Quotes of Note

All the quotes below contain a well-known four-letter word – “word.”

“The only sort of four-letter words I use are “good,” “love,” “warm,” and “kind.” – Catherine Cookson

“Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.” – Adlai Stevenson

“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.” – Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls

“Surely it is an odd way to spend your life – sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice.” – Paul Auster

“Somewhere embedded in every ordinary book are the five or six words for which really all the rest will be written.” – G. K. Chesterton, Criticisms and Appreciations of the Works of Charles Dickens

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.” – Burt Bacharach

“Some words are lonelier than others.” – J. R. Firth

“Chocolate says ‘I’m sorry’ so much better than words.” – Rachel Vincent, My Soul to Save

“She was battered and beaten up, and not smiling this time. Liesel could see it on her face. Blood leaked from her nose and licked at her lips. Her eyes had blackened. Cuts had opened up and a series of wounds were rising to the surface of her skin. All from the words. From Liesel’s words.” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“Red Skelton [a very popular comedian who starred on radio, TV, and in the movies] is credited with discovering the longest word of all—the one that follows ‘And now a word from our sponsor.’ ” – Willard R. Espy, The Best of an Almanac of Words at Play

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