Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writing
so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
—Socrates

We can as little think without words as we can breathe without lungs.
—Max Muller

Language is what allows us to take our mind and consciousness to
previously unexplored places.
—Arthur Schopenhauer

The language that you use determines the concepts that are available to you,
and therefore your experience in life.
—Christopher Howard

I write to find out what I think.
— Joan Didion

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.
—Ira Gassen

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.
—Ann Landers

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.
—Plato

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.
—Margaret Millar

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.
—Mahatma Gandhi

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.
—Winston Churchill

Speak when you are angry and you will make
the best speech you will ever regret.
—Ambrose Bierce

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
—Dennis Roth

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.
—Dorothy Nevill

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.
—Mark Twain

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.
—C.S. Lewis

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.
—Benjamin Franklin

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.
—Blaise Pascal