10 Words About Words (Not my words!)

1. Words are more than words.

“Words are the timeless beauties; they tell a thousand stories, deliver your purpose, speak the heart and build character.” ― Sharlene Leong

“Words carry oceans on their small backs.” ― Lidia Yuknavitch,

“We must yield to the power of words. Even God has chosen words to communicate with his creatures like us.” ― Munia Khan

“She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.”Dean Koont

2. Words can be very powerful.

“Words! What power they hold. Once they have rooted in your psyche, it is difficult to escape them. Words can shape the future of a child and destroy the existence of an adult.” ― Vashti Quiroz-Vega

“Words are powerful. Be careful how you use them because once you have pronounced them, you cannot remove the scar they leave behind.”  ― Vashti Quiroz-Vega

3. Do you know the power of your words?

“People who know their worth understand the power of their own words.” ― Gift Gugu Mona

4. Your words say something about you too.

“Philosophers, for example, often fail to recognize that their remarks about the universe apply also to themselves and their remarks. If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so.” Alan W. Watts

5. Use words wisely.

“We cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them. Peace is built on understanding, and wars are built on misunderstandings. Never underestimate the power of a single word, and never recklessly throw around words. One wrong word, or misinterpreted word, can change the meaning of an entire sentence and start a war. And one right word, or one kind word, can grant you the heavens and open doors.” Suzy Kassem

“Words matter, choose the words you use to describe yourself carefully, make sure they reflect your desire. By our words we ask from God and command the Universe. Both always deliver what we ask.” Val Uchendu

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” Aldous Huxley

“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” Pythagoras

6. Words brings you positivity.

“If you don’t know the effect of words, you are behind times. If you want positivity, speak positively.” ― Val Uchendu

7. A word about careless use of words.

“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” Arundhati Roy 

“Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.” William Faulkner

8. Don’t underestimate the word of others.

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

David Foster Wallace

9. Bad use of words has consequences.

“The words with which a child’s heart is poisoned, whether through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

And a misconception about words straightened out:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can also hurt me.

Stones and sticks break only skin, while words are ghosts that haunt me.

Slant and curved the word-swords fall, it pierces and sticks inside me.

Bats and bricks may ache through bones, but words can mortify me.

Pain from words has left its’ scar, on mind and hear that’s tender.

Cuts and bruises have not healed, it’s words that I remember.”

Ruby Redfort

10. But also remember:

“People say things meant to rip you in half but you hold the power to not turn their words into a knife and cut yourself.” Rupi Kaur


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