“Don’t write merely to be understood. Writeso that you cannot possibly bemisunderstood.” Robert Louis Stevenson
• Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves. —Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 416.
• Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason. — Francis Bacon.
• A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. —Robert Burton, The anatomy of melancholy I.2.4.4.
• Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world. — Joseph Conrad, A personal record. ....Archimedes Hyperlink.doc
• He who wants to persuade should put his trust, not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. —Joseph Conrad, A personal record.• Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking. —Sir H. Davy.
• Words ... so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them! —Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Notebooks, 1841-1852.
• Expression is the dress of thought, and still Appears more decent as more suitable. A vile Conceit in pompous words expressd Is like a clown in regal purple dressd For diffrent styles with diffrent subjects sort, As sevral garbs with country, town, and court. Some by old words to fame have made pretence, Ancients in phrase, mere moderns in their sense. —Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1711)