The Power and the Freedom Of Words

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“A picture can tell a thousand words,
but a few words can change it’s story.”
-Sebastyne Young

 

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
-Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind)

 

“Use the right word and not its second cousin.”-Mark Twain

 

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.” Mark Twain

 

“All the great things are simple,power-of-the-pen
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
– Winston Churchill

 

“Every human has four endowments self-awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom…the power to choose,  to respond, to change.”
– Stephen Covey

 

“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some under-culture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” -Don Delillo

 

 

How many writers (from both present and past) can you think of whose writings have impacted civilization as a whole?  How many of these writers wrote as free men/women, or under some form of confinement?   Writers who use their words wisely can change hearts, minds, even the world!

As writers, let us live and write with conviction and with purpose.

Happy 4th!