Talk:A picture is worth a thousand words

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The external links used the Chinese phrase "畫意能達萬言" as equivalent (very close to a literal translation). However, I want to note that the phrase "百聞不如一見" (roughly: seeing it once is better than hearing a hundred times) is more commonly used in Mandarin for the purpose.

I savor their little oranges70.242.167.14 (talk) 20:47, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

───────────────────────── More to the point it wasn't actually a Chinese phrase. There is no reason whatsoever to go into Chinese expressions beyond the part where he admits he made up that connection out of whole cloth. — LlywelynII 00:21, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

contradicting paragraph[edit]

The third paragraph about Bernard seems to contradict the original statement about it being a Chinese proverb. Who really originated the saying?Jeanarock (talk) 02:27, 2 June 2009 (UTC)


There is a Russian proverb: "Лучше один раз увидеть, чем сто раз услышать" (leterally: "It's better one time to see, than one hundred times to hear"). It seems to be based based on the Chinese phrase 百闻不如一见 (bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn). Hellerick (talk) 13:49, 27 September 2009 (UTC)


I, the Mighty Obbop, in a rare fit of lucidity, hereby propose that some utterances are so commonsensical in a general way that it is likely many different folks concocted the adage, figure of speech, whatever at so many differing places at various times that any attempt to seek a source is futile.

There are so many ways to phrase "a pic is worth kilo-words" that minor differences in utterance are meaningless. Besides, various languages have different usage rules that even with translations there will be many ways to communicate the same general thought. (talk) 20:53, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Possible "See Also" section.[edit]

FYI, refer Silent preaching , for related ideas. Think of more things to add to make an unbiased list. Wasn't there a more popular expression, A picture paints a thousand words, where the picture isn't really equated to or 'worth' such many words, but implies a more nuanced concept can sometimes be served by the picture. In psychology somewhere there is a technique where the client records their experiences in hand drawn image. Add to proposed 'See Also' list, if someone could find the name of that; which just now reminds me of the Identi-Kit system, which of course is a different thing.Also,something could be said of giving directions to tourists etc. where sometimes a landmark ,such as a prominent tower or multi-signpost,milepost,kilometre point, can be brought to their attention rather than a long list of streets. SignedJohnsonL623 (talk) 00:49, 12 July 2011 (UTC) See notes under,Exit sign , maybe include this or some other pictogram. SignedJohnsonL623 (talk) 01:00, 12 July 2011 (UTC)