5 Great Quotations about Word Choice

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy

“Literature is the art of using words. This is not a platitude, but a truth of the first importance, a truth so profound that many writers never get down to it…” – Arnold Bennett

“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” – Homer

“If the word doesn’t exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn’t exist.” – Charles Baudelaire

“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” – Stephen King