Here are some of the sayings I turn to again and again. Care to share some of yours? In the sequence below they move from the priceless power of communication to the ineffable effect of connecting – or not.
“Language is magic: it makes things appear and disappear.“
~ Nicole Brossard
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Those who tell the stories, rule the world.”
~ Hopi American Indian saying
“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.”
~ Bernard Shaw
"Our voice is in our first draft but too often we edit it out."
~ Sam Horn
“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
"A quotation in a speech, article, or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority."
~ Brendan Behan
The world would be a better place if writers would read more and readers would write more.
~ Ed Sizemore
“Never place a period where God has placed a comma.“
~ Gracie Allen
“There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.”
~ Arthur Dobrin
"To someone who stutters, it's easier done than said."
~ from The Stuttering Foundation to which I belong
"A leader isn't a seeker of consensus, but a molder of consensus."
~ Martin Luther King
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
~ Naguib Mahfouz
"Listening may be the most powerful statement a person can make.”
~ Dr. Mardy Grothe
“Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.”
~ Mark Amidon
"The time for action is past. Now is the time for senseless bickering."
~ Ashleigh Brilliant
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
"Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds."
~ Adam Bede
"There is no meaningful 'yes' unless the individual could also have said 'no'."
~ Rollo May
“In the same way you can never go backward to a slower computer, you can never go backward to a lessened state of connectedness.”
~ Douglas Coupland
~William Butler Yeats