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A Few Words about Words

Here are a few quotes from writers on a favorite subject of mine; words.

I love words.  I love that they are as alive as the people who use them; how they shift and grow over time to take on new sounds, new meanings; how they borrow the color and tone of their surroundings to become entirely different when seen through the lens of different contexts.  I have often thought that, given another life to use,  I would joyfully choose a life spent studying their origins.

I hope you enjoy the wide range of perspectives these writers bring to the topic:

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

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
― Rumi

“The menu is not the meal.”
― Alan Watts

“Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness.”
― Khalil Gibran

“It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.”
― Haruki Murakami

“When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.”
― James Joyce

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”
― W.H. Auden


2 Responses

  1. Love words. Love this post. Beautiful job of presenting the quotations.

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