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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

W Smile

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

W. Leo Rosten on

I am just a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.

Wa Cleon Thucydides

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Wa Wanda

How should they answer?

Wade Harry V.

Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercio

Wagner Jane

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

Wagner Lichty &

The tree in which the sap is stagnant remains fruitless.

Wagner Michael J.

Go to the Scriptures... the joyful promises it contains will be a balsam to all your troubles.

Walinsky Adam

Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

Walker Stanley

I'm glad I was not born before tea.

Wallace George

Theology is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand it. The intent is not to tell the truth but to satisfy the questioner.

Wallace George

"Well, it's garish, ugly, and derelicts have used it for a toilet. The rides are dilapidated to the point of being lethal, and could easily maim or kill innocent little children." "Oh, so you don't like it?" "Don't like it? I'm CRAZY for it."

Wallach. Carole

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.


One learns to itch where one can scratch.

War Oliver

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting.

Ward A.

To use violence is to already be defeated.

Ward Artemus

A man said to the Universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the Universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Ward Jay

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

Warhol Andy

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.

Warhol Andy

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Warhol Andy

"Ubi non accusator, ibi non judex." (Where there is no police, there is no speed limit.)

Warner Jack

Better the prince of some inferior court, Than second, or less, in beatific light.

Washington Booker T.

We are governed not by armies and police but by ideas.

Washington George

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.


I am not a politician and my other habits are also good.

Watts Alan

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.

Wau Evelyn

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

Way Glaser and

A good reputation is more valuable than money.


It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."

Weaver Ken

The Least Perceptive Literary Critic The most important critic in our field of study is Lord Halifax. A most individual judge of poetry, he once invited Alexander Pope round to give a public reading of his latest poem. Pope, the leading poet of h

Webber Dean

Gone With The Wind LITE(tm)

Webster Daniel

The smallest worm will turn being trodden on.

Weil Joseph

In the begining, God created the Earth and he said, "Let there be mud." And there was mud. And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what we have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and

Weiler A.H.

"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

Weinberg Darrin

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.


Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Wellington The Duke of

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

Wellington Duke

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.

Wells Carolyn

Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.

Wells H.G.

The better part of valor is discretion.

Wells H.G.

When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white men came, an Indian said simply "Ours."

Wells H.G.

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

Wells H.G.

Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Stepanakert, capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region, rioted over much needed spelling reform in the Soviet Union.

Wells H.G.

Now, you might ask, "How do I get one of those complete home tool sets for under $4?" An excellent question. Go to one of those really cheap discount stores where they sell plastic furniture in colors visible from the planet Neptune and where they

Wells J. Wellington

The last vestiges of the old Republic have been swept away.

Wells J. Wellington

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

Wells H.G.

You can never do just one thing.

West Mae

In the highest society, as well as in the lowest, woman is merely an instrument of pleasure.

West Mae

Well, you know, no matter where you go, there you are.

West Rebecca

Hard reality has a way of cramping your style.

Whalen Philip

Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win.

Wheeler Harvey

The streets were dark with something more than night.

White E. B.

An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.

White E.B.

The Worst Prison Guards The largest number of convicts ever to escape simultaneously from a maximum security prison is 124. This record is held by Alcoente Prison, near Lisbon in Portugal. During the weeks leading up to the escape in July 1978 th

White E.B.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

White Paul

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

White T.H.

How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?

White T.H.

Would that my hand were as swift as my tongue.

White William Allen

Many of the characters are fools and they are always playing tricks on me and treating me badly.

White William Allen

Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.

White Katherine

Hark ye, Clinker, you are a most notorious offender. You stand convicted of sickness, hunger, wretchedness, and want.

Whitehead A.N.

To teach is to learn twice.

Whitehead Alfred North

Let's remind ourselves that last year's fresh idea is today's cliche.

Whitehead Alfred North

The whole earth is in jail and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak.

Whitehorn Katharine

Nothing endures but change.

Who Dr.

Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work ... I did not, when a slave, understand the deep meanings of those rude, and apparently incoherent songs. I was myself within the circle, so that I neither saw nor heard as those without might

Whorfin Lord John

I have had my television aerials removed. It's the moral equivalent of a prostate operation.

Wicker Tom

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

Wicker Tom

As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.

Wicker Tom

Luke, I'm yer father, eh. Come over to the dark side, you hoser.

Wier Bob

One picture is worth more than ten thousand words.

Wiggam Alfred E.

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

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

Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

Wilde Oscar

Something's rotten in the state of Denmark.

Wilde Oscar

I love treason but hate a traitor.

Wilde Oscar

Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?

Wilde Oscar

The lovely woman-child Kaa was mercilessly chained to the cruel post of the warrior-chief Beast, with his barbarian tribe now stacking wood at her nubile feet, when the strong clear voice of the poetic and heroic Handsomas roared, 'Flick your Bic, cr

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

A man is known by the company he organizes.

Wilde Oscar

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else.

Wilde Oscar

There are two kinds of pedestrians... the quick and the dead.

Wilde Oscar

His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god. But then, he never claimed not to be a god. Circum- stances being what they

Wilde Oscar

An actor's a guy who if you ain't talkin' about him, ain't listening.

