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The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is a constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read.

W Smile

The farther you go, the less you know.

W. Leo Rosten on

Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille.

Wa Cleon Thucydides

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Wa Wanda

A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation.

Wade Harry V.

Death is life's way of telling you you've been fired.

Wagner Jane

Anything is possible on paper.

Wagner Lichty &


Wagner Michael J.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.

Walinsky Adam

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have.

Walker Stanley

Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Notwithstanding cold and hounds and traps, his race survives

Wallace George

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

Wallace George

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

Wallach. Carole

I need another lawyer like I need another hole in my head.


The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack."

War Oliver

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Ward A.

The cable TV sex channels don't expand our horizons, don't make us better people, and don't come in clearly enough.

Ward Artemus

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Ward Jay

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

Warhol Andy

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

Warhol Andy

It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.

Warhol Andy

If there were a school for, say, sheet metal workers, that after three years left its graduates as unprepared for their careers as does law school, it would be closed down in a minute, and no doubt by lawyers.

Warner Jack

"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."

Washington Booker T.

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

Washington George

Let your conscience be your guide.


"I gained nothing at all from Supreme Enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called Supreme Enlightenment."

Watts Alan

Neckties strangle clear thinking.

Wau Evelyn

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

Way Glaser and

Let sleeping dogs lie.


The more the merrier.

Weaver Ken

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.

Webber Dean

The means-and-ends moralists, or non-doers, always end up on their ends without any means.

Webster Daniel

... but as records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witch

Weil Joseph

The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.

Weiler A.H.

Woman is generally so bad that the difference between a good and a bad woman scarcely exists.

Weinberg Darrin

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.


Just remember, wherever you go, there you are.

Wellington The Duke of

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Wellington Duke

We have reason to be afraid. This is a terrible place.

Wells Carolyn

Never take a resume seriously. Resumes only make money for the people who write the resumes. No resume ever tells an employer how many times a job applicant has had the clap. Why, indeed, would anyone hire a person based on a resume written by a

Wells H.G.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.

Wells H.G.

History is nothing but a collection of fables and useless trifles, cluttered up with a mass of unnecessary figures and proper names.

Wells H.G.

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.

Wells H.G.

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

Wells H.G.

Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.

Wells J. Wellington

Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.

Wells J. Wellington

What soon grows old? Gratitude.

Wells H.G.

The most delightful day after the one on which you buy a cottage in the country is the one on which you resell it.

West Mae

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West Mae

The lawgiver, of all beings, most owes the law allegiance. He of all men should behave as though the law compelled him. But it is the universal weakness of mankind that what we are given to administer we presently imagine we own.

West Rebecca

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

Whalen Philip

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

Wheeler Harvey

Fill what's empty, empty what's full, scratch where it itches.

White E. B.

When you are at Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.

White E.B.

Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.

White E.B.

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

White Paul

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

White T.H.

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

White T.H.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

White William Allen

The primary cause of failure in electrical appliances is an expired warranty. Often, you can get an appliance running again simply by changing the warranty expiration date with a 15/64-inch felt-tipped marker.

White William Allen

"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *___can* you believe?!"

White Katherine

Sic transit gloria mundi. [So passes away the glory of this world.]

Whitehead A.N.

What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.

Whitehead Alfred North

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

Whitehead Alfred North

A full belly makes a dull brain.

Whitehorn Katharine

A lie is an abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in time of trouble.

Who Dr.

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

Whorfin Lord John

Home is where the hurt is.

Wicker Tom

One good turn asketh another.

Wicker Tom

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Wicker Tom

If a jury in a criminal trial stays out for more than twenty-four hours, it is certain to vote acquittal, save in those instances where it votes guilty.

Wier Bob

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

Wiggam Alfred E.

Eighteen goddess-like daughters are not equal to one son with a hump.

Wilde Oscar

That Xanthippe's husband should have become so great a philosopher is remarkable. Amid all the scolding, to be able to think! But he could not write: that was impossible. Socrates has not left us a single book.

Wilde Oscar

The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.

Wilde Oscar

The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.

Wilde Oscar

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so.

Wilde Oscar

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs.

Wilde Oscar

"Hi, I'm Preston A. Mantis, president of Consumers Retail Law Outlet. As you can see by my suit and the fact that I have all these books of equal height on the shelves behind me, I am a trained legal attorney. Do you have a car or a job? Do you ever

Wilde Oscar

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook.

Wilde Oscar

If a jury in a criminal trial stays out for more than twenty-four hours, it is certain to vote acquittal, save in those instances where it votes guilty.

Wilde Oscar

"Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."

Wilde Oscar

Before you ask more questions, think about whether you really want to know the answers.

Wilde Oscar

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

You can fool all the people all of the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.

Wilde Oscar

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.

Wilde Oscar

"I only touch base with reality on an as-needed basis!"

Wilde Oscar

Judges, as a class, display, in the matter of arranging alimony, that reckless generosity which is found only in men who are giving away someone else's cash.

