Words can confer strength; they can drain it off; Words can gain friends; they can turn them into enemies; words can elevate or lower the individual. One must learn the habit of making one’s words sweet, soft, and pleasant.
There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.
Words lead us to the doorway of truth, but only by contemplating their meaning can we pass through.
We have no word for ‘nation’ in our language.
I do not see what use a man can be put to, whose word cannot be trusted. How can a wagon be made to go if it has no yoke-bar, or a carriage if it has no collar-bar?
One kind word can warm three winter months.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.