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Quotes of the Day for 16 October 2001 – Words

Noah Webster was born at West Hartford, Connecticut on this day in 1758. In his honor, here are some quotes on words.

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The quotes:

It seems to me that the soul, when alone with itself and speaking to itself, uses only a small number of words, none of them extraordinary.
     - Paul Valéry

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.
     - Antisthenes

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
     - Khalil Gibran

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

I must use beautiful words, I never know when I might have to eat them.
     - Everett McKinley Dirksen, 1896 - 1969


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