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

W Smile

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

W. Leo Rosten on

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Wa Cleon Thucydides

'Naomi, sex at noon taxes.' I moan. Never odd or even. A man, a plan, a canal, Panama. Madam, I'm Adam. Sit on a potato pan, Otis. Sit on Otis.

Wa Wanda

The ultimate game show will be the one where somebody gets killed at the end.

Wade Harry V.

Everyone is in the best seat.

Wagner Jane

A witty saying proves nothing.

Wagner Lichty &

A game can by God repent or we'll punish it. That's how they did it in Salem in the seventeenth century, and that's how we'll do it now.

Wagner Michael J.

The man-hating woman, like the cold woman, is largely imaginary. She is simply a woman who has done her best to snare a man and has failed.

Walinsky Adam

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

Walker Stanley

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Wallace George

The best case: Get salary from America, build a house in England, live with a Japanese wife, and eat Chinese food. Pretty good case: Get salary from England, build a house in America, live with a Chinese wife, and eat Japanese food. The wo

Wallace George

As Gen. de Gaulle occassionally acknowledges America to be the daughter of Europe, so I am pleased to come to Yale, the daughter of Harvard.

Wallach. Carole

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.


Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts.

War Oliver

Rascal, am I? Take THAT!

Ward A.

I am a deeply superficial person.

Ward Artemus

Just as most issues are seldom black or white, so are most good solutions seldom black or white. Beware of the solution that requires one side to be totally the loser and the other side to be totally the winner. The reason there are two sides to be

Ward Jay

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.

Warhol Andy

We know all about the habits of the ant, we know all about the habits of the bee, but we know nothing at all about the habits of the oyster. It seems almost certain that we have been choosing the wrong time for studying the oyster.

Warhol Andy

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.

Warhol Andy

According to my best recollection, I don't remember.

Warner Jack

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.

Washington Booker T.

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Washington George

Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know that he is.


What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.

Watts Alan

"It don't matter, Sail, ... Could be worse. The fam'ly might be donatin' the proceeds to the Cath'lic Church, or the Mormons or somethin'. One cult's the same another."

Wau Evelyn

When I first arrived in this country I had only fifteen cents in my pocket and a willingness to compromise.

Way Glaser and

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.


There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Weaver Ken

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Webber Dean

If two people love each other, there can be no happy end to it.

Webster Daniel

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.

Weil Joseph

Indeed, the first noble truth of Buddhism, usually translated as `all life is suffering,' is more accurately rendered `life is filled with a sense of pervasive unsatisfactoriness.'

Weiler A.H.

No evil can happen to a good man.

Weinberg Darrin

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


A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space.

Wellington The Duke of

It has long been noticed that juries are pitiless for robbery and full of indulgence for infanticide. A question of interest, my dear Sir! The jury is afraid of being robbed and has passed the age when it could be a victim of infanticide.

Wellington Duke

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

Wells Carolyn

The smallest worm will turn being trodden on.

Wells H.G.

The distinction between Freedom and Liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have been unable to find a living specimen of either.

Wells H.G.

I have a very strange feeling about this...

Wells H.G.

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Wells H.G.

During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment of Christianity has been upon trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity,; in both, superstition, bigo

Wells H.G.

I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't seem to work.

Wells J. Wellington

Being a miner, as soon as you're too old and tired and sick and stupid to do your job properly, you have to go, where the very opposite applies with the judges.

Wells J. Wellington

Men freely believe that what they wish to desire.

Wells H.G.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

West Mae

In every hierarchy the cream rises until it sours.

West Mae

This was the most unkindest cut of all.

West Rebecca

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Whalen Philip

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.

Wheeler Harvey

Believe everything you hear about the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.

White E. B.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind- bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument follows:

White E.B.

I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.

White E.B.

I just asked myself... what would John DeLorean do?

White Paul

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.

White T.H.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm in my right mind. Then it passes off and I'm as intelligent as ever.

White T.H.

Were there no women, men might live like gods.

White William Allen

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

White William Allen

Getting into trouble is easy.

White Katherine

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.

Whitehead A.N.

It has long been noticed that juries are pitiless for robbery and full of indulgence for infanticide. A question of interest, my dear Sir! The jury is afraid of being robbed and has passed the age when it could be a victim of infanticide.

Whitehead Alfred North

I am America's child, a spastic slogging on demented limbs drooling I'll trade my PhD for a telephone voice.

Whitehead Alfred North

The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?"

Whitehorn Katharine

The only alliance I would make with the Women's Liberation Movement is in bed.

Who Dr.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.

Whorfin Lord John

Better tried by twelve than carried by six.

Wicker Tom

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Wicker Tom

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

Wicker Tom

Harp not on that string.

Wier Bob

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

Wiggam Alfred E.

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Wilde Oscar

Three o'clock in the afternoon is always just a little too late or a little too early for anything you want to do.

Wilde Oscar

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.

Wilde Oscar

Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics.

Wilde Oscar

Let me take you a button-hole lower.

Wilde Oscar

You roll my log, and I will roll yours.

Wilde Oscar

Thou hast seen nothing yet.

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

Wilde Oscar

If one inquires why the American tradition is so strong against any connection of State and Church, why it dreads even the rudiments of religious teaching in state-maintained schools, the immediate and superficial answer is not far to seek. ... The

Wilde Oscar

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold.

