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Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,

W Smile

Life is the living you do, Death is the living you don't do.

W. Leo Rosten on

Two wrongs are only the beginning.

Wa Cleon Thucydides

Events are not affected, they develop.

Wa Wanda

An idea is an eye given by God for the seeing of God. Some of these eyes we cannot bear to look out of, we blind them as quickly as possible.

Wade Harry V.

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.

Wagner Jane

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.

Wagner Lichty &

I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't seem to work.

Wagner Michael J.

Out of sight is out of mind.

Walinsky Adam

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.

Walker Stanley

Too much of everything is just enough.

Wallace George

'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky!

Wallace George

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.

Wallach. Carole

Facts are the enemy of truth.


I can't understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.

War Oliver

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?

Ward A.

If at first you don't succeed, you're doing about average.

Ward Artemus

A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.

Ward Jay

Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.

Warhol Andy

The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.

Warhol Andy

Living in LA is like not having a date on Saturday night.

Warhol Andy

A violent man will die a violent death.

Warner Jack

Ain't no right way to do a wrong thing.

Washington Booker T.

Some men are heterosexual, and some are bisexual, and some men don't think about sex at all... they become lawyers.

Washington George

When alerted to an intrusion by tinkling glass or otherwise, 1) Calm yourself 2) Identify the intruder 3) If hostile, kill him. Step number 3 is of particular importance. If you leave the guy alive out of misguided softheartedness, he will repay y


Facts, apart from their relationships, are like labels on empty bottles.

Watts Alan

If while you are in school, there is a shortage of qualified personnel in a particular field, then by the time you graduate with the necessary qualifications, that field's employment market is glutted.

Wau Evelyn

Women of genius commonly have masculine faces, figures and manners. In transplanting brains to an alien soil God leaves a little of the original earth clinging to the roots.

Way Glaser and

My father was a creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours left off.


What you want, what you're hanging around in the world waiting for, is for something to occur to you.

Weaver Ken

"World conquerors sometimes become fools, but fools never become world conquerors."

Webber Dean

It's very glamorous to raise millions of dollars, until it's time for the venture capitalist to suck your eyeballs out.

Webster Daniel

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.

Weil Joseph

No evil can happen to a good man.

Weiler A.H.

God gave man two ears and one tongue so that we listen twice as much as we speak.

Weinberg Darrin

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.


The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

Wellington The Duke of

All phone calls are obscene.

Wellington Duke

If you're like most homeowners, you're afraid that many repairs around your home are too difficult to tackle. So, when your furnace explodes, you call in a so-called professional to fix it. The "professional" arrives in a truck with lettering on t

Wells Carolyn

I appreciate the fact that this draft was done in haste, but some of the sentences that you are sending out in the world to do your work for you are loitering in taverns or asleep beside the highway.

Wells H.G.

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.

Wells H.G.

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money?

Wells H.G.

God is Dead.

Wells H.G.

Moneyliness is next to Godliness.

Wells H.G.

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

Wells J. Wellington

... before I could come to any conclusion it occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility. What did it matter what anyone knew or ignored? What did it matter who was manager? One gets sometimes s

Wells J. Wellington

You don't have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

Wells H.G.

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.

West Mae

Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god, still speaking almost gently. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

West Mae

Only those who leisurely approach that which the masses are busy about can be busy about that which the masses take leisurely.

West Rebecca

Scratch the average female and you'll find a purring bundle... at the ready to love and honor, bake a torte and still produce quintuplets.

Whalen Philip

"We maintain that the very foundation of our way of life is what we call free enterprise," said Cash McCall, "but when one of our citizens show enough free enterprise to pile up a little of that profit, we do our best to make him feel that he ought t

Wheeler Harvey

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

White E. B.

Housework can kill you if done right.

White E.B.

Nothing endures but change.

White E.B.

The USA is so enormous, and so numerous are its schools, colleges and religious seminaries, many devoted to special religious beliefs ranging from the unorthodox to the dotty, that we can hardly wonder at its yielding a more bounteous harvest of gobb

White Paul

What I tell you three times is true.

White T.H.

It is up to us to produce better-quality movies.

White T.H.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.

White William Allen

The state of innocence contains the germs of all future sin.

White William Allen

Playing an unamplified electric guitar is like strumming on a picnic table.

White Katherine

It is Mr. Mellon's credo that $200,000,000 can do no wrong. Our offense consists in doubting it.

Whitehead A.N.

It's easier to take it apart than to put it back together.

Whitehead Alfred North

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Whitehead Alfred North

Life is the childhood of our immortality.

Whitehorn Katharine

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

Who Dr.

Some performers on television appear to be horrible people, but when you finally get to know them in person, they turn out to be even worse.

Whorfin Lord John

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

Wicker Tom

There is a natural hootchy-kootchy to a goldfish.

Wicker Tom

Immature artists imitate, mature artists steal.

Wicker Tom

It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.

Wier Bob

Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

Wiggam Alfred E.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously.

Wilde Oscar

If Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is not by some means abridged, it will soon fall into disuse.

Wilde Oscar

Catharsis is something I associate with pornography and crossword puzzles.

Wilde Oscar

The ideal voice for radio may be defined as showing no substance, no sex, no owner, and a message of importance for every housewife.

Wilde Oscar

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *___and* fresher

Wilde Oscar

Three minutes' thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.

Wilde Oscar

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that balances are correct.

Wilde Oscar

The [Ford Foundation] is a large body of money completely surrounded by people who want some.

Wilde Oscar

For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say "Canada". Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.

Wilde Oscar

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

Wilde Oscar

I didn't do it! Nobody saw me do it! Can't prove anything!

Wilde Oscar

If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some.

