Words at Play

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Favorite Quotations About Words, Vol. 2

favorite quotations about words volume 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 a little wild

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

  • John Maynard Keynes

favorite quotations about words volume 2 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 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

favorite quotations about words volume 2 speak well enough

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

  • Catherine Morland, in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey

favorite quotations about words volume 2 shortest words

The oldest, shortest words – 'yes' and 'no' – are those which require the most thought.

  • Attributed to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras

favorite quotations about words volume 2 truth

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




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