Wilde Oscar

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

Wilde Oscar

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs.

Wilde Oscar

Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse.

Wilde Oscar

It's no surprise that things are so screwed up: everyone that knows how to run a government is either driving taxicabs or cutting hair.

Wilde Oscar

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.

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

"And Bezel saideth unto Sham: `Sham,' he saideth, `Thou shalt goest unto the town of Begorrah, and there thou shalt fetcheth unto thine bosom 35 talents, and also shalt thou fetcheth a like number of cubits, provideth that they are nice and fresh.'"

Wilde Oscar

"There is a God, but He drinks"

Wilde Oscar

Burnt Sienna. That's the best thing that ever happened to Crayolas.

Wilde Oscar

The public is an old woman. Let her maunder and mumble.

Wilde Oscar

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.

Wilde Oscar

We're all in this alone.

Wilde Oscar

There is a limit to the admiration we may hold for a man who spends his waking hours poking the contents of chickens with a stick.

Wilde Oscar

If I had done everything I'm credited with, I'd be speaking to you from a laboratory jar at Harvard.

Wilde Oscar

Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long.

Wilde Oscar

Interesting poll results reported in today's New York Post: people on the street in midtown Manhattan were asked whether they approved of the US invasion of Grenada. Fifty-three percent said yes; 39 percent said no; and 8 percent said "Gimme a quart

Wilde Oscar

A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.

Wilde Oscar

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stay there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never

Wilde Oscar

When the blind lead the blind they will both fall over the cliff.

Wilde Oscar

There's small choice in rotten apples.

Wilde Oscar

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

Wilde Oscar

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

Wilde Oscar

There is an old time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Wilde Oscar

Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair, hot wench in flame-colored taffeta, I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to

Wilde Oscar

"There is no Father Christmas. It's just a marketing ploy to make low income parents' lives a misery." "... I want you to picture the trusting face of a child, streaked with tears because of what you just said." "I want you to picture the face of

Wilde Oscar

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Wilde Oscar

Some men are heterosexual, and some are bisexual, and some men don't think about sex at all... they become lawyers.

Wilder Billy

A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on its way out.

Wilder Billy

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

Will George

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

Will George

"I don't mind going nowhere as long as it's an interesting path."

Willard F. Libby

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.


Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.

William Gibson

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

William S. Paley

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom.

William Shakespeare

God instructs the heart, not by ideas, but by pains and contradictions.

William Shakespeare

Darth Vader! Only you would be so bold!

William Shakespeare

What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness. Not contentedness but more power; not peace but war; not virtue but fitness. The weak and the

William Shakespeare

Nothing succeeds like excess.

William Shakespeare

Fortune's Guide to Freshman Notetaking: WHEN THE PROFESSOR SAYS: YOU WRITE: Probably the greatest quality of the poetry John Milton

Williams H.H.

"I'm dying," he croaked. "My experiment was a success," the chemist retorted . "You can't really train a beagle," he dogmatized. "That's no beagle, it's a mongrel," she muttered. "The fire is going out," he bellowed. "Bad marksmanship," the h

Williams Robin

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

Williams Tennessee

If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.

Williams Robin

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

Williamson Ren'e de Visme

Maternity pay? Now every Tom, Dick and Harry will get pregnant.

Williamson Nicol

Every person, all the events in your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Williamson Dr. Paul

It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Willie Sutton

There are many of us in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed, for example, that we all get about the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summer and the poor get it in the winter.

Wills Derek

Men's skin is different from women's skin. It is usually bigger, and it has more snakes tattooed on it. Also, if you examine a woman's skin very closely, inch by inch, starting at her shapely ankles, then gently tracing the slender curve of her cal

Wilson Earl

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

Wilson Earl

The farther you go, the less you know.

Wilson Edmund

Not all who own a harp are harpers.

Wilson Woodrow

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!

Wilson Robert

Ignorance is the Mother of Devotion.

Win Sir

I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.

Winch Marty

Sherry [Thomas Sheridan] is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, sir, is not in Nature.

Winchell Walter

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.


The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Winkle R.V.

Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.


I can't understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.


Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.

Winters George

One man's Mede is another man's Persian.

Winters Shelley

"What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?"


I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.


A yawn is a silent shout.


The price of success in philosophy is triviality.

Wo Sir Henry

Thompson, if he is to be believed, has sampled the entire rainbow of legal and illegal drugs in heroic efforts to feel better than he does. As for the truth about his health: I have asked around about it. I am told that he appears to be strong and

Wodehouse Sean O'Casey on P.G.

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

Wolfe Nero

There is a secret person undamaged within every individual.

Wolfe Nero

With her body, woman is more sincere than man; but with her mind she lies. And when she lies, she does not believe herself.

Wolfe Thomas

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.

Wolfe Gene

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

Wolfe Nero

He has not acquired a fortune; the fortune has acquired him.

Wood Grant

Every young man should have a hobby: learning how to handle money is the best one.

Woody Allen

The fact that it works is immaterial.

Woody Allen

What we do not understand we do not possess.

Woody Allen

We're fantastically incredibly sorry for all these extremely unreasonable things we did. I can only plead that my simple, barely-sentient friend and myself are underprivileged, deprived and also college students.


When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Wright Frank Lloyd

"It's a summons." "What's a summons?" "It means summon's in trouble."

Wright Frank Lloyd

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Wright Frank Lloyd

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

Wurster Hall

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