Quotations for Daily Use

Gossip, Destructive Talk, Put-Downs, Opinions

"A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever." Jessamyn West, (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American author of short stories and novels

"Bullfight critics row on row
Crowd the enormous Plaza de Toros
But only one is there who knows
And he is the one who fights the bull."
Robert Graves (1895–1985), English poet, novelist, and critic; professor of poetry at Oxford University 1961–66; full name Robert Ranke Graves.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

"Every person you meet today is either a demolition site or a construction opportunity. Your words will make a difference. Will they be weapons for destruction or tools for construction?"  Life Application Study Bible commentary about Proverbs 11:9

"Gossip is like mud thrown against a clean wall. It may not stick, but it leaves a mark."  Unknown

"Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people."

Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884–1962), US first lady 1933–45, humanitarian, and diplomat

"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another." Homer, (8th century bc ), Greek epic poet

"He had not let sleeping dogs lie, he had roused them up and they had gone baying." Father Timothy Kavanagh in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"He is like a drum which makes a lot of noise but is hollow inside." Sudanese Proverb

"If I valued the honorable Gentlemen's opinion I might get angry." Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55

"If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot." Italian Proverb

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord." Psalm 19:14

"People who aren't pursuing their own dreams are usually the first to criticize people who are." On the Right Note, May 22, 2007

"Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil [or harsh]" Psalms 141:3-4

"Shallow streams make the most noise." Unknown - This is a turn on the old adage, "Still waters run deep."

"The continent is a kind of whispering gallery and acts and speeches are reverberated around from New York in all directions. The report is very loud at a distance when the whisper is very gentle in the center." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801 (Note that "report" used here is a noun that refers to a sudden loud noise of or like an explosion or gunfire.)

"The cruelest lies are often told in silence." Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850–94), Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer; ("The listeners in a conversation can join the mugging with a silent nod.")

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." Chinese Proverb

"There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud." Carol Shields, June 2, 1935 – July 16, 2003) was an American-born Canadian author

"True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do." Victor Hugo, 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement

"We can't celebrate death in video games, celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect that things like this are not going to happen." Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, January 26, 2018; These comments were made after a student in Marshall County High School in Kentucky killed 2 students and wounded 17 others in a school shooting.

"When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one." Edward Bulwer-Lytton, (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873), was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician

"When you make your mark in the world, watch out for the people with erasers."

"When you throw dirt, you lose ground." Credited as a Texan proverb but was found to be used in 1923 in a Pennsylvania newspaper

"Where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth." Proverbs 26:20 King James Version

"You can work miracles by having faith in others. To inspire the best in people, choose to think and believe the best about them." Bob Moawad, motivational speaker

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