Words are only symbols for the relations of things among themselves and to us, and nowhere touch absolute truth.
Words are and remain an empty sound, and the road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations—naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. And that is one of the chief difficulties in writing them today—that they are so stored with meanings, with memories, that they have contracted so many famous marriages.