Words


"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."   - Lord Byron


*lol-those commas are not mine. I know I abuse commas. I think of  Captain Kirk talking- saying my words.    I wish... he really was  :D 

 

"Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster." -Cyril Connolly
(I don't agree-do you?)


  By words the mind is winged.  
-Aristophanes


 

Comments

Mary Ann Potter said…
That first quotation speaks a truth. It's why we as writers sometimes agonize over what we think we be "just the right word." The quote about words losing their luster is unfortunately true, too, if we consider so-called "social media,"which in reality isn't really social at all. When we lose our face-to-face, heart-to-heart connections, everything loses its true meaning, including what we say.
Kay L. Davies said…
I've never known anyone else admit to abusing commas. I wonder if there's a group for them: poor, abused, misused, overused, misunderstood...
LOL
I agree with Mary Ann. Social media really isn't social, but I think Real Toads is.
K
Lord Byron's words ring so true.
Yolanda Renee said…
Oh dear, abusing commas is a hobby of mine, but, I've been told, that when you write, and use the comma, you use it to highlight the phrase, to cause hesitation in the reading, emphasis! I think good writers do that, I just put them willy, nilly, everywhere! :)
Ella said…
Yolanda-lol, me too! My son read something I wrote and laughed-too many commas Ma! "No one talks like you write," he snickered. I made tea and then it struck me. I ran down the hall and knocked on his door, "Captain Kirk, talks like I write."
He shook his head laughing as I impersonated the Captain ;D
Cheers to the comma :D

Alex-I love Lord Byron I bet he was a Ninja, like you~ Ninjas have always been around ;D

Kay-I might need to start a support group! lol You are always fun~ :D I still am thinking about your clown thing. I might combine another prompt and try. I will let you know~

Mary Ann-Yes, you are right, so sad! I was thinking of reading words, in favorite books, not social media. Lost in translation is now the new norm! Sad...but true! Thanks for sharing :D
Laurie Kolp said…
Yes, words are very powerful and can be used as weapons, too.
Ella said…
Laurie-Yes, some do resemble swords~
Sad, but true1
Mama Zen said…
I just love that first quote!
Ella said…
Hi Mama Zen-Me too ;D
I hoping for a quiet house later so I can write. I'll be by...
L. Diane Wolfe said…
"What are words for?" Now I have that song by Missing Persons in my head.
Ella said…
Hi Diane-I am now playing this song!
This is happening to me, a lot lately~ :D
Wanda said…
Although some words may lose their luster, overall I think words have the power to linger much longer than a person presence.