Wilde Oscar

Whatever doesn't succeed in two months and a half in California will never succeed.

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

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

Wilde Oscar

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Wilde Oscar

There is no doubt that my lawyer is honest. For example, when he filed his income tax return last year, he declared half of his salary as 'unearned income.'

Wilde Oscar

Freedom is nothing else but the chance to do better.

Wilde Oscar

Ninety percent of everything is crap.

Wilde Oscar

"Give me enough medals, and I'll win any war."

Wilde Oscar

An efficient and a successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters.

Wilde Oscar

A drama critic is a person who surprises a playwright by informing him what he meant.

Wilde Oscar

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room with

Wilde Oscar

A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.

Wilde Oscar

When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

Wilde Oscar

The Worst Car Hire Service When David Schwartz left university in 1972, he set up Rent-a-wreck as a joke. Being a natural prankster, he acquired a fleet of beat-up shabby, wreckages waiting for the scrap heap in California. He put on a cap and lo

Wilde Oscar

I'll never get off this planet.

Wilde Oscar

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.

Wilde Oscar

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.

Wilde Oscar

A prediction is worth twenty explanations.

Wilde Oscar

Several years ago, some smart businessmen had an idea: Why not build a big store where a do-it-yourselfer could get everything he needed at reasonable prices? Then they decided, nah, the hell with that, let's build a home center. And before long ho

Wilde Oscar

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Wilde Oscar

You don't move to Edina, you achieve Edina.

Wilde Oscar

Then, gently touching my face, she hesitated for a moment as her incredible eyes poured forth into mine love, joy, pain, tragedy, acceptance, and peace. "'Bye for now," she said warmly.

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

War is like love, it always finds a way.

Wilde Oscar

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.

Wilder Billy

With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end of it. I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes.

Wilder Billy

Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.

Will George

Living in New York City gives people real incentives to want things that nobody else wants.

Will George

Why does a hearse horse snicker, hauling a lawyer away?

Willard F. Libby

It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon. Which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to.


Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

William Gibson

I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend than be one.

William S. Paley

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.

William Shakespeare

... Our second completely true news item was sent to me by Mr. H. Boyce Connell Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., where he is involved in a law firm. One thing I like about the South is, folks there care about tradition. If somebody gets handed a name like "H.

William Shakespeare

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

An old Jewish man reads about Einstein's theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him. "Well, zayda, it's sort of like this. Einstein says that if you're having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a mi

William Shakespeare

Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I Will Fight No More Forever.

Williams H.H.

I think... I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check.

Williams Robin

The pollution's at that awkward stage. Too thick to navigate and too thin to cultivate.

Williams Tennessee

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

Williams Robin

If built in great numbers, motels will be used for nothing but illegal purposes.

Williamson Ren'e de Visme

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Williamson Nicol

Ah, but a man's grasp should exceed his reach, Or what's a heaven for ?

Williamson Dr. Paul

[He] took me into his library and showed me his books, of which he had a complete set.

Willie Sutton

Remembering is for those who have forgotten.

Wills Derek

Has the great art and mystery of politics no apparent utility? Does it appear to be unqualifiedly ratty, raffish, sordid, obscene and low down, and its salient virtuosi a gang of umitigated scoundrels? Then let us not forget its high capacity to soo

Wilson Earl

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money.

Wilson Earl

TO THOSE OF YOU WHO DESIRE IT, I GRANT YOU MADRAK'S BLESSING: Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires for

Wilson Edmund

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

Wilson Woodrow

It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist of the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of h

Wilson Robert

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Win Sir

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.

Winch Marty

A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.

Winchell Walter

Praise the sea; on shore remain.


"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"

Winkle R.V.

Never trust an automatic pistol or a D.A.'s deal.


There is more to life than increasing its speed.


What excuses stand in your way? How can you eliminate them?

Winters George

I realize that the MX missile is none of our concern. I realize that the whole point of living in a democracy is that we pay professional congresspersons to concern themselves with things like the MX missile so we can be free to concern ourselves wi

Winters Shelley

I have just enough white in me to make my honesty questionable.


Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a valentine.


Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called a war.


A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

Wo Sir Henry

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

Wodehouse Sean O'Casey on P.G.

"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."

Wolfe Nero

How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?

Wolfe Nero

Reality is just a convenient measure of complexity.

Wolfe Thomas

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings.

Wolfe Gene

God help those who do not help themselves.

Wolfe Nero

Let me take you a button-hole lower.

Wood Grant

The hater of property and of government takes care to have his warranty deed recorded, and the book written against fame and learning has the author's name on the title page.

Woody Allen

The introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state, for styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. ... The new style, gradually gaining a lodgement, quitely ins

Woody Allen

To say you got a vote of confidence would be to say you needed a vote of confidence.

Woody Allen

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.


Maybe ain't ain't so correct, but I notice that lots of folks who ain't using ain't ain't eatin' well.

Wright Frank Lloyd

General notions are generally wrong.

Wright Frank Lloyd

There but for the grace of God, goes God.

Wright Frank Lloyd

Feminists say 60 percent of the country's wealth is in the hands of women. They're letting men hold the other 40 percent because their handbags are full.

Wurster Hall

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