A Collector of Words.

Are you a collector of words? You probably already know that I am. I love words in all their different forms and compositions, and that partly explains why books have been, and will continue to be, such an important part of my life.

It seems amazing to me that out of all the words in existence, a talented writer can select and bring certain words together in a very deliberate way, and in doing so create something original and wonderful. The greatest of writers are able to use these collected words to connect with their readers and tell them something of the world or of themselves. I think that’s a rather lovely ideal.

Words can also remind us of who we want to be or what we want to achieve … While I enjoy a good quote, I really love a printed manifesto. They can give us a little or not-so-little nudge in the right direction. Because sometimes that’s all we need …Β I suppose what I’m really trying to say is that there is great potential in words collected together – some collections are long and some are short, but all can be powerful.

Manifestos tend to be short collections and are often beautiful, and not just for the message they convey … text and fonts are rather stunning in their own right and I need little excuse to give them attention.Β This manifesto snippet is a rather wonderful thing to behold – in content and in form. Perhaps you like these words too? Or maybe some others have taken your fancy because of what they say or the way in which they say it?

PS. You can find the full Holstee manifesto over here (mine is just waiting to be framed).


  1. Michelle

    What a great manifesto. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives and over complicate things that it helps when someone (or some words) stop us and make us think or remind us about the simple joys in life.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Michelle – It’s a great manifesto, and one that instantly ‘spoke’ to me when I first read it. I agree, sometimes we can get too caught up in ourselves … so it’s always welcome to just stop, think and reflect for a while.

  2. sofia

    yes I do collect words, in fact I carry a little notebook with me where I write every word that I don’t know, I love love to do this, than I search in the dictionary for it. I have to say that my favorite book of all is a good dictionary, in fact there are so many different dictionaries that I love to look at.
    I also love quotes and manifestos like the one above, they give us strengh to achieve our goals πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sofia – I thought you might be a fellow word-collector. Like yourself, I always carry a notebook with me just in case a thought or story idea occurs to me when I’m out and about.

      It’s a wonderful thing to always be expanding your vocabulary … after all, there are so many fantastic words out there for us to discover.

      Inspirational quotes and manifestos can work wonders for our minds, hearts and souls.

  3. charmaine

    To many words for me makes my head spin! I have one word on my wall “Dream”. Love to read but I like tranquil things on my wall.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Oh that’s interesting … though I certainly can’t fault your word of choice.
      I seem to like pausing to read a longer piece, almost like it’s an excuse to stop and calm my thoughts.

  4. Signe

    I love this one! Got mine in the mail a while back and now all I have to do it frame it and put it on the wall πŸ™‚


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – It’s a wonderful manifesto … Haha, I’m in the same boat as you … I’m just waiting to get my frame organised and hang it on the wall. xx

  5. woolf

    i love it that you love words. and you use them very well. i enjoy each snippet of text you’ve written. it always feels well thought through and calming. i like it anyhow, when words make the reader stop, which your words do.
    i am a lover of type, of words and of phrases. just like you, i have been that all my life, but i don’t think i have always realized this. words are images, and i think the reverse also works. it’d be a little ott to say they are synonyms, which they theoretically aren’t… but to me… well….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Oh you are so very kind to say such lovely things.
      I’m glad that you can see the thought that goes into my words, it’s something that I do take time to (hopefully) do properly. The only downside to that is that it can take a while to formulate what I want to say in precisely the right way … it’s probably the one area where I become a complete perfectionist.

      Words as images … yes indeed! It’s rather fascinating when you think about the relationship between the two. They are most definitely close together and can sometimes be one and the same.

  6. Claire

    i really love this! I would love it as a poster in my house ^_^

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Claire – It’s wonderful isn’t it? I couldn’t resist it, that’s why I had to buy one for my home! πŸ™‚

  7. Debby

    I love words and quotes too Tracey. I wish that I could say things in so few words just like the manifesto does so succinctly. Thanks for the nudge…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Words are such wonderful things, and they hold so much potential within. I know what you mean about the succinctness of that manifesto … I love that kind of ‘clean, crisp’ writing.

      I hope the little nudge pushes you in a lovely direction.

  8. Fi Figueroa

    Oh I love this! “collector of words”. I am constantly saving, pinning, tumbling quotes and words. It’s so true, is boggles me how out of all the words and all the people there are certain people and their words that can get to us! I am SO checking out that link πŸ™‚


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fi – Yes, I’m shocking with my love of words … I think my word collection borders on obsession. But I figure there’s much worse for us to get obsessed about in life! πŸ˜‰

      Words are amazing things, and I think that’s why I have so much respect for talented authors … they know precisely how to use them to great effect.

  9. danica

    this is such a beautiful post, tracey! i love the idea of collecting words…even though at the end of writing my thesis (and completely fed up with it) i am still entranced by language. i really need to transform the thoughts contained in the manifesto into action.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Oh thanks for saying such kind things. It’s nice to know that even at the end of writing your thesis you can still be entranced by the written language. I can only imagine how intense and exhausting a thesis experience would be.

      Me too – I need to take those manifesto ideas and make them part of my reality.

  10. Jan

    It is beautiful to savour a well written sentence, paragraph or page. To read it and wonder at the beauty of the expression.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – I agree. There’s something wonderful and a little magical about a well written sentence or passage. It reads and sounds a little like perfection. πŸ™‚

  11. urban muser

    beautiful and inspiring!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muster – Agreed, it’s one of the loveliest and best written manifestos I’ve come across. πŸ™‚

  12. Meagan

    Such great words to live by!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – I completely agree … we all need those little wordy reminders from time to time. πŸ™‚

  13. Mel

    I love words – and often make up my own lol! But since I speak Melsh and I’m the only expert in the language, I reckon I’m quite entitled to add to the dictionary whenever I like πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Haha, I think making up your own words is a wonderful thing to do … I know my household does exactly the same thing … if anyone overheard our conversations I’m sure they’d think us to be quite mad! πŸ˜‰

  14. Sandrine

    I really love your collection of words there so powerful together! πŸ™‚
    My mind spins around a bit with the mix of languages, sometimes I also love the sound of words not even trying to know what they mean πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – It’s a lovely collection of words indeed. Oh that’s a very interesting point about the mix of languages – while I don’t speak any other languages, I know a few bits and pieces … and sometimes I can be struck by a word or phrase even if I’m not too sure of it’s meaning. πŸ™‚

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