“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
In 1923, Rudyard Kipling was giving a speech to the Royal College of Surgeons in London. This quotation was given in this speech. It is one of the British author and poet’s most well-known.
In his next sentence he said, “Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain ….”
Words powerfully shape how a person thinks and feels. Just like a drug. Yes, negatively. But also positively.