one picture is worth ten thousand words

There is no foundation to the ascription of Chinese origin in quots. 1925 and 1927.

1921 Printers Ink 8 Dec. 96 One look is worth a thousand words.

1925 Washington Post 26 July (Amusements section) 2/2 ‘The picture is worth ten thousand words.’ So says an old Chinese proverb.

1927 Printers’ Ink 10 Mar. 114 Chinese proverb, One picture is worth ten thousand words.

1954 R. HAYDN Journal of Edwin Carp 90 ‘One picture speaks louder than ten thousand words.’ Mr. Bovey repeated the adage this morning when..he handed me my finished portrait.

1979 Scientific American Oct. 118 A picture is worth a thousand words.

2001 New Scientist 17 Nov. 59 [In a photograph] the mask is being worn with the bottom strap cut off or dangling. A picture is worth a thousand words, but here are eight to redress the balance: ‘If there’s only one strap, it’s probably crap.’


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