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A picture is worth a thousand words

Posted by ESC on January 07, 2003

In Reply to: A picture paints a thousand words posted by James Briggs on January 07, 2003

: : : hi,
: : : I am looking for the meaning and eplaination about the following quote:
: : : A picture paints a thousand words
: : : Bye

: : Simply put, it means that a picture will be far more descriptive of something than words can ever be, or, to put it another way, no matter how hard you try, you can't beat a visual presentation.

: : Having sat through far too many Powerpoint-rich presentations from Microsoft worker ants in my time, I have to entirely disagree. The acolytes of Saint Bill of Seattle manage effortlessly to be meaningless, no matter which medium they choose to present in.

: And allegedly first made by Confucius, I believe.

PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, A -- One reference says "a picture is worth a thousand words" is ".a Chinese proverb long ago. The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote (in 'Fathers and Sons' in 1862): 'A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).