Quotes on words

When I use a word … it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less’ Humpty Dumpty
A word has the meaning someone has given to it: Wittgenstein, 1965
A word, then, is a form which does not consist of (two or more) lesser free forms; in brief a word is a minimum free form Bloomfield p.178
People use thought only to justify their wrong-doings, and words only to conceal their thoughts Voltaire
The only sort of four-letter words I use are ‘good’, ‘love’, ‘warm’ and ‘kind’ Catherine Cookson
The world is but a word Timon of Athens
Ideas are enclosed and almost bound in words like precious stones in a ring. Leopardi

Words words words . They’re all we have to go on.  Stoppard R&C

I am not yet so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of Heaven. Dr Johnson 1755
All words are prejudices.   Nietzsche
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. Adlai Stevenson

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. Burt Bacharach

‘sequence of letters without any spaces’ Hurford p.247 
‘item listed separately in an ordinary dictionary’ Hurford p 248

Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Mankind. Basically, it’s made up of two separate words--“mank” and “ind.” What do these words mean? It’s a mystery, and that’s why so is mankind.
Jack Handey, Deeper Thoughts

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. Burt Bacharach