Search
Author A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Topic    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Famous Speeches           All Topics Fill-In Quotations

I don't have a drink problem except when I can't get one.
Tom Waits

I got my start by giving myself a start.
C. J. Walker

There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
C. J. Walker

Every man dies, not every man really lives.
William Wallace

I have brought you to the ring, now dance the best you can!
William Wallace

And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part, the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear, Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
Edmund Waller

Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
Edmund Waller

How small a part of time they share, That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
Edmund Waller

Sir, we poets never succeed so well in writing truth as in fiction.
Edmund Waller

We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
Paul Walsh

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
Izaak Walton

Our philosophy is that management's role is simply to get the right people in the right places to do a job, and to encourage them to use their own inventiveness to accomplish the task at hand.
Sam Walton

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Sam Walton

We learned from everybody else's book and added a few pages of our own.
Sam Walton

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
An Wang

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
William Arthur Ward

Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
Andy Warhol

Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
Charles Dudley Warner

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.
Elizabeth Warren

I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington

No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing.
Booker T. Washington

I am just going. Have me decently buried; and don't let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand?
Possible last words.
George Washington

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
Possible last words.
George Washington

'Tis well, 'Tis well.
Possible last words.
George Washington

An environment which calls for perfection is not likely to be easy. But aiming for it is always good for progress.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

I want to begin with what I think is the most important factor: our respect for the individual. This is a simple concept, but in IBM it occupies a major portion of management time.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Look, you can take anything away from IBM ... but leave our people and this business will re-create itself overnight.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

There aren't any categories of problems here. There's just one problem. Some of us aren't paying enough attention to our customers.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Evelyn Waugh

Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
Evelyn Waugh

News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
Evelyn Waugh

Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
David Wayne

Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
Sigourney Weaver

However many people complain about the red tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
Max Weber

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Simone Weil

If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.
Gerald Weinberg

I can't say with certitude.
Anthony Weiner

Walter Weinschel - See Walter Winchell.

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

The only ideas that count are A ideas. There is no second place. That means we have to get everybody in the organization involved. If you do that right, the best ideas will rise to the top.
Jack Welch

The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
Jack Welch

When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
Jack Welch

There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Fay Weldon

My rule is always to do the business of the day in the day.
Arthur Wellesley

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells

Go away. I'm all right.
H. G. Wells

If we don't end war, war will end us.
H. G. Wells

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
H. G. Wells

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley

George Bush doesn't care about black people.
Kanye West

I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
Kanye West

Come up and see me sometime.
Mae West

Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.
Mae West

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Mae West

Sex is emotion in motion.
Mae West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Mae West

When I'm bad I'm even better.
Mae West

Mary Westmacott - See Agatha Christie.

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
William Westmoreland

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
William Westmoreland

An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
Edith Wharton

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Edith Wharton

Ella Wheeler - See Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Don't ask if - ask which.
Elmer Wheeler

Don't sell the steak; sell the sizzle. It is the sizzle that sells the steak and not the cow, although the cow is, of course, mighty important.
Elmer Wheeler

Don't think so much about what you want to say as about what the prospect wants to hear - then the response you will get will more often be the one you are aiming for.
Elmer Wheeler

Don't write - telegraph!
Elmer Wheeler

Say it with flowers.
Elmer Wheeler

Watch your bark!
Elmer Wheeler

I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
James Whistler

Leave me alone. I'm fine.
Barry White

If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet.
Theodore H. White

William Hale White - See Mark Rutherford.

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Alfred North Whitehead

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
William Whitelaw

Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
Meg Whitman

Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman

I give you my love
More precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other
As long as we live?

Walt Whitman

As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
John Greenleaf Whittier

A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
Elie Wiesel

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
Elie Wiesel

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
Oscar Wilde

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Oscar Wilde

Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Oscar Wilde

Be careful to choose your enemies well. Friends don't much matter. But the choice of enemies is very important.
Oscar Wilde

Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.
Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in heaven.
Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
Oscar Wilde

England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.
Oscar Wilde

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
Oscar Wilde

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

I can believe in anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
Oscar Wilde

I don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Oscar Wilde

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
Oscar Wilde

If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.
Oscar Wilde

In the old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
Oscar Wilde

It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Oscar Wilde

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless.
Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.
Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to?
Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America.

