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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

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Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

 

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
- Ayn Rand

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
- commonly but falsely attributed to Dr. Seuss,
this misquote consists of the Bernard Baruch quote,
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
with additional words added anonymously.

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.
- Simon and Garfunkel

Actions speak louder than words.
- Proverb

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust only movement.
Life happens at the level of events, not of words.
Trust movement.
- Alfred Adler

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Your love is more powerful
than your words or your actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe.
Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole.
All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings,
and deeds are listened to by all that is.
- Serge Kahili King

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Words which do not give the
light of Christ increase the darkness.
- Mother Teresa

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

The magic words for a great family are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:
it goes on.
- Robert Frost

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

Truthful words are not beautiful;
beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
persuasive words are not good.
- Lao Tzu

"Pride" is one of those really crazy words,
and such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge, and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Have your new year's resolutions been a new beginning for you
or have they just been different words on the same old beginning?
Maybe now's the time to establish
a new pattern of viewing your life fresh.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a
good defense cannot beat a better offense.'
In other words a good offense wins.
- Dan Quayle

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Your words are my food, your breath my wine.
You are everything to me.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Where words fail, music speaks.
- Hans Christian Andersen

The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.
- W. H. Auden

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

My dad taught me true words you have to use in every relationship.
Yes, baby.
- Star Jones

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
- Plautus

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
- Thomas Gray

Puns are a form of humor with words.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
- Thom Mayne

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

But when you get music and words together,
that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare


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