevada border. The quote was painted on a wall in red. When I saw those words it was like someone ripped them from the inside of my head.

Posted in: Sons of Anarchy

Wadsworth: We’re like the mounties, we always get our man.
Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?

Posted in: Clue

He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn’t need a word for that anymore than for pride or fear.

As I Lay Dying (1930)
Posted in: William Faulkner

Jason: She over-French pronounces French words.

Roy Lee: Prodigenous!

imitating, incorrectly, Quentin's favorite saying
Posted in: October Sky

There is really nothing more to say — except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.

The Bluest Eye (1969)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.

Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883).
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

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.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

“Slave is an Ephebian word. In Om we have no word for slave,” said Vorbis. “So I understand,” said the Tyrant. “I imagine that fish have no word for water.”

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.

quoted in Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon (1941)