The words you write or speak to others can leave a huge impact and create a lasting memory--either good or bad--so it's super important to choose them wisely. Words can make or break a relationship and your choice of words and the way you express yourself can accelerate or kill your career. Here are 26 quotes on the power of words.

1. "Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don't mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime." -Rachel Wolchin

2. "Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten." -Unknown

3. "Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you." -KushandWizdom

4. "Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." -Rumi

5. "...But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief." -Unknown

6. "The secret of being boring is to say everything." -Voltaire

7. "One kind word can change someone's entire day." -Unknown

8. "Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs." -Pearl Strachan Hurd

9. "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

10. "My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see." -Joseph Conrad

11. "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa

12. "The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words." -Unknown

13. "Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." -Joel Osteen

14. "All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down." -Friedrich Nietzsche

15. "Don't mix bad words with your bad mood. You'll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you'll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke." -Unknown

16. "Don't ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs." -Hamza Yusuf

17. "Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day." -Unknown

18. "Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." -Edgar Allan Poe

19. "A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever." -Jessamyn West

20. "Good words are worth much, and cost little." -George Herbert

21. "Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving." -Unknown

22. "Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world." -Lawrence G. Lovasik

23. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." -John Keating

24. "The best word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest." -Markus Zusak

25. "Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed." -Abraham Joshua Herschel

26. "If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive." -Betty Eadie