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Quotations: The Most Superlative
Words in the English Language


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Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James (1843–1916), as quoted by Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance, 1934


...the most beautiful words in the English language are "You've lost weight"... ~Christopher Buckley, "House-Guest Hell," in The New Yorker, 1995


The four most important words in the English language are: "How can I help?" ~Author unknown, c. 1960s


Five of the sweetest words in the English language begin with H, which is only a breath — Heart, Hope, Home, Happiness, and Heaven. Heart is a hope-place, and home is a heart-place; and that man sadly mistaketh, who would exchange the happiness of home for anything less than heaven. ~The Youth's Companion, 1853


I think the two most beautiful words in the English language are chocolate macadamia. ~John Mariani, "The Seasoned Cook: How Italians Say Shanks," Esquire, 1987


These were voted as the three sweetest words in the English language:
1.  I love you.
2.  Dinner is served.
3.  All is forgiven.
4.  Sleep 'til noon.
5.  Keep the change.
6.  Here's that five.
~Pelican, 1939


The four most beautiful words in our common language: "I told you so." ~Gore Vidal (1925–2012)


The most pleasant words in the English language are: "You are right." ~Author unknown


Perhaps the two most magic words in the English language are "I'm sorry." ~Joan Detz, It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It, 2000


Two of the most pleasant words in the English language are "please" and "thank you." ~Author unknown, c. 1950s


The three most important words in the English language are: "I appreciate you." ~Author unknown, c. 1960s


If the most beautiful words in the English language are "I love you," then I submit that high on the list for the number two spot is "I forgive you." ~G. Avery Lee (1916–2008), "The Second Most Beautiful Words," Affirmations of a Skeptical Believer, 1991


...and then she said the happiest words in the English language: "I understand." ~David Johansson, Skin of Sunset, 2009


Three words fall on my listening ear
      Like music from an Angel-lyre,
And when those thrilling words I hear
      My spirit burns with Heavenly fire;
The sweetest words to mortals given,
Methinks are Mother, Home and Heaven...
~W. G. Brown, "Mother, Home, Heaven," 1851


The sweetest words in the English language are: — "Welcome. Make yourself at home." ~Author unknown, c. 1949


The two most empowering words in the English language are:  I choose. ~Author unknown, c. 1990s


The most powerful words in the English language are those that come after the words  I am. ~Tommy Newberry, Success Is Not an Accident, 1999


The two biggest little words in the English language are the two little words "do right." ~Bob Jones, Sr. (1883–1968)


...the two biggest little words in the English language, "I DO!" ~James Vincent, Space Traveler: A Musician's Odyssey, 2003


‘Women’ and ‘Shakespeare’ are the two best words in the English language! ~B. W. Woodward, Old Wine in New Bottles: For Old and New Friends, 1890  [“Reverend Somebody” —tg]


As a child she'd kept a copy of Evangeline in her pocket. She'd go down by the riverside and read it until she cried her eyes out... She thought the two words — primeval forest — that's often in that book, were the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Author unknown


Words are peculiar that way, full of overtones and memories and semantic subtleties. It's an old game to pick the most beautiful, or the most unpleasant, words in the language. Playing it, some people have chosen "cellar door" as the most beautiful combination of sounds, with liquid consonants and soft vowels. ~Hal Borland


A good story is being told of a prominent credit man for a New York hat house which runs thus:  A Philadelphia magazine having offered a prize for the best answer to the question "Which are the four sweetest words in the English language?" our friend the credit man secured the prize by sending in a slip on which he wrote these words: "Enclosed please find check." ~The American Hatter, 1903


The most beautiful words in the English language are "not guilty." ~Maxim Gorky


I believe the two greatest words in the English language are "Play ball!" ~Matt Williams


They are the two most beautiful words in the language of baseball — game seven. Game seven is a rare songbird. And as fickle as the autumn wind. The bounce of a ball, the slip of a pitch, the swing of a bat. Glory or gloom, in perpetuity, at every turn. ~Tom Verducci, 2017, Astros–Dodgers World Series Game 7  [a little altered –tg]


Service is the greatest single word in any language. ~F. D. Boynton, "Why Teach?," 1920


Freedom is the greatest single word of the 20th century... ~Lawrence Folkemer, "A Call To Be Christian," 1953


The biggest word in the dictionary — What is it? It all depends on what you mean by "big." If you mean the longest word, there are some that stretch out so long on the page that it looks as though the printer had dumped the whole type case upside down to spell it. But the long words are never those that count most. They are never, in the true sense, the large words. The words that count most are all short, stubby words, like home, love, wife, child, work, play, food, sky, life, God. If, by the biggest word, we mean the one most important for us, that word is If. This simple two-letter word will either cause us the most trouble or represent the greatest gain to us. ~Halford E. Luccock, "The Biggest Word in the Dictionary," Five-Minute Shop-Talks, 1916  [a little altered —tg]


The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. ~Terri Guillemets


I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." ~Ronald Reagan, 1986


The saddest five words in the English language are:  I wish I would have. ~Ray M. Smythe, So You Decided To Teach, 2011


The saddest three words in the English language: "Rest in peace." ~Pelican, 1939



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