ONE OF THE most powerful forces at work in the world today is the ability to speak fluently. So important are words that many scientists believe that language ability is the missing link between man and the ape. So important are words that hundreds of people devote their lives to the study of etymology and to the compilation of more complete and correct dictionaries, and thousands more continually strive to increase and excel in word power. With words alone, one can hurt deeply or heal gently; one can exalt or degrade; one can lead or be led. Used in the right way, words can be instruments of greatness; and used in the wrong way, they can be weapons of perfidy. There is no greater indication of Abraham Lincoln's magnanimity as a man than his magnificent Gettysburg Address; and there is no better illustration of the deceit of a politician than his hypocritical campaign promises...
"The Importance of Words,"
Manuscripts: Vol. 17
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