Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oh, Powerful Words

“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Such a true statement. Words used for good can move people to action, can change lives, or at the very least, the way we think. Positive words can gift people with confidence and happiness, and most importantly, the right words have the ability to give people hope.

And hope is one of life’s most powerful emotions.

Conversely, words used for evil can cut out hearts, start wars, fights, divorce, create anger, or destroy a person’s self confidence.  

And for some, anger is more powerful than hope.

One of the most important functions of writers is to learn how to pull emotions—like hope and anger, love and hate, happiness and misery—out of our readers. But this skill also tends to be helpful in our everyday lives. For everyone, not just writers.

How have someone else’s words affected you lately? How have your words affected someone else? 


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Man, a post that makes me think at 5:30 am. :P I'm sure someone's words have affected me. I just can't remember what they are.

Words when used incorrectly can cause all kinds of trouble.

Angie said...

Love that quote. I was just released from the RS presidency. I hope my words in that capacity have done some good.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

I'm constantly amazed at how even changing one word in a sentence in my manuscript can make all the difference. Such powerful little things!