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Does the Speaker Rob the Words of their Truth?

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Does the Speaker Rob the Words of their Truth?

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg

For the past few years, I have regularly posted a notable quotation onto Facebook and LinkedIn. I appreciate the positive responses from the faithful readers, especially on Facebook. The source of these quotes is from a site called BrainyQuote. On a given day, a topic was chosen, a list of quotations appeared on my screen and a choice was made, the quotation was copied, and then pasted onto Facebook and that day’s duty was done. The quotation was a choice based on mood, time, and respect of the quotation’s source. They were all quotes of some significance to me, not without some prejudice. And, that is my topic for this Blog.

I found myself ignoring admirable quotations only because I had unfavorable feelings about the author of the quote. For example, I ignored Napolean Bonaparte, though one of his quotes, “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich,” may make some sense.

I wonder, though, if truly, the source of a quotation robs the words of their worth?

A favorite quote for a long time is, “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” Alone, the words are inspirational and instructive. Today, though, when I tell you the quote was made by Bill Cosby, their value may be diluted by the recent news.

The quote, “Never, never, never give up,” is encouraging, all on its own, but when we attribute it to Winston Churchill coupled with the onset of World War II, the words are no different, but our knowledge of the context and the visual of them emanating from the mouth of Britain’s Prime Minister add much to their meaning.

Is it true that words alone give us minimal impact until context props them up?