Words. They are more powerful than one would ever imagine. The human language is unique in that it is written and spoken in so many different languages yet we all say the same things despite those language variations. Words have the ability to inspire people. They have the ability to convince people to stand up and revolt. Words can encourage people to follow a leader or leaders to war. They can make people laugh, they can make people cry, they make people happy, they can make people sad or even depressed. Words can be very detrimental, they can hurt so bad they can make someone feel worthless and unworthy and even take their own life. Yet they can be comforting and uplifting and calm people down.
Have you ever thought about the words you use and how you use them? Have you ever been in a room and someone said something that made you cringe? Or how about been at a conference listening to a speaker and felt so inspired you felt you would follow that person anywhere? This is the power of words. Many people do not know how to use words to their advantage. They are just not good at talking to people, especially masses of people and inspiring or convincing them one way or another is just not their forte’. Yet there are many, many others who seem to have a gift with words. They can manipulate them in such a way that you are just amazed at how well versed they are at public speaking or even at writing. Successful writers are such people as are some political figures, or even motivational speakers as well.
The above picture is that of Georges Pompidou: He once said A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.
These can be very thought provoking words. And as you can see a nice play on words. He uses four words, statesman, politician, nation, and service and just by rewording a sentence develops two entirely different meanings with them.
Another good quote is as follows: “When people say to me: “How do you do so many things?” I often answer them without meaning to be cruel: “How do you do so little?” It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people sit in front of the TV and treat life as if it goes on forever.” — Phillip Adams
One other thing to remember about words are sometimes we use them as jokes or even sarcastically. These are times you really need to know your audience because some people may be offended by your joke or take your sarcasm as an insult. Now, we have been talking about the use of words and what they can do but one thing to remember is there are times when it’s better to not say anything or minimize what you say as well. You may be thinking one thing but it is probably better to say something different. This all falls into the intricacies of the human language. Let me give you a few more quotes.
Ronald Reagan: Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Leonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
George S. Patton: Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
Adolf Hitler: All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
As you can see above, I have used a quote from 2 very well know individuals. Both of whom were considered great leaders of their time. One considered good, one considered bad. George S. Patton was considered a military great. He had the ability to inspire and lead his men into victory more times than defeat and when defeated he could rally his men into believing it wasn’t a defeat but just a delay in the inevitable victory that was to come.
Adolf Hitler was a cruel and ruthless leader. He gave the on-going order to torture and kill millions of Jews. But the Holocaust did not just include Jews, it also included the Nazis’ genocide of millions of people in other groups, including Romani, leftists, Soviet prisoners of war, Polish and Soviet civilians, homosexuals, people with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other political and religious opponents, which occurred regardless of whether they were of German or non-German ethnic origin. You may be asking why I am bringing this up, well it’s simple. Though, Hitler was a ruthless man he was also a very powerful speaker. This is a man who was able to grab control of Germany, convince the political leaders and military leaders under him into thinking his way and believe in his “master race” as well. He was even able to sway the majority of an entire country into believing in him and following him into a World War. There is no doubt that no matter what kind of man he was, he was an extremely well spoken individual and knew how to use words to his benefit.
Needless to say the human language can be used in very powerful ways, whether it is for good or for bad if someone knows how to use words either through writing or speaking, they can change the lives of many people for ever. So to lighten things up a little I leave you with one last motivational photo. Hope you enjoy.