Oscar Wilde

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.
Oscar Wilde

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover, when it is too late, that the only thing one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Oscar Wilde

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
Oscar Wilde

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Oscar Wilde

Those whom the Gods hate die old.
Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
Oscar Wilde

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us find ourselves looking up at the stars.
Oscar Wilde

When I ask for a watercress sandwich, I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
Oscar Wilde

When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know that it is.
Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

Where will it all end? Half the world does not believe in God, and the other half does not believe in me.
Oscar Wilde

Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and are not.
Oscar Wilde

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Billy Wilder

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
Robert Wilensky

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Bernard Williams

Carpe per diem.
Seize the check.
Robin Williams

It is a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.
Tennessee Williams

Balding is God's way of showing you are only human ... he takes the hair off your head and sticks it in your ears.
Bruce Willis

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Harold Wilson

You lie!
Joe Wilson

Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.
Kemmons Wilson

Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Kemmons Wilson

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

I am ready.
Woodrow Wilson

I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
Woodrow Wilson

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
Woodrow Wilson

My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
Woodrow Wilson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
Woodrow Wilson

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

I know - I'm just a son of a bitch.
Walter Winchell

I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.
Walter Winchell

Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
Walter Winchell

Nothing recedes like success.
Walter Winchell

I believe in my own possibilities, and I feel I can do it all.
Oprah Winfrey

I was like a hit album waiting to be released. I knew my day would come.
Oprah Winfrey

If money is your motivation, forget it.
Oprah Winfrey

The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.
Oprah Winfrey

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Oprah Winfrey

Lilbush Wingfield - See Honor Tracy.

Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
P. G. Wodehouse

Karol Jozef Wojtyla - See John Paul II.

You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.
Humbert Wolfe

By age forty you were either making a million a year or you were timid and incompetent.
Tom Wolfe

Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
Kenneth Wolstenholme

I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer.
Barbara Woodhouse

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.
Tiger Woods

I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior. I have let you down. I have let down my fans.
Tiger Woods

Fundamentalists never wonder why, if herpes is sent by god to scourge adulterers, whooping cough and measles weren't purposely created to lambaste children.
Fred Woodworth

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
Fred Woodworth

I have no prefix or adjective for my anarchism. I think syndicalism can work, as can free-market anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-communism, even anarcho-hermits, depending on the situation. But I do have a strong individualist streak. Just plain anarchism-against government and authority-is what I'm for.
Fred Woodworth

If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.
Fred Woodworth

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.
Fred Woodworth

The very god who, according to those who believe in him, made every last electron spin in its orbit everywhere throughout the universe, still cannot write a clear, unmistakable volume of instructions to human beings who are supposed to follow his wisdom.
Fred Woodworth

I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices.
Virginia Woolf

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
Virginia Woolf

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
Virginia Woolf

Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.
Virginia Woolf

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Alexander Woollcott

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
William Wordsworth

The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.
William Wordsworth

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Henry Wotton

Woz - See Steve Wozniak.

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
Steve Wozniak

Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his last No.
William Wrigley

When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
William Wrigley

From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Walter Wriston

Jugment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
Walter Wriston

They have this wonderful process of learning from direct experience called After Action Review, in which everyone who was involved sits down and the three questions are: What happened? Why do you think it happened? And what can we learn from it? If you were ... able to get those three questions as part of your process, you could become a learning organization.
Walter Wriston

When you retire ... you go from who's who to who's that, like stepping off the pier (or) achieving statutory senility.
Walter Wriston

Sun Wu - See Sun Tzu.

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman giving all your love to just one man.
Tammy Wynette

Stand by your man. Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to.
Tammy Wynette