18 beautiful quotes about writing words

Terms. Expressions. Vocables. Vocabulary. Locutions. Idioms. Words. However you want to describe them, they're words and they're wonderful.

We write them, we think them and we say them aloud to ourselves and others. We use them every day to talk about anything from the weather to the way we feel.

They're a device like no other: when used perfectly, words have the power to move you like nothing else.

Get inspired to put pen to paper and read these 18 beautiful quotes about writing and the power of words.

1. Confucius, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.

2. Lord Byron, poet

A drop of ink may make a million think.

3. Markus Zusak, in The Book Thief

I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.

4. Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

5. Joseph Conrad, in Lord Jim

My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see.

6. Sebastyne Young, author

A picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words can change it’s story.

7. E.L. Doctorow, in Homer & Langley

There is music in words, and it can be heard you know, by thinking.

8. Neil Gaiman, author

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick -- a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.

9. Robert Cormier, in I Am the Cheese

He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories. Words that went for the jugular. Active verbs that danced and raced on the page.

10. Sarah Smith, in Chasing Shakespeares

I believe God is a librarian. I believe that literature is holy...it is that best part of our souls that we break off and give each other, and God has a special dispensation for it, angels to guard its making and its preservation.

11. Ernest Hemingway, novelist

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

12. Anaïs Nin, author

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

13. Saul Bellow, writer

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

14. Ray Bradbury, in Zen in the Art of Writing

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

15. Aldous Huxley, in Brave New World

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

16. Sylvia Plath, in The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.

17. C.S. Lewis, novelist & poet

You can make anything by writing.

18. Charles Baudelaire, poet

Always be a poet, even in prose.