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Quotations About Vocabulary

We can shape events in each other's brains with exquisite precision.
The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
Words are, in my-not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.
J.K. Rowling's character Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
Words are labels for the things we see and the things we feel. Without such labels we are lost or at least confused.
Garrad Beck
Words are important. If you cannot say what you mean, you will never mean what you say. And you should always mean what you say.
paraphrased from the film, The Last Emperor written by Mark Peploe & Bernardo Bertolucci (These lines were based on a quotation from George Bernard Shaw.)
Why do large vocabularies characterize executives and possibly outstanding men and women in other fields? The final answer seems to be that words are the instruments by means of which men and women grasp the thoughts of others and with which they do much of their own thinking. They are the tools of thought.
Johnson O'Connor
You can't build a vocabulary without reading. You can't meet friends if you ... stay at home by yourself all the time. In the same way, you can't build up a vocabulary if you never meet any new words. And to meet them you must read. The more you read the better.
Rudolf Flesch and Abraham Lass
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name.
I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.
Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing