Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21, English Standard Version)
There’s a well-known proverb: “Talk is cheap.” And here’s another: “Actions speak louder than words.”
But God spoke and the heavens and the earth came into being.
The “power of the tongue” citation turns up near the end of Michael Crummey’s wonderful novel, Galore (Other Press, 2011) – which is where I rediscovered it a couple of days ago.
There’s a nice review by Lisa Peet (which I’ve linked to the cover illustration here), and another (written for The Guardian) by Liz Jensen.
PS: “The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.” (Voltaire)