Words at Play The Art of Conversation Is... & More Word Wisdom Favorite Quotations About Words, Vol. 2 Art of Conversation “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 1/10 Glint of Light “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” A widely circulated paraphrase of advice from Russian writer Anton Chekhov 2/10 Drowning “When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.” John Lennon 3/10 Beautiful Words “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James, quoted by Edith Wharton in her autobiography A Backward Glance 4/10 A Little Wild “Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.” John Maynard Keynes 5/10 The Right Place “No iron can pierce a heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.” Isaac Babel, from his short story Guy de Maupassant 6/10 Too Big “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 in Letters to Children 7/10 Speak Well Enough “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.” Catherine Morland, in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey 8/10 Shortest Words “The oldest, shortest words – 'yes' and 'no' – are those which require the most thought.” Attributed to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras 9/10 Truth Up Next Please Don't Whinge About Being Knackered, You Prat “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Want more? See Favorite Quotes About Words, Vol. 1 10/10 Please Don't Whinge About Being Knackered, You Prat Up Next More Words At Play Demagogue Hawking called Trump a demagogue Arrant or Errant? They were once the same word How Icy Greenland Got Its Name Was 'Even Icier Land' taken? 10 Fancy Words for Fancy Talk So that's what that's called Seen and Heard TRENDING NOW Demagogue Hawking called Trump a demagogue Gesellschaft One of two winning words in the Bee Cavalier What does it mean to have a cavalier attitude? Inviscate The youngest Spelling Bee contestant Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!