Wilde Oscar

Here's to women. Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.

Wilde Oscar

"Earth is a great, big funhouse without the fun."

Wilde Oscar

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

Wilde Oscar

In childhood a woman must be subject to her father; in youth to her husband; when her husband is dead, to her sons. A woman must never be free of subjugation.

Wilde Oscar

Know what I hate most? Rhetorical questions.

Wilde Oscar

The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.

Wilde Oscar

Naked children have never played in _o_u_r fountains, and I.M. Pei will never be happy on Route 66.

Wilde Oscar

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit. [There is no great genius without some touch of madness.]

Wilde Oscar

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Wilde Oscar

It has been said [by Anatole France], "it is not by amusing oneself that one learns," and, in reply: "it is *____only* by amusing oneself that one can learn."

Wilde Oscar

I value kindness to human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and old men

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

Like, if I'm not for me, then fer shure, like who will be? And if, y'know, if I'm not like fer anyone else, then hey, I mean, what am I? And if not now, like I dunno, maybe like when? And if not Who, then I dunno, maybe like the Rolling Stones?

Wilde Oscar

The optimum committee has no members.

Wilde Oscar

When you die, you lose a very important part of your life.

Wilde Oscar

You can observe a lot just by watching.

Wilde Oscar

It's from Casablanca. I've been waiting all my life to use that line.

Wilde Oscar

If I were a grave-digger or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.

Wilde Oscar

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Wilde Oscar

Fortune Documents the Great Legal Decisions: We think that we may take judicial notice of the fact that the term "bitch" may imply some feeling of endearment when applied to a female of the canine species but that it is seldom, if ever, so used whe

Wilder Billy

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

Wilder Billy

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.

Will George

You or I must yield up his life to Ahrimanes. I would rather it were you. I should have no hesitation in sacrificing my own life to spare yours, but we take stock next week, and it would not be fair on the company.

Will George

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

Willard F. Libby

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


A woman takes off her claim to respect along with her garments.

William Gibson

Think lucky. If you fall in a pond, check your pockets for fish.

William S. Paley

Educational television should be absolutely forbidden. It can only lead to unreasonable disappointment when your child discovers that the letters of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around with royal-blue chickens.

William Shakespeare

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

William Shakespeare

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.

William Shakespeare

May you live in uninteresting times.

William Shakespeare

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

William Shakespeare

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

Williams H.H.

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.

Williams Robin

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

Williams Tennessee


Williams Robin

One big pile is better than two little piles.

Williamson Ren'e de Visme

I don't have any use for bodyguards, but I do have a specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.

Williamson Nicol

There's no such thing as an original sin.

Williamson Dr. Paul

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

Willie Sutton

There is no proverb that is not true.

Wills Derek

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Wilson Earl

The first requisite for immortality is death.

Wilson Earl

Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to have a woman President? "I can't deal with the Russians today. Not now. I've got my period."

Wilson Edmund

The chief cause of problems is solutions.

Wilson Woodrow

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

Wilson Robert

Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.

Win Sir

He thought of Musashi, the Sword Saint, standing in his garden more than three hundred years ago. "What is the 'Body of a rock'?" he was asked. In answer, Musashi summoned a pupil of his and bid him kill himself by slashing his abdomen with a knife.

Winch Marty

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Winchell Walter

Most general statements are false, including this one.


Just once I would like to persuade the audience not to wear any article of blue denim. If only they could see themselves in a pair of brown corduroys like mine instead of this awful, boring blue denim. I don't enjoy the sky or sea as much as I used

Winkle R.V.

We'll be recording at the Paradise Friday night. Live, on the Death label.


A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.


If men are not afraid to die, it is of no avail to threaten them with death. If men live in constant fear of dying, And if breaking the law means a man will be killed, Who will dare to break the law? There is always an official executioner. If

Winters George

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?

Winters Shelley

I'm glad I was not born before tea.


The Hollywood tradition I like best is called "sucking up to the stars."


Education and religion are two things not regulated by supply and demand. The less of either the people have, the less they want.


If a fool persists in his folly he shall become wise.

Wo Sir Henry

Mental power tended to corrupt, and absolute intelligence tended to corrupt absolutely, until the victim eschewed violence entirely in favor of smart solutions to stupid problems.

Wodehouse Sean O'Casey on P.G.

"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

Wolfe Nero

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.

Wolfe Nero

The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.

Wolfe Thomas

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget.

Wolfe Gene

... 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

Wolfe Nero

Somehow I reached excess without ever noticing when I was passing through satisfaction.

Wood Grant

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.

Woody Allen

Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.

Woody Allen

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't say embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and y

Woody Allen

Life is like a 10 speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.


Events are not affected, they develop.

Wright Frank Lloyd

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

Wright Frank Lloyd

If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Wright Frank Lloyd

There has been a little distress selling on the stock exchange.

Wurster Hall

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