Quotations on Words

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It is difficult sharing and capturing so many years of memories and the people behind the words-and even though that guest book can speak volumes, in between, the pages remain so silent.
- Eugenie Anderson
(Keywords: People, Guest, Memories, Sharing, Words, Years)

The words of the world want to make sentences.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Want, Words, World)

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
- Joan Baez
(Keywords: Nothing, Songs, Words, Writing)

Basic human contact - the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words - is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you're feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Eyes, Feeling, Meeting, Words, World)

And it also became clear that these conditions of inequality and historical injustice have given rise to a feeling of hate in the world - a deeply felt hate that cannot easily be overcome with a few good words.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Feeling, Hate, Inequality, Injustice, Words, World)

Instead of explaining the sober facts of mechanics and electricity, I want to say a few words about the debt which we owe to youth; and with your permission I shall consider you as representing here not only the academic youth of Sweden nor even of Europe but also of America.
- Felix Bloch
(Keywords: America, Debt, Electricity, Europe, Facts, Want, Words, Youth)

The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities.
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Keywords: Logic, Words, Yield)

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.
- Tom Brokaw
(Keywords: Country, Crisis, Journalism, Tragedy, Words, Writer)

Recipe writers hate to write about heat. They despise it. Because there aren't proper words for communicating what should be done with it.
- Alton Brown
(Keywords: Hate, Words, Writers)

I write about five thousand words a day, when working on a book, about three thousand a day if I'm writing a short story. I take long periods off between projects, when I read a lot, garden, and think about the next book or stories.
- Eric Brown
(Keywords: Day, Garden, Projects, Words, Writing)

Today, there are more opportunities for writers in terms of access to larger success, but it's more difficult to publish a literary novel in the lower ranges. In other words, you almost have to hit a home run. You can hit a triple, maybe, but nobody's interested in a single.
- James Lee Burke
(Keywords: Home, Success, Literary, Today, Words, Writers)

They've got this house style which is writer driven. I heard of one person who sent his script in, and Karen Berger said there weren't enough words in it. Put some more in.
- Eddie Campbell
(Keywords: Style, Words, Writer)

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
- Truman Capote
(Keywords: Music, Pleasure, Words, Writing)

But if our sex would but well consider and rationally ponder, they will perceive and find that it is neither words nor place that can advance them, but worth and merit.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Sex, Merit, Will, Words, Worth)

Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Science, Errors, Words, World)

Sometimes I'll come up with a lick that I really love, and I'll try to put the right words to it for years. Suddenly something comes to me that works just right.
- Alex Chilton
(Keywords: Love, Right, Words, Years)

I must have been 3 years old or less, and I remember paging through these comics, trying to figure out the stories. I couldn't read the words, so I made up my own stories.
- Daniel Clowes
(Keywords: Old, Trying, Words, Years)

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Time, Man, Talking, Words, World)

In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Love, Meaning, Words, Worry)

If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland
(Keywords: Music, Literary, Man, Will, Words, Wrong)

Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another.
- Jon Corzine
(Keywords: Legal, Care, Deeds, Genocide, Obligation, Right, Sense, Words, Wrong)

It took three years to put Shakespeare's words together, there were a lot of words to be studied and a lot of words to be sorted out, and it proved to be a major project.
- David Crystal
(Keywords: Project, Shakespeare, Words, Years)

The winged words uttered in this House have gone forth to the world, on their mission of good or of evil.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: Evil, Mission, Words, World)

The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.
- Richard Dawkins
(Keywords: Life, Fact, Justice, Nothing, Universe, Words, Years)

I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge.
- Jeffery Deaver
(Keywords: Poetry, Challenge, Words, Writing)

It took me about three years to write About Grace. I wasn't teaching two of those years, so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week. And it would include research and reading - it wasn't just a blank page, laying down words.
- Anthony Doerr
(Keywords: Grace, Reading, Research, Teaching, Words, Years)

Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
- Helen Dunmore
(Keywords: Poetry, Sound, Weight, Words, Writing)

Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Keywords: Democracy, Question, Words, Yearning)

The quality of the writing, really. Simple as that. Beautiful words. It's very nice as a singer to do great songs, which have wonderful lyrics and strong feelings underneath the song.
- Bryan Ferry
(Keywords: Quality, Feelings, Song, Songs, Words, Writing)

However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is - in other words, not a thing, but a think.
- Penelope Fitzgerald
(Keywords: People, Words, World)

And I'm a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That's the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.
- Shelby Foote
(Keywords: War, Day, Reason, Words, Years)

You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Keywords: Time, Words, Writing)

Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.
- Samuel Goldwyn
(Keywords: Change, Money, Words, Writers)

When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker
(Keywords: Poetry, Tension, Words, Writer)

It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music.
- Ayumi Hamasaki
(Keywords: Music, Work, Knowledge, Words, Writing)

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
- Hermann Hesse
(Keywords: History, Books, Humanity, Words, Writing)

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer. But why? Why do you choose one set of tools rather than another?
- James D. Houston
(Keywords: Tools, Words, Writer)

We were so fundamental that almost everything had been stripped away from the place of worship. Think of the role words can play, when all other enticements and sensual attractions are gone.
- James D. Houston
(Keywords: Play, Words, Worship)

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
- James Houston
(Keywords: Tools, Words, Writer)

It's fun being able to suit up and go and kick butt and not have to worry about memorizing dialogue. It's a whole different way of acting because you're not depending on the words at all, you're really depending on everything else that you have.
- Kelly Hu
(Keywords: Acting, Being, Fun, Words, Worry)

Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.
- Ruth Hubbard
(Keywords: Sensations, Tradition, Words, World)

Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.
- Alan Jackson
(Keywords: Singing, Songs, Words, Wrong)

These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James
(Keywords: Life, Belief, Fact, Help, Living, Will, Words, Worth)

Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Keywords: Poetry, Vision, Words, World)

I really wanted it to be organic and coming from my heart. So, I think maybe the initial thought of wanting to go in that direction, I had to wait until things happened in our world and in our country that fired me up enough where the words came out organically.
- Joan Jett
(Keywords: Thought, Heart, Country, Direction, Words, World)

There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth.
- June Jordan
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Words, Worry)

Writing can be a very solitary business. It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer. It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
- Paul Kane
(Keywords: Business, Computer, Lonely, Words, Writers, Writing)

Words signify man's refusal to accept the world as it is.
- Herbert Kaufman
(Keywords: Man, Words, World)

What fascinated me mostly about Mickey Cohen was that he, in his later years, hired someone to help him to comprehend literature, to help him to read better, to understand words better.
- Harvey Keitel
(Keywords: Help, Literature, Words, Years)

Censorship of ideas or images or words is wrong.
- Richard King
(Keywords: Ideas, Censorship, Words, Wrong)



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