"All my life I've wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific." - Jane Wagner
"Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it" - Jane Wagner
"A sobering thought: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?" - Jane Wagner
"Democracy can be sustained and developed only by people who understand its essence." - Abdurrahman Wahid (the new president of Indonesia)
"Champagne to my real my friends, and real pain to my sham friends." - Tom Waits
"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." - Dr. Denis Waitley
"The Pope is in Africa 'reaffirming the ban on condom use.' His old stuff was funnier. I don't get this new material. Too edgy for my taste." - Christopher Walken, http://twitter.com/cwalken
"He told me he likes men as well as he likes women, which seems only natural, he says, since he is the offspring of two sexes as well as two races. No one is surprised he is biracial; why should they be surprised he is bisexual? This is an explanation I have never heard and cannot entirely grasp; it seems too logical for my brain." - Alice Walker
"I am the woman
with the healing eye
the ear that hears.
I am the woman...
Listening to you." - Alice Walker
"I offer a sound
without a promise
of what it means." - Alice Walker
"I would give
to the human race
only hope" - Alice Walker
"People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools." - Alice Walker
"People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually, that people progress, but actually only some people progress. The rest of the people don't." - Alice Walker
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." - Alice Walker
"Faith in God necessarily implies a lack of faith in humanity." - Barbara G. Walker
"I think the main reason so many diet books are packed with information about food, special recipes, and the like is that it's a useful way to pad out the essential message of a diet book, 'eat less food,' into something thick enough to be visible on the shelf." - John Walker, The Hacker's Diet
"If you are here to help me you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up in mine then let us begin." - Lily Walker
"Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining?" - George Wallace
"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting." - Karl Wallenda
"Life is never easy for those who dream." - Robert James Waller
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." - Horace Walpole
"Pain results from a judgement you have made about a thing. Remove the judgement and the pain disappears." - Neale Donald Walsch
"I can't complain, but sometimes I still do." - Joe Walsh
"It ain't so much the things you don't know that get you in trouble. It's the things you know that just ain't so." - Artimus Ward
"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you." - William Arthur Ward
"Whatever gets your goat gets your attention. Whatever gets your attention gets your time. Whatever gets your time gets you. Whatever gets you becomes your master. Take care, lest a little thing horn in and get your goat" - William Arthur Ward
"To make mistakes is human; to stumble is common place; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity." - William Arthur Ward
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol
"I'm a city boy. In the big cities they've set it up so you can go to a park and be in a miniature countryside, but in the countryside they don't have any patches of big city, so I get very homesick." - Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
"Years ago, fairy tales all began with Once upon a time... now we know they all begin with, If I am elected." - Carolyn Warner
"Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism." - Earl Warren
"The Post is open to conviction. We are not bigoted or intolerant. If anyone will show us how a century can be completed with less than 100 years, and how nineteen centuries can be completed with less than 1900 years, and how the twentieth century can begin before the nineteenth century ends, we shall joyfully put ashes in our hair and hail him as a wizard." - Washington Post, 28 December 1899
"The highest test of the civilization of a race is its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate." - Booker T. Washington
"I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him." - Booker T. Washington
"No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." - Booker T. Washington
"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." - George Washington
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go." - Martha Washington
"I hate to think that all my current experiences will someday become stories with no point." - Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes
"If ignorance is bliss, this lesson would appear to be a deliberate attempt on your part to deprive me of happiness, the pursuit of which is my unalienable right according to the Declaration of Independence. I therefore assert my patriotic priveledge not to know this material.
I'll be out in the playground" - Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes
"Calvin: I've been thinking.
Hobbes: On a weekend?
Calvin: Well, it wasn't on purpose."
- Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes
"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." - Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - John Watson
"Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say." - William Watt
"I'm not dumb, I just have a command of thoroughly useless information." - Bill Watterson
"No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing it and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them." - Alan Watts
"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing wrong is to get caught." - J.C. Watts
"A friend of mine told me to shoot first and ask questions later. I was going to ask him why, but I had to shoot him." - John Wayne
"Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries." - Wayne's World
"For all the times I never said the things I should have, I thank you for all the times you understood." - Flavia Weedn
"I think that on balance the moral influence of religion has been awful. With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil, that takes religion." - Prof. Steven Weinberg
"I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified." - Anita Weiss
"When thoughts come, you can invite them in but don't serve them tea." - Mel Weitsman
"If you are confused ask somebody. New Yorkers are very helpful. However, the first person you ask will give you the wrong answer. So ask loudly enough that others will overhear and make corrections. New Yorkers love to correct each other." - George Weller (stolen from Andi's Quotes)
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." - Orson Welles
"Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with." - Bob Wells
"We should learn and live, but by the time we have learned, it's too late to live." - Carolyn Wells
"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future." - H.G. Wells
"If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings." - Welsh Proverb
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
"There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out." - Mae West
"People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute." - Rebecca West
"The only man who can change his mind is the man who's got one." - Edward Noyes Westcott
"Unrequited love is like hitting your head against a wall that isn't there." - Shannon Wheeler
"When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - When Harry Met Sally
"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies." - E.B. White
"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one." - E.B. White
"We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny. The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witchhunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist." - E.B. White
"If a camel flies, no one laughs if it doesn't get very far." - Paul White
"It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one" - Phil White
"Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself, but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you." - Stewart E. White
"To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform." - Theodore H. White
"Live for today. Multitudes of people have failed to live for today... What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them." - William Allen White
"Maybe we become New Yorkers the day we realize that New York will go on without us." - Colson Whitehead, New York Times Magazine
"The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any." - Katherin Whitehorn
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive." - Harold Whitman
"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends." - Walt Whitman
"ONE hour to madness and joy! O furious! O confine me not!
