National Thesaurus Day is celebrated every year on Jan. 18 to commemorate the birth of Peter Mark Roget, the publisher of the "Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases."

A thesaurus is a reference tool that helps you find synonyms and is traditionally published in print form. However, they are more conveniently available and accessible now online.

Thesaurus helps not only to clarify the meaning of an unfamiliar word but gives a non-native speaker, a range of synonyms in which there might be at least one word that they already know. These synonyms could provide the necessary clues to figure out the meaning of the original word.

Using thesauri can help a person in expanding their vocabulary, improve both written and spoken communication skills as well as creative writing abilities, and further advance their career.

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Here are some quotes that will help you understand the power of thesaurus and how using the right words helps you make better communication.

Courtesy: Brainy Quote, Inc.

  1. "Reading the dictionary helps me express myself better. I can spend hours flicking through a thesaurus, too. It's not about expanding my vocabulary, it's just that I have a very specific taste in words. I'll sit and write lists of them to help me better describe my life." - Arlo Parks
  2. "My guilty pleasure at the end of the day is an old thesaurus. I know that can lead to overwriting, but if words such as lambent, pyretic and boscy exist, how sad they should stay recondite." - Bettany Hughes
  3. "Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don't mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime." - Rachel Wolchin
  4. "Don't ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs."- Hamza Yusuf
  5. "Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs." - Pearl Strachan Hurd
  6. "The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become."-May Sarton
  7. "Words are but pictures of our thoughts."- John Dryden
  8. "A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion."- Ludwig Wittgenstein
  9. "Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day." - Unknown
  10. "Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble." - Yehuda Berg