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What demonstrates the power of words better then quotes?

Asked by Unbroken (10279 points ) October 16th, 2012

There are quotes that make you laugh, cry, remember. Quotes that define viewpoint on a subject or you. This time I ask what quote pops into your mind first as one that has meaningfully helped you through a hard time.

I will go first. This one is by. Wilhelm Von Humboldt
Our happiness or our happiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than the nature of those events themselves.

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Tachys's avatar

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.

Spock

Seek's avatar

Oh, there are so many.

When I was struggling with the realisation of my atheism, there were many little quotes that I held on to, like Mark Twain’s “I was dead for millions of years before I was born, and was never inconvenienced in the slightest.” and the fantastic Gene Roddenberry’s “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes”

I like the proverb “If you truly believe you are too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent the night with a mosquito.”

And on the “spiritual” end: “I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

marinelife's avatar

Poetry demonstrates the power of words as well as or better than quotes.

filmfann's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Lurve will always be given at the mention of Kahlil Gibran.

My favorite is Groucho’s: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

Unbroken's avatar

Agreed. Kahlil speaks my mind opens. I do not disagree @marinelife. I was using the line of reasoning where more is less. If something moves you profoundly and can be condensed to a couple of sentences its way better then detergent x3… @Seek_Kolinahr I like the parable too good choice. I love Mark Twain however I do not follow the logic of it, I can see why someone else does. @filmfann love the word play have no idea what it means.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

I think the recorded word is also very powerful. This scene from “Cocoanuts”, featuring Groucho and Chico, is a great illustration of the comedic power of words.

Symbeline's avatar

One quote from a fictional character in Dracula, I always remembered for some reason. Although sympathy cannot alter facts, it can make them more bearable. The character was Mina Harker, and I can’t quite explain why it had an impact on me and still does; it just does.

Unbroken's avatar

@Yetanotheruser comic frustration is what I get from that. Always so much better when it happens to some one else.
@Symbeline very beautiful. The world seems softened .. gentler when we have someone on our side. I didn’t read Dracula but I was reminded of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein when I read this quote.

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