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  Wages (5)
Too many companies, especially large ones, are driven more and more narrowly by the need to ensure that investors get good quarterly returns and to justify executives' high salaries. Too often, this means that they view most employees as costs.
Hillary Clinton

Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Barber Conable

Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
David Ricardo

We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
Alfred Robens

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

  Weak (4)
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
Stephen R. Covey

Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
Max Eastman

Never apologize, mister. It's a sign of weakness.
Frank Nugent

Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Carl Shapiro

  Wealth (9)
When money talks, few are deaf.
Earl Derr Biggers

Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie

A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Henry Ford

There are only two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money away from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.
Henry Ford

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

The real haves are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real have nots are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.
Eric Hoffer

Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.
Clint Murchison

He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
William Shakespeare

  Weight (1)
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments add lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Philip Stanhope

  Whisper (3)
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!

William Lever

I can't stand whispering. Every time a doctor whispers in the hospital, next day there's a funeral.
Neil Simon

  Wild (2)
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

  Will (1)
Faith is not a conclusion from premisses, but the result of an act of the will, following on the conviction that to believe is a duty.
John Henry Newman

  Winning (19)
For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36, King James Version
Holy Bible

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Muhammad Ali

I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
Muhammad Ali

Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
Kenneth Blanchard

Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
G. K. Chesterton

Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Galeazzo Ciano

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Pierre de Coubertin

We're fast approaching the point at which there is really no distinction between the .com companies and traditional businesses. The only distinction will be between the winners and losers, and of course, the pace of change at which companies become winners or losers.
Michael Dell

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

Nice guys. Finish last.
Leo Durocher

You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
Larry Ellison

To win against opponents, companies need strategies for three related tasks: outwitting, outmaneuvering, and outperforming competitors.
Liam Fahey

It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
George Marshall

We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Joe Paterno

Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
Tom Peters

Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Version A.
Henry Russell Sanders

Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Version B.
Henry Russell Sanders

  Wit (2)
There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Dick Cavanagh

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden

  Woman (27)
Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold - very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.
Jill Barad

After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down.
Barbara Cartland

When a woman isn't beautiful, people always say, You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.
Anton Chekhov

But what is woman? - only one of Nature's agreeable blunders.
Hannah Cowley

If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
Bertrand Dawson

A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.
Florence P. Dwyer

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Elizabeth I

If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Katharine Graham

If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Mary Harney

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
Oliver Herford

A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
E. W. Howe

A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her career... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Christopher Marlowe

When a woman is wearing shorts her charms are enlarged without being enhanced.
Beverley Nichols

By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Nancy Reagan

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Pat Schroeder

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

A woman either loves or hates; there is no third.
Publilius Syrus

A woman, when she thinks alone, thinks badly.
Publilius Syrus

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say. You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.
Margaret Thatcher

  Women (26)
Marriage is the price men pay for sex; sex is the price women pay for marriage.
Anonymous

Women's faults are many
Men have only two:
Everything they say
And everything they do.

Anonymous

Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.
Hillary Clinton

Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Barber Conable

Running after women never hurt anybody - it's catching 'em that does the damage.
Jack Davies

I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Eugene V. Debs

Anytime you have a fiercely-competitive, change-oriented growth business where results count and merit matters, women will rise to the top.
Carly Fiorina

Business shouldn't be like sports, separating the men from the women.
Carly Fiorina

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

Young women with ambitions should be very crafty and cautious, lest mayhap they be caught in the soft, silken mesh of a happy marriage, and go down to oblivion, dead to the world.
Elbert Hubbard

Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Edith Johnson

Well-ventilated, well-lighted, and sanitarily kept workrooms, rest-rooms and other creature comforts provided in factories, stores, and office buildings are largely the results of women's presence in industry.
Edith Johnson

Women's presence ... has done more, I believe, than labor's strikes and struggles to shorten the working day, and improve the conditions under which work is performed.
Edith Johnson

When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.
Elizabeth Janeway

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

Women are naturally good motivators, good at juggling different projects and issues at the same time, and more cooperative rather than aggressive and confrontational.
Bridget A. Macaskill

Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
Faith Popcorn

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
Helena Rubinstein

Women are the real architects of society.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

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

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

  Work (39)
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson

Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
Scott Adams

A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his work when he does feel like it.
James Agate

A celebrity is one who works hard all his life to become well-known and then goes through back streets wearing dark glasses so he won't be recognized.
Fred Allen

You don't have to be mad to work here - but it helps.
Anonymous

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
Robert Benchley

The rough broad difference between the American and the European business man is that the latter is anxious to leave his work, while the former is anxious to get to it.
Arnold Bennett

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Aneurin Bevan

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
H. S. M. Burns

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Barber Conable

I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Shirley Conran

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
Brian Dyson

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.
Margot Fonteyn

All that matters is love and work.
Sigmund Freud

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.
Doug Hall

Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
Tom Horton

Life is hard, work is hard.
Liisa Joronen

Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Franz Kafka

The power of the position is giving way to the power of the person. A formal title and its placement on an organization chart have less to do with career prospects and success ... than the skills and ideas a person brings to that work.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
Ian MacGregor

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
Dwight Morrow

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
Laurence J. Peter

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
Helena Rubinstein

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid, the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Bertrand Russell

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
E. F. Schumacher

Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results.
Caskie Stinnett

Whether it's choosing a career or deciding what charity to get involved with, the choice should come from your heart. Ultimately, you are the one who has to get up every morning and enjoy what you are doing, so make sure it matters to you.
Dave Thomas

The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Voltaire

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

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

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

  World (7)
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Barber Conable

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Thomas Huxley

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali

  Worry (2)
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Isak Dinesen

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Harry S. Truman

  Wrong (3)
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

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