Quotes of Famous and Wise People on the Power of Words

  • “Words are the keys to the heart.”
    Chinese proverb

  • “We may have the right to gossip under the First Amendment,but exercising this right is wrong – and inconsistent with the spirit of the Ninth Commandment: ‘You shall not bear false witness.’”
    Alan M. Dershowitz
    Legal Expert and Best-Selling Author

  • “A key part of why people gossip and use verbal abuse is because they are not talking about things of real meaning.”
    Michelle Chandler
    Executive Director of WordsCanHeal.org

  • “If we could measure the damage to corporations from gossip, it might be more than the GNP of the Third World!”
    Harvey Mackay
    Author of Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Pushing The Envelope

  • “Speak when you are angry– and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”
    Laurence J. Peter (1919 – 1988)
    Educator, author of The Peter Principle

  • “If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect from you 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
    Unknown source

  • “The language we use to communicate with one another is like a knife. In the hands of a careful and skilled surgeon, a knife can work to do great good. But in the hands of a careless or ignorant person, a knife can cause great harm.”
    Exactly as it is with our words.”
    Source Unknown

  • “Da Da”: Powerful enough to make a grown man cry when spoken for the first time by his son.
    Source unknown

  • “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.”
    Siddhartha Gotoma or Buddha (563-483 B.C.)

  • “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
    William Penn (1644-1718)
    Philanthropist and founder of Colony of Pennsylvania

  • “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    German poet and composer

  • “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    (1749-1832 )
    German poet and composer

  • “You can create the energy to turn your dreams into reality by knowing what to say when you talk to yourself.”
    Shad Helmstetter
    Author of Motivational Books

  • “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.”
    Mother Theresa
    Nun, Missionaries of Charity,
    Nobel Peace Prize 1979

  • Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.
    From freethechildren.org

  • “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”
    Mother Theresa
    Nun, order of the Missionaries of Charity,
    Nobel Peace Prize winner 1979

  • “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
    Oprah Winfrey
    Author, Television Talk Show Host

  • “It takes your enemy and your friend working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.”
    Mark Twain

    (1835-1910) American author

  • “There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.”
    Mohammed Ali
    American Pro Boxer

  • “There is no deeper wound than humiliation. The momentary glory we may feel in humiliating someone is short-lived compared to the damage we cause.”
    Irwin Katsof
    Executive Director,
    Jerusalem Fund of Ashish HaTorah, author.

  • “Quite simply, what you say is the single biggest factor that determines your happiness.”
    Irwin Katsof
    Executive Director
    Jerusalem Fund of Ashish HaTorah, author.

  • “A candle loses nothing of it’s light by lighting another candle.”
    Source Unknown

  • ”Kind words can warm for three winters, while harsh words can chill even in the heat of summer.”
    Chinese proverb

  • “Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.”
    Lawrence G. Lovasik

  • “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
    Albert Schweitzer
    (1875-1965) Humanitarian, Theologian, Missionary

  • “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”
    Martin Luther King
    (1929-1968) Civil Rights Leader

  • “From the moment a child begins to speak, he is taught to respect the word; he is taught how to use the word and how not to use it. The word is all-powerful, because it can build a man up, but it can also tear him down. That’s how powerful it is. So a child is taught to use words tenderly and never against anyone; a child is told never to take anyone’s name or reputation in vain.”
    Henry Old Coyote
    Crow Tribe Author,excerpt from Respect for Life

  • “By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.”
    Sir Winston Churchill
    (1874-1965) British Statesman

  • “Sticks and stones may break my bones,
    but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”
    Eric Idle
    (1943- present) Comedian

  • “Words have a longer life than deeds”.
    (522 BC – 443 BC) Greek lyric poet

  • “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.”
    Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
    American Writer, Motivational Sales Trainer

  • “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.”
    Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
    American Writer, Motivational Sales Trainer

  • “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
    Lao Tzu (600 BC)
    Chinese Philosopher, Father of Taoism

  • “Gossip is a type of verbal terrorism. To destroy somebody’s good name is to commit a kind of murder.”
    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
    author of “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal.”

  • “It is only by talking and listening that we can understand other people’s mindsets, lifestyles, and goals.”
    Jason R. Dorsey
    , author of Ending School Violence

  • “Words, so innocent and powerless…when standing in a dictionary, how potent for good or evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) American Novelist

  • “We will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word spoken”

  • “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what they say, they are perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”
    3:2, The Bible, New Testament
    (note: perfect here means complete or mature.)

  • “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”

  • “Encourage one another daily.”

  • “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    Proverbs 12:18

  • “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

  • “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, health to the bones.”

  • “Gossip separates close friends.”

  • “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”
    wrote wise King Solomon, Proverbs 18:21

  • “You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”
    Philippians 4:8 paraphrased version from The Message

  • “Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to.”
    Harriet Lerner, Author of The Dance of Anger

  • “The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.
    Sarah Fielding (1710-1768) British novelist

  • “and the origin of bullying is name calling.”
    Margaret Ross
    President of Kamaron Institute and Foundation, author.