Quotations on Word

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A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Electricity, English, Word, Words)

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Beauty, Sadness, Word, World)

How do you build a relationship when you've hardly shared a word but suddenly share a child? How do you love a daughter you don't see for nearly two years? When does she become your daughter? How does she become your daughter?
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Love, Daughter, Word, Years)

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Man, Word, Writer)

All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: Earth, Heaven, Mind, Word, World)

One word from Chairman Mao is worth ten thousand from others. His every statement is truth. We must carry out those we that understand as well as those we don't.
- Lin Biao
(Keywords: Truth, Word, Worth)

People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: People, Longing, Word, World)

He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words.
- Bobby Bowden
(Keywords: Fear, Meaning, Word, Words)

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Healing, Nothing, Right, Word, Writer)

If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just to go and see what the reality is, of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer, the drunk or sober poet... Sometimes you can go looking for illumination.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: Fiction, Reality, Word, Writer)

Even if you didn't see the movie, you'd see two words you'd never seen put together before - comedy and Muslim. Comedy is friendly - it's the least offensive word in our language.
- Albert Brooks
(Keywords: Muslim, Comedy, Language, Word, Words)

I had no words for these feelings. And then people started using the word Ms. Suddenly, there was this handle with which I could identify myself and understand why I felt so out of whack with the culture around me.
- Betty Buckley
(Keywords: People, Feelings, Culture, Word, Words)

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
- Buddha
(Keywords: Peace, Word, Words)

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: America, Diplomacy, Doubt, Now, Word, Words)

Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20.
- Eric Carle
(Keywords: Work, People, Idea, Wind, Word, Words)

God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.
- Pierre Charron
(Keywords: God, Nature, Deed, Man, Study, Word, World)

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.
- Lydia M. Child
(Keywords: Life, Lie, Cure, Humanity, Vitality, Word, Wrongs)

In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Virtue, Literature, Occupation, Word, Writer)

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
- Robert Cormier
(Keywords: Time, First, Right, Word, Writing)

What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician' if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public office and trying to do something for his people?
- Richard J. Daley
(Keywords: Life, People, Office, Public, Trying, Word, Wrong)

I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: Journalism, Literature, Word, Workers)

Words derive their power from the original word.
- Meister Eckhart
(Keywords: Power, Word, Words)

In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.
- Pliny the Elder
(Keywords: Word, Writers)

It became evident to me that there was a very serious political element at work. I know that the term impeachment was bandied about. I do not believe, however, that the word was used with the ferocity it was more recently or that it was in the Nixon years.
- Fred F. Fielding
(Keywords: Work, Nixon, Word, Years)

The word courage - God, I love that word. Words are so important to me.
- Peter Fonda
(Keywords: Love, God, Courage, Word, Words)

Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.
- Norman Foster
(Keywords: Control, Practice, Projects, Sharing, Word, Wrong)

And in that I cannot send unto you all my businesses in writing, I despatch these present bearers fully informed in all things, to whom it may please you to give faith and credence in what they shall say unto you by word of mouth.
- Owen Glendower
(Keywords: Faith, May, Present, Word, Writing)

Never use the word 'audience.' The very idea of a public, unless the poet is writing for money, seems wrong to me. Poets don't have an 'audience'. They're talking to a single person all the time.
- Robert Graves
(Keywords: Time, Money, Idea, Poets, Public, Talking, Word, Writing, Wrong)

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
- Graham Greene
(Keywords: People, Being, Listening, Word, Writer)

We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?
- John Guare
(Keywords: History, State, Word, World)

I like playing around with the words; I love it when I feel like I've picked the exact right word to describe whatever it is I'm trying to describe.
- Margaret Haddix
(Keywords: Love, Right, Trying, Word, Words)

Advice may not be good advice 10 or 15 years from now. Someone could tell you something years ago and it might not work now. The world is constantly changing. One word could mean something different today. Today you can't give advice to anyone.
- Roy Haynes
(Keywords: Work, Advice, May, Now, Today, Word, World, Years)

The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
- Alan Patrick Herbert
(Keywords: People, Living, Sheep, Spirit, Word, Years)

There's been a big buzz about the Charlatans in the last couple of years. I've heard the word Charlatans more in the last few years than I'd heard it for the previous 20 years. People would interview me for years and never even mention the Charlatans.
- Dan Hicks
(Keywords: People, Word, Years)

You're here to sweat. This program is live. There's about one thousand million people watching you. So, you remember - one wrong word, one foolish gesture and your whole career could go down in flames. Hold that thought and have a nice night.
- Paul Hogan
(Keywords: Thought, People, Career, Night, Word, Wrong)

These are they whose youth was violently severed by war and death; a word on the telephone, a scribbled line on paper, and their future ceased. They have built up their lives again, but their safety is not absolute, their fortress not impregnable.
- Winifred Holtby
(Keywords: War, Death, Future, Safety, Word, Youth)

There are so many unbelievable words... But that doesn't mean I have a favorite word.
- Brett Hull
(Keywords: Favorite, Word, Words)

Some scientists use TeX or LatEX but for most people Word is the thing that writers use these days.
- Miguel de Icaza
(Keywords: People, Scientists, Word, Writers)

But if I were to sum up who Barack Obama is and how he plans to meet this moment with one word, that word would be 'responsibility.' Responsibility to each other, our families, our communities, our country, and our world.
- Valerie Jarrett
(Keywords: Country, Responsibility, Word, World)

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate), then come back to it and work a plot around it.
- Paul Kane
(Keywords: Work, Word, Writer)

Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near.
- Fritz Kreisler
(Keywords: Genius, Word, World)

Language expresses people's thinking and it was by a Word that God created the world and preserves it.
- Walter Lang
(Keywords: God, People, Language, Thinking, Word, World)

I do love using keyboards and I love writing keyboard parts, but I am not a player in the true sense of the word.
- Geddy Lee
(Keywords: Love, Sense, Word, Writing)

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
- C. S. Lewis
(Keywords: God, Glory, Man, Sun, Word, Worship)

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
(Keywords: Infinite, Talk, Want, Word, Words)

Whatever life may really be, it is to us an abstraction: for the word is a generalised term to signify that which is common to all animals and plants, and which is not directly operative in the inorganic world.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge
(Keywords: Life, Animals, May, Plants, Word, World)

He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue.
- George Lucas
(Keywords: Being, Word, Writing)

You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque. Charity is almost the wrong word - I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world.
- Joanna Lumley
(Keywords: People, Beginning, Charity, Word, World, Writing, Wrong)

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
- Martin Luther
(Keywords: Art, Music, God, Treasure, Word, World)

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
- Catharine MacKinnon
(Keywords: Equality, Society, Fact, Nonsense, Will, Word, Words)



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