10 of my favourite quotes about words

“Words can be like X-Rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything.”
(Aldous Huxley, ‘Brave New World’) 

“I believe in the magic and authority of words.”
(René Char, 20th century French poet) 

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible form of magic.”
(J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’) 

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
(Carl Sagan, ‘Cosmos’) 

“She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.”
(Dean Koontz, ‘Lightning’) 

“If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.”
(Charles Baudelaire, French poet) 

“I am simply of the opinion that you cannot be taught to write. You have to spend a lifetime in love with words.”
(Craig Claiborne, American restaurant critic, food journalist and book author) 

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”
(Anne Carson, ‘Autobiography of Red’) 

“She liked the word ineffable because it meant a feeling so big or vast that it could not be expressed in words. And yet, because it could not be expressed in words, people had invented a word to express it, and that made Liesl feel hopeful, somehow.”
(Lauren Oliver, ‘Liesl & Po’) 

“They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.”
(San Juan de la Cruz, ‘The Poems of St John of the Cross’)