Word Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old word quotes, word sayings, and word proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Words have not the color of the rose. Nor the beauty of the morn!     

Edwin Curran

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.     


Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.     

Patrick Rothfuss

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.     

Marcel Proust

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.     

Lao Tzu

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.     


Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.     

John Maynard Keynes

We live and breathe words.     

Cassandra Clare

My method is to find a word with a gesture.     

Christian Morgenstern

What lives in words is what words were needed to learn.     

Jane Hirshfield

Words, without power, is mere philosophy.     

Muhammad Iqbal

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.     

John F. Kennedy

One cannot be too careful with words, they change their minds just as people do.     

Jose Saramago

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

Rudyard Kipling

Words are the money of fools.     

Thomas Hobbes

Words are the bricks of our world and they have the power to change it.     

Enock Maregesi

Words are in this respect like water, that they often take their taste, flavour, and character, from the mouth out of which they proceed, as the water from the channel through which it flows.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Every word is an adamantine shell which encloses a great explosive force. To discover its meaning you must let it burst inside you like a bomb and in this way liberate the soul which it imprisons.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.     

Jonathan Swift

The proof of words are sometimes the effect of them on others; words are not proofs without effect.     

Edward Counsel