Words, Words, Words- Celebrating Words Matter Week 2009

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors has issued the following challenge:

We believe that words matter. Do you?

We invite bloggers everywhere to  write on the idea that “words matter.” Once you post, please sign up in the Mr. Linky in this post and use the “Share” button to add the post to your favorite networks, so that others will be able to easily find the various posts. You’re welcome to leave a comment as well. Words matter!

You can read more about the event at the Words Matter Week page.

I decided to post a few word-centered quotes in response to the challenge. I hope you enjoy them!

Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (William Shakespeare)

Uncommon things must be said in common words, if you would have the to be received in less than a century. (Coventry Patmore)

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Words make another place, a place to escape to with your spirit alone. (Robert MacNeil)

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. (George Orwell)

The true words leads; the untrue misleads. (Franz Kafka)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV)

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. (George Orwell)

Words are alive; cut them and they bleed. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. (George Orwell)

Hamlet: Words, words, words! (William Shakespeare)

I’ll add more over the coming week, so visit again!

If you want to participate in the Words Matter Week free teleseminars, or receive the free Words Matter Week 2009 Yearbook, visit the event page at NAIWE.

1 Response

  1. GregR says:

    Cheers Janice, excellent thought about words.
    Here was my response to the NAIWE Challenge.

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