(What is this that frees me so in storms?
What do my shouts amid lightnings and raging winds mean?)
O to drink the mystic deliria deeper than any other man!
O savage and tender achings! (I bequeath them to you, my children,
I tell them to you, for reasons, O bridegroom and bride.)
O to be yielded to you, whoever you are, and you to be yielded to me,
in defiance of the world!
O to return to Paradise! O bashful and feminine
O to draw you to me--to plant on you for the first time the lips of a
O the puzzle--the thrice-tied knot--the deep and dark pool! O all
untied and illumin'd!
O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last!
O to be absolv'd from previous ties and conventions--I from mine, and
you from yours!
O to find a new unthought-of nonchalance with the best of nature!
O to have the gag remov'd from one's mouth!
O to have the feeling, to-day or any day, I am sufficient as I am!
O something unprov'd! something in a trance!
O madness amorous! O trembling!
O to escape utterly from others' anchors and holds!
To drive free! to love free! to dash reckless and dangerous!
To court destruction with taunts--with invitations!
To ascend--to leap to the heavens of the love indicated to me!
To rise thither with my inebriate Soul! To be lost, if it must be so!
To feed the remainder of life with one hour of fulness and freedom!
With one brief hour of madness and joy." - Walt Whitman
"You don't really conquer such a mountain. You conquer yourself. You overcome the sickness and everything else - your pain, aches, fears - to reach the summit." - James Whittaker
"Wouldn't one or two anal probes tell aliens everything they need to know about that particular facet of human physiology? Maybe their ships run on methane and they're just re-fueling." - Kevin Wickart
"Once, in the Orient, I talked of suicide with a sage whose clear and gentle eyes seemed forever to be gazing at a never-ending sunset. 'Dying is no solution,' he affirmed. 'And living?' I asked. 'Not living either,' he conceded. 'But, who tells you there is a solution?'" - Elie Wiesel
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." - Elie Wiesel
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Elie Wiesel
"Intelligence is the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence." - Albert Edward Wiggam
"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating." - Oscar Wilde
"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." - Oscar Wilde
"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - Oscar Wilde
"Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." - Oscar Wilde
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance." - Oscar Wilde
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotations." - Oscar Wilde
"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays." - Oscar Wilde
"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution." - Oscar Wilde
"A true friend stabs you in the front." - Oscar Wilde
"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." - Don Wilder
"We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the internet, we know this is not true." - Robert Wilensky
"Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings." - George Will
"We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness." - Bern Williams
"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." - Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
"Don't look forward to the day when you stop suffering. Because when it comes, you'll know you're dead." - Tennessee Williams
"Consider the sincerity of incompetence" - Eric Miles Williamson
"Life is a self-paced suicide" - Eric Miles Williamson
"The only thing that gets us through the waking hours is the sleeping hours." - Eric Miles Williamson
"We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present." - Marianne Williamson
"Pile up too many tomorrows and you'll find that you've collected nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays." - Meredith Willson, The Music Man
"Ridding oneself of this feeling that the universe has a personal grudge against one is the first and most difficult task in growing to adulthood." - Colin Wilson
"As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, 'Relax... you are not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients'. But another kept reminding me, 'Howard, you are a veterinarian'." - Dick Wilson
"Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death." - Earl Wilson
"He is such an honest man, you could shoot craps with him over the phone." - Earl Wilson
"Violence is a tool of the ignorant." - Flip Wilson
"I'm an optimist, but I'm an optimist that carries a raincoat." - Harold Wilson
"I gotta be me... everybody else turned down the job." - Tom Wilson, Ziggy
"Whenever I ask, 'Why me?'... a voice always says, 'So who else did you have in mind?'" - Tom Wilson, Ziggy
"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." - Woodrow Wilson
"There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put into one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect." - Woodrow Wilson
"Not so long ago in a purple haze people dreamed out loud, they were not afraid." - Wilson Phillips
"I've heard snappier comebacks from a bowl of Rice Krispies." - Charles Emerson Winchester III
"Happiness is a talent like any other. It's another art form. Some people are good at it, some people aren't." - Terri Windling, The Wood Wife
"Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful." - Kathleen Winsor
"If you've got nothing interesting to say, learn something that is." - Glen Winterbourne
"Never read a book through merely because you have begun it." - John Witherspoon
"Cultivate more joy by arranging your life so that more joy will be likely." - George Witkin
"Hearts will never be made practical until they can be made unbreakable" - The Wizard of Oz
"Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl accidentally kills the first woman she meets, then teams up with three complete strangers to kill the woman's sister for personal gain." -TV listing for The Wizard of Oz
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