�By words the mind is excited and spirit elated.�

Aristophanes, The Birds


�Good words anoint a man, ill words kill a man.�

John Florio, First Fruites


�Good words are worth much and cost little.�

George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum


�Better one living word than a hundred dead.�

W.G. Benham, Quotations


�A word to the wise is sufficient.�

Plautus, Persa


�Words, like fine flowers, have their colors, too.�

Ernest Rhys, Words


�Sharp words make more wounds than surgeons can heal.�

Thomas Churchyard, Mirror of Man


�Clearness is the most important matter in the use of words.�

Quintillian, De Institutione Oratoria


�Speak clearly, if you speak at all;

Carve every word before you let it fall.�

Oliver Wendell Holmes, A Rhymed Lesson


�Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.�

Confucius, Analects


�For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.�

Confucius, Analects


�With words we govern men.�

Benjamin Disraeli, Contarini Fleming


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

Rudyard Kipling, Speech


�Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.�

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound


�What do you read my Lord?

Words, words, words.�

Shakespeare, Hamlet


�My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.�

Shakespeare, Hamlet


�These words are razors to my wounded heart.�

Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus


�Word by word the book is made.�

French proverb


"Death and life are in the power of the tongue,"

King Solomon (Pro. 18:21).


The Book of Proverbs has much to say about the value of well chosen words:

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Pro. 15:1)

"Pleasant words are a honey comb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones" (Pro. 16:24)

"Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad." (Pro. 12:25)

Proverbs goes on to prompt us to choose our friends carefully, partly on the basis of the kinds of words they will share with us.