Wilde Oscar

A woman who is guided by the head and not by the heart is a social pestilence: she has all the defects of the passionate and affectionate woman, with none of her compensations; she is without pity, without love, without virtue, without sex.

Wilde Oscar

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget.

Wilde Oscar

Ninety percent of everything is crap.

Wilde Oscar

For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.

Wilde Oscar

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

Wilde Oscar

Thou hast seen nothing yet.

Wilde Oscar

I have defined the hundred per cent American as ninety-nine per cent an idiot.

Wilde Oscar

Eggheads unite! You have nothing to lose but your yolks.

Wilde Oscar

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Wilde Oscar

The first rule of all intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts.

Wilde Oscar

Grig (the navigator): ... so you see, it's just the two of us against the entire space armada. Alex (the gunner): What?!? Grig: I've always wanted to fight a desperate battle against overwhelming odds. Alex: It'll be a slaughter! Grig: That'

Wilde Oscar

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.

Wilde Oscar

The only "ism" Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.

Wilde Oscar

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth.

Wilde Oscar

I have seen the future and it is just like the present, only longer.

Wilde Oscar

Divorce is a game played by lawyers.

Wilde Oscar

Nonsense and beauty have close connections.

Wilde Oscar

Between 1950 and 1952, a bored weatherman, stationed north of Hudson Bay, left a monument that neither government nor time can eradicate. Using a bulldozer abandoned by the Air Force, he spent two years and great effort pushing boulders into a single

Wilde Oscar

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.

Wilde Oscar

When I have one foot in the grave I will tell the truth about women. I shall tell it, jump into my coffin, pull the lid over me, and say, "Do what you like now."

Wilde Oscar

Know what I hate most? Rhetorical questions.

Wilde Oscar

I understand why you're confused. You're thinking too much.

Wilde Oscar

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

Wilde Oscar

Everyone is in the best seat.

Wilde Oscar

It seems to me that nearly every woman I know wants a man who knows how to love with authority. Women are simple souls who like simple things, and one of the simplest is one of the simplest to give. ... Our family airedale will come clear across t

Wilde Oscar

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

Wilder Billy

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Wilder Billy

"There was an interesting development in the CBS-Westmoreland trial: both sides agreed that after the trial, Andy Rooney would be allowed to talk to the jury for three minutes about little things that annoyed him during the trial."

Will George

My father, a good man, told me, "Never lose your ignorance; you cannot replace it."

Will George

"Rembrandt's first name was Beauregard, which is why he never used it."

Willard F. Libby

Necessity has no law.


Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.

William Gibson

A good scapegoat is hard to find. A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.

William S. Paley

Someone did a study of the three most-often-heard phrases in New York City. One is "Hey, taxi." Two is, "What train do I take to get to Bloomingdale's?" And three is, "Don't worry. It's just a flesh wound."

William Shakespeare

A furore Normanorum libera nos, O Domine! [From the fury of the norsemen deliver us, O Lord!]

William Shakespeare

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "Now it's complete because it's ended here."

William Shakespeare

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.

William Shakespeare

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?

William Shakespeare

Charity begins at home.

Williams H.H.

All art is but imitation of nature.

Williams Robin

If reporters don't know that truth is plural, they ought to be lawyers.

Williams Tennessee

Of all men's miseries, the bitterest is this: to know so much and have control over nothing.

Williams Robin

Art is a jealous mistress.

Williamson Ren'e de Visme

You can't run away forever, But there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start.

Williamson Nicol

Nice guys finish last.

Williamson Dr. Paul

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

Willie Sutton

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas.

Wills Derek

May you live in uninteresting times.

Wilson Earl

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

Wilson Earl

If you know the answer to a question, don't ask.

Wilson Edmund

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.

Wilson Woodrow

... [concerning quotation marks] even if we *___did* quote anybody in this business, it probably would be gibberish.

Wilson Robert

Ask not for whom the Bell tolls, and you will pay only the station-to-station rate.

Win Sir

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

Winch Marty

Inglish Spocken Hier: some mangled translations Sign on a cabin door of a Soviet Black Sea cruise liner: Helpsavering apparata in emergings behold many whistles! Associate the stringing apparata about the bosums and meet behind, flee then t

Winchell Walter

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.


When properly administered, vacations do not diminish productivity: for every week you're away and get nothing done, there's another when your boss is away and you get twice as much done.

Winkle R.V.

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.


The executioner is, I hear, very expert, and my neck is very slender.


Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Winters George

Doctors and lawyers must go to school for years and years, often with little sleep and with great sacrifice to their first wives.

Winters Shelley

Before he became a hermit, Zarathud was a young Priest, and took great delight in making fools of his opponents in front of his followers. One day Zarathud took his students to a pleasant pasture and there he confronted The Sacred Chao while She


When the English language gets in my way, I walk over it.


Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.


I am a deeply superficial person.

Wo Sir Henry

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

Wodehouse Sean O'Casey on P.G.

It looks like it's up to me to save our skins. Get into that garbage chute, flyboy!

Wolfe Nero

The superfluous is very necessary.

Wolfe Nero

Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing.

Wolfe Thomas

Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.

Wolfe Gene

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

Wolfe Nero

Look before you leap.

Wood Grant

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?

Woody Allen

In case of fire, stand in the hall and shout "Fire!"

Woody Allen

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.

Woody Allen

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.


But the greatest Electrical Pioneer of them all was Thomas Edison, who was a brilliant inventor despite the fact that he had little formal education and lived in New Jersey. Edison's first major invention in 1877, was the phonograph, which could soo

Wright Frank Lloyd

There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and open a vein.

Wright Frank Lloyd

Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers and cheating on your income tax.

Wright Frank Lloyd

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool.

Wurster Hall

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