“By words the mind is winged”

By words the mind is winged  – Aristophanes, dramatist (c. 448-385 BCE)

I knew that ONE day saving those hundreds of emails from A.W.A.D (A Word A Day – www.wordsmith.org) with beautiful quotes would have a purpose. In preparing to begin The Writer (ps – it IS written and posted as a page now) I was scrolling through the old emails looking for a potent quote to start me off. First of all, out of the five-ish pages of nine that I managed to get through, the majority of the ones I’d saved were about words, books, libraries, or writing. Say something about me?? Secondly, with each one I read, I’d give something between a sigh and a gasp and say to myself, “Ah, this is IT!” and then go onto the next one (because I can never just be happy with the perfect find, I have to make sure there isn’t a MORE perfect find out there) and do the exact same routine again, “This is it!” And so this post became necessary. While the impact of these may be slightly diluted by having them all stacked on top of each other, I just have to get them OUT there!!!


All words are pegs to hang ideas on. -Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

Words form the thread on which we string our experiences. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

A word after a word after a word is power. -Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist (b. 1939)

The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. -Robert Burchfield, lexicographer (1923-2004)

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. -Plutarch, biographer and philosopher (circa 46-120)

Words, like Nature, half reveal and half conceal the Soul within. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet (1809-1892)

Bare lists of words are found suggestive to an imaginative and excited mind. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. -Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher (1889-1951)

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. -Ingrid Bengis, writer and teacher (b. 1944)

Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness. -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

Words are things; and a small drop of ink / Falling like dew upon a thought, produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. -Lord Byron, poet (1788-1824)

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)