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◆ But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest'— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest'—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.
- John Steinbeck99
◆ Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
- Rumi99
◆ Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.
- J.K. Rowling99
◆ i do not say 'good-bye.' i believe that's one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. it's not like you're given the choice to say 'bad-bye' or 'awful-bye' or 'couldn't-care-less-about-you-bye.' every time you leave, it's supposed to be a good one. well, i don't believe in that. i believe against that.
- David Levithan99
◆ It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.
- Stephen Fry99
◆ But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
- George Orwell99
◆ 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. Lewis99
◆ You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.
- John Green99
◆ So avoid using the word ‘very' because it's lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don't use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won't do in your essays.
- N.H. Kleinbaum99
◆ I often fantasize about torturing some of the lazier letters of the alphabet, like C, U, and E, because together they only manage to accomplish as much as the solitary letter Q.
- Jarod Kintz99
◆ The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this.
- Markus Zusak99
◆ If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela99
◆ Instead of the word 'love' there was an enormous heart, a symbol sometimes used by people who have trouble figuring out the difference between words and shapes.
- Lemony Snicket99
◆ I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
- Jane Wagner99
◆ Language is my whore, my mistress, my wife, my pen-friend, my check-out girl. Language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God, the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning sun when you pull from an old bookshelf a forgotten volume of erotic diaries; language is the faint scent of urine on a pair of boxer shorts, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, a creak on the stair, a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, the warm wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl, cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot.
- Stephen Fry99

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