I like hanging around words, listening to what they say.
Quoted in Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (New York: Basic Books, 2011), 80.
Augustine of Hippo
I am saddened that my tongue cannot live up to my heart.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
The best prayers have often more groans than words.
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
Francis of Assisi
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
Have you heard God’s blessing in your inmost being? Are the words, ‘You are my beloved child, in whom I delight’ an endless source of joy and strength? Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking to you? That blessing- the blessing through the Spirit that is ours through Christ- is what Jacob received and it is the only remedy against idolatry.
Sometimes the curses of the godless sound better than the hallelujahs of the pious.
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Language is primarily a means of revelation, both for God and for us. Using words, God reveals himself to us. Using words, we reveal ourselves to God and to one another. By means of language, the entire cycle of speaking and listening, both God and his Word-created men and women are able to reveal vast interiors otherwise inaccessible to us.
Tell it Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in his Stories and Prayers
It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words.
Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.
Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
The diction used about Christ has been, and perhaps wisely, sweet and submissive. But the diction used by Christ is quite curiously gigantesque; it is full of camels leaping through needles and mountains hurled into the sea.
Orthodoxy, Image Publishing.
The next time you say something deceitful, hurtful or proud, you cannot say “I don’t know what came over me.” Nothing came over you. Such sins come outof you. They come from a wellspring that is very dark, very deep and very old. You know it. We all feel it. Adam explains it
Christian Focus Publication.
I often think of the set pieces of liturgy as certain words which people have successfully addressed to God without their getting killed.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.
None of us complete each other, but we can add a few words to the lives of the people around us to help them understand God’s bigger plan for all of us.
Taken from Maria Goff, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want. B&H Publishing Group.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word, is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
You can get more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a gun alone.
Edward Goerge Bulwer-Lytton
Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword.
Richelieu Act 2, Sc. 2, 1839.
I found that keeping company with poets, men and women who care about words and are honest with them, who respect and honor their sheer overwhelming power, kept me alert—biblically alert, Jesus alert.
As a language-user, I’m bound to all the audacious capacities and frustrating limits of words. We label, we name, we frame all of our experiences, past, present, and future. We give words to our inner and outer worlds. In doing so, we construct a kind of home we carry with us.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Things aren’t all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, who life endures beside our own small, transitory life.
Letters to a Young Poet, trans. Stephen Mitchell (New York: Modern Library, 2001), p.4.
Westley (Cary Ewes)
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The Princess Bride
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