Word World

What is this?

Kelley's Word World is mainly a collection of my favorite quotes about writing. But, it can also just be about words, books, or art in general and its impact. Plus there may be some cool video snippets here and there.


Food for thought

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives

only one.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind."

- Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam 

“We read to know we're not alone.” 

― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

"Be careful of the words you say,

Keep them short and sweet.

You never know, from day to day,

Which ones you'll have to eat."

- Anonymous 

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become

convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living

humans read the book.” 

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

"But words are things, and a small drop of ink,

Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces

That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."

- George Gordon, Lord Byron 

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

quotes to keep you moving

"Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure."

- Edward Thorndike 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more

places you'll go.” 

― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

"For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation

represents a complete, lived experience."

- Ingrid Bengis 

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author

that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever

you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” 

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

"It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without

the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless."

- Lewis Mumford 

"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the

writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page."

- Joan Baez 

"Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and

energy that showers blessings upon the world."

- Lawrence G. Lovasik 

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't

help it.” 

― Oscar Wilde


“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest

of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot


“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 

― C.S. Lewis


“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” 

― William Faulkner


"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."

- Kahlil Gibran

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” 

― Voltaire


 “You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.” 

― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” - Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader


“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ― Joseph Brodsky

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but

then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” 

― James Baldwin

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.” 

― Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” ― Mortimer J. Adler

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 

― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and

you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” 

― Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature