Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writing
so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
We can as little think without words as we can breathe without lungs.
Language is what allows us to take our mind and consciousness to
previously unexplored places.
The language that you use determines the concepts that are available to you,
and therefore your experience in life.
I write to find out what I think.
— Joan Didion
Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.
The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean,
for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
—Henry B. Adams
Wise men talk because they have something to say;
fools, because they have to say something.
People have to talk about something just to keep their
voice boxes in working order so they’ll have good voice boxes in case
there’s ever anything really meaningful to say.
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.
—Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every
careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted,
and by your words you will be condemned.
—Jesus (Matthew 12:36-38)
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
Speak when you are angry and you will make
the best speech you will ever regret.
If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place
but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness—and usually prefers silence to
saying something which is not everything it should be.
—Edgar Allan Poe
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the
difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
—Dionysius of Halicarnassus
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely”
when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left
when you want to talk about something really infinite.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
—William Butler Yeats
If you think little of a person, you ought to say as little as you think.
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips.
They make other people good-natured. They also produce their
own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.