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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words Essay

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

If I were to take a room filled entirely with people and ask them to write about something that holds value to them, what would it be? To some, the word “value” means something that holds only a monetary value, something that can be bought and sold. The values that I am referring to are the values that an individual cannot place a price tag on. They are of special significance that hold a dear meaning to us deep down in our hearts. They are the things that are ever reminding us of the people that we are, and the people that we want to be. When I think of the word “value” I often think of love and family. I think about the importance of the gift of life, and just how very special it truly is.…show more content…

I was lucky to have had such a close family growing up because being an only child, I often got to be a little lonely. That caused me to cling more closely to my cousins. I was particularly close to one. Ryan.

Ryan and I grew up together. Living just right next door to each other, he was pretty much my very first best friend. We were a mere nine months apart, and we did everything together. We went to pre-school together and we were confirmed in the same class at our church. We learned how to ride four-wheelers together and graduated from high school together. Ryan and I even decided on the same college, and began that journey together. We experienced so much, and have plenty of pictures to prove it. They are now my special memories of Ryan and that I now have frozen in time, because along with the experience of our first week of college, came another new experience, my first time having to experience “alone”. Ryan had passed away.

Throughout the first week of learning on how to adapt to this different life style, all I could do was look through pictures; my tiny pieces of moments frozen in time. I saw all the smiles, all of the great times we spent together growing up. I wished so hard that I could just jump right into the picture and be with Ryan again. I knew I couldn’t, so I decided to get a frame, and fill it with all of my favorite pictures of Ryan and me. I created

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"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English language-idiom. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.


The expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Tess Flanders discussing journalism and publicity.[1]

A similar phrase, "One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words", appears in a 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio.[2]

An early use of the exact phrase appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement for the San Antonio Light, which says:

One of the Nation's Greatest Editors Says:

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light's Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm

reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers.[3]

It is believed by some that the modern use of the phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journalPrinters' Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars.[4] The December 8, 1921, issue carries an ad entitled, "One Look is Worth A Thousand Words." Another ad by Barnard appears in the March 10, 1927, issue with the phrase "One Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words", where it is labeled a Chinese proverb. The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar Phrases quotes Barnard as saying he called it "a Chinese proverb, so that people would take it seriously."[5] Nonetheless, the proverb soon after became popularly attributed to Confucius. The actual Chinese expression "Hearing something a hundred times isn't better than seeing it once" (百闻不如一见, p bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn) is sometimes introduced as an equivalent, as Watts's "One showing is worth a hundred sayings".[6] This was published as early as 1966 discussing persuasion and selling in a book on engineering design.[7] In March 1911, in the Syracuse Advertising Men's Club, Arthur Brisbane wrote: "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words."[8]


Despite this modern origin of the popular phrase, the sentiment has been expressed by earlier writers. For example, the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote (in Fathers and Sons in 1861), "The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book."[9] The quote is sometimes attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, who said "A good sketch is better than a long speech" (French: Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours). While this is sometimes translated today as "A picture is worth a thousand words," this translation does not predate the phrase's common use in English.


The phrase has been spoofed by computer scientistJohn McCarthy, to make the opposite point: "As the Chinese say, 1001 words is worth more than a picture."[10]

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  1. ^"Speakers Give Sound Advice". Syracuse Post Standard. page 18. March 28, 1911. 
  2. ^"One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words". Piqua Leader-Dispatch. page 2. August 15, 1913. 
  3. ^"Pictorial Magazine of the War (advertisement)". San Antonio Light. page 6. January 10, 1918. 
  4. ^"The history of a picture's worth". Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  5. ^Stevenson, Burton (1949). Stevenson’s book of proverbs, maxims and familiar phrases. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. p. 2611.   see also "The history of a picture's worth". uregina.ca. Retrieved 6 November 2016.  
  6. ^Watts, Alan. "The Way of Zen"
  7. ^Woodson, Thomas T. (1966) Introduction to Engineering Design. McGraw-Hill Technology & Engineering – 434 pages
  8. ^"The meaning and origin of the expression: A picture is worth a thousand words". The phrase finder. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  9. ^Turgenev, Ivan. "16". Fathers and Sons. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  10. ^McCarthy, John. "The sayings of John McCarthy (1 March 2007)". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 


  • The Dictionary of Clichés by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

Further reading[edit]

1913 newspaper advertisement

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