Words Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.     

Yehuda Berg

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.     

Napoleon Hill

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

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

Rudyard Kipling

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.     

Aldous Huxley

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.     

Winston Churchill

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.     

Winston Churchill

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.     

George Orwell

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.     

Chinese Proverb

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.     

Ernest Hemingway

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.     

Dale Carnegie

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.     

Kahlil Gibran

"As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.     

Benjamin Franklin

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.     

Edward Thorndike

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.     

Samuel Butler

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.     

Mark Twain

Words travel as swiftly as desire, so it is possible to send a message of love without them.     

Laura Esquivel

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.     

Robert Burton

A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words... the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.     

Mark Twain

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.     

Henrik Ibsen

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.     


Words so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.     

John Locke

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.     

James Earl Jones

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.     

Mark Twain

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.     

Benjamin Franklin

Words are pegs to hang ideas on.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.     

George Eliot

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes