Words of Wisdom : W

War is an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.
War is like love; it always finds a way.
War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate. (Marvin Gaye)
Was she a trial? No, more of a jury.
Washed in life's river.
Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
We always think that whatís around the corner is better than what we have.
We agree to forget what we find so hard to remember.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizons.
We all need to find something that lets our hearts sing.
We always have the opportunity to be happy Ė not by way of the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but in how we choose to react to those circumstances.
We always teach what we need to learn.
We agree to forget what we find so hard to remember.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
We all pass quietly from trying to develop our own style into trying to break our bad habits.
We Americans produce miserable ruins.
We are all, it seems, saving ourselves for the senior prom. But many of us forget that somewhere along the way, we must learn to dance.
We are all manufacturers-some make good, others make trouble and still others make excuses.
We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of our friends.
We are as gods and might as well get good at it.
We are born princes and life makes us frogs.
We are frequently honored for the wrong reasons.
We are generally better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
We are happy when we remember the foolishness of being sad.
We are not responsible for falling down, but we are responsible for getting up.
We are such stuff/as dreams are made on, and our little life/is rounded with a sleep.
We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.
We are the unwilling, led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful.
We are what we believe we are.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence is not an act, but a habit.
We attract people who take their satisfaction from achievement.
We came
  We saw
  We concurred
We can make ourselves feel better. We can give ourselves pleasure. We can obtain gratification. But happiness is something else. It finds us.
We cannot get grace from gadgets.
We can't turn back the days that have gone.
We compete with ignorance.
We didn't know it couldn't be done.
We do a limited number of things very well.
We do not choose survival as a value; it chooses us.
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
We do not wish to be better than we are, but more fully what we are.
We do not wish to do one thing a thousand percent better, we wish to do a thousand things one percent better.
We do precision guesswork.
We don't manage by managing. We manage by being here all the time.
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
We donít sell music, we sell records.
We don't want our implementations to be a mile wide and an inch deep.
We each pay a different "price for peace."
We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring.
We fall in love not with a person but with our own idea of that person. There always comes a moment when we realize that the image and the beloved are not the same.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
We find our identities not in contemplation but in action.
We grow older, but it's by no means certain that we grow up.
We had the experience, but missed the meaning. -- T.S. Eliot
We have far less to fear from external competition than from internal inefficiency, discourtesy, bad service and a lack of professionalism.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
We have no quarrel with those who sell for less-they know what their stuff is worth.
We have one and only one ambition. To be the best. What else is there?
We have only one person to blame, and that's each other.
We have the need of history in its entirety, not to fall back on, but to see if we can escape from it.
We have to follow the love 'em and leave 'em principle. We have no loyalties or friends, only interests.
We have two lives-the one we learn with and the one we live with after that.
We judge people in the really democratic ethic, we judge people by their work.
We knew that, in life, it all comes down to discipline.
We know too much and feel too little.
We live in our failures. We donít go around congratulating ourselves for our success. Itís those terrible gaffes, those terrible flops that make our hands fly to our faces, that makes us stop dead on the street and babble to drown out the memory.
We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.
We made a promise we swore we'd always remember, no retreat, no surrender.
We made it and it ate us.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
We make ourselves up as we go.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
We merely wish to be pitied and encouraged in the course we have chosen.
We must all hang together, else we shall all hang separately.
We must either find a way or make a way. (Hannibal)
We must laugh before we are happy for fear of dying without laughing at all.
We must never accept the suggestion that the ideal is unattainable just because that road is harder to follow.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
We need to find a greater dream, to create the new, not just to somehow hold on to what we have.
We never know what enough is until we've had more than enough.
We never reach our ideals, but the thought of them spurs us on to higher and better things.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
We often have the experience but miss the wisdom. Widsom comes, if at all, slowly, painfully and only after deep reflection.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because of the tone of voice in which it is expressed.
We prefer progressive improvement to postponed perfection.
We promote away from the customer.
We reject wealth less frequently than love because we know money when we see it.
We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dream life.
We run, we don't walk.
We see best what we are supposed to see.
We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will not sit down on a hot stove-lid againóbut also, she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
We shouldn't confuse what we do with who we are. We are accountable for our actions, but we are not them. To fail at a task doesn't mean you're a failure, and just because you lose doesn't make you a loser.
We started but we didn't up.
We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
We tend to blame ourselves for actions that nobody else cares about, and to forgive ourselves for what others regard as misdeeds.
We think that if we can label a thing we have understood it.
We wanderers are very cunning-we develop those feelings which are impossible to fulfill, and the love which actually should belong to a woman, we lightly scatter among small towns and mountains...
We want it said that when it mattered most, we measured up.
We want the competition to find our warm campfires-by then, we'll be over the next ridge.
We were a family Ė each had tough and durable wires of sympathy connecting him with the others that he would never feel for any other person.
We were each otherís tar baby.
We'll humble your pie.
We're all in this alone.
Weíre all just who we are.
Weíre going to drive the barbarians back to the shores and drown them in a sea of their own shit.
Weíre in the transportation business. We transport you. Ö you sit there and get consumed. And you walk out and hopefully weíve moved you somehow.
We're not only hands on, we're feet on.
We're not saying it's an easy decision, just an inevitable one.
We've been through so much together, and most of it was your fault.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
We've only got one good name.
Weak men are not in great demand.
Weak people cannot be sincere.
Weakness is provocative.
Wealth is obscene in the young; it stunts ambition.
Weapons have no conscience.
Well done is better than well said.
What a man can be, he must be.
What can be conceived can be created.
What can we do that we haven't done before? What can we try that we haven't tried before?
What enables one to exercise talent is the ability to impose oneself.
What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
What gets measured gets done.
What goes around comes around.
What good is the dawn
  That grows into the day?
  The sunset at night or living this way?
What happens to a dream deferred?
  Does it dry up
  Like a raisin in the sun?...
  Or does it explode?
What he dreams, I cannot imagine.
What he lacked in size, he made up in speed. (about screwing Tom Arnold)
What hinders you?
What is essential is invisible to the eye. One can see it with the heart.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
What is now proved was once only imagined.
What I have acquired is a feeling for art. This feeling is not absolute; it is relative. It came to me not as a blast of intuition but through the viewing of hundreds of paintings, and sorting them into a vague and fluid hierarchy.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
What lies do you tell yourself, what fictions do you invent, to survive?
What made us dream that he could comb gray hair?
What nows not what ifs.
What one loves best are the things that fade.
What one man can invent, another can discover.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
What seems to be is always better than nothing.
What sells is hope.
What we don't know, we teach each other.
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
What we wanted, we did not know; what we knew, we did not want.
What will survive of us is love.
What you accept without thought, you lose the power to change.
What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
What you do instead of your real work is your real work.
What you do speaks so loudly, there's no need to hear what you say.
What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.
What you take for granted, you cannot improve.
What you want is not necessarily what you need.
Whatever happens, happens for a reason.
Whatever happens, we still enjoy a good meal.
Whatever happens, we were the best that ever was.
Whatever he believes, he doesn't say. And whatever he says, he doesn't believe.
Whatever needs to be maintained by force is doomed.
Whatever you do for others, there has to be something you own for yourself.
Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. (Goethe)
What's best is never understood before it happens.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
What's left to desire when you have perfection?
What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?
Whatís so is so until it isn't so anymore.
Whatís stopping you?
What's time to a pig?
When a cough never goes away, you die from it.
When a deal takes too long, it goes away.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
When a man takes the road to destruction, the gods help him along.
When a man's willing and eager, the gods join in.
When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
When a situation is not working out, you confront that situation and you fix it.
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
When all else fails, tell the truth.
When altruism and business lie down together, neither one gets a good night's sleep.
When children find true love is when parents find true happiness.
When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
When elephants fight, it's the grass that takes a beating.
...when even victory is a downhill run into hardship, disappointment and a queasy sense of betrayal.
When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun.
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and intelligence cannot be applied.
When I compare the things I've lost with the things I've gained, and the things I've missed with what I might have attained, there is little room left for pride.
When I die, theyíll have to remember me.
When I look at myself, I don't see the man I wanted to be.
When I see you again, it'll be too soon.
When I teach my asshole to chew gum.
When I was at my worst, I still clung to music.
When I'm alone, at least I'm with someone I love.
When in doubt, leave it out.
When information becomes unavailable, the expert comes into his own.
When it came to taking care of my children, I allowed nothing to get in my wayónot even a closer relationship with them.
When it comes to interest in new technology, the record business finishes just ahead of the Amish
When it comes to service, everything matters.
When it's me against the world, I bet on the world.
When King Priapus reigned . . . .
When libido dovetails with denial.
When no one is looking, the pigs walk on their hind legs.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
When people have to go out and perform, the thing they say theyíre worried about is not the thing theyíre worried about. Theyíre worried about failing.
When she smiled, she sparkled.
When someone is beating you over the head with a hammer, take out a meat cleaver and cut off their hand.
When someone tells you your butt is on fire, you should take them at their word.
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
When standing, stand. When sitting, sit. But, above all, don't wobble.
When the blows start coming, they fall like rain.
When the desire is there, all of a sudden the time is there.
When the goal is innovation rather than standardization, a company needs leaders rather than managers.
When the grain of truth cannot be found, men will swallow great helpings of falsehood.
When the hurlyburly's done, when the battle's lost and won.
When the mode of music changes, the walls of the city will shake.
When the rewards of our jointly held ambition began to accrue to me, it was very hard.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
When they catch up with us, all they'll find is our warm campfires, because we'll be over the next hill.
When they look at you, they see what they want to be. When they look at me, they see what they are.
When they lose their sense of awe, people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves, they begin to depend on authority.
When traveling with a herd of elephants, don't be the first to lie down and rest.
When two men in a company always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
When we design a faster computer, it helps us create an even faster one. In science, this is called autocatalytic: Every change increases the rate of change.
When we listen, they talk.
When we pay attention, whatever we're doing, however mundane, is transformed and we begin to notice details, textures and things that we never saw before.
When we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other end too.
When we see most clearly what we should be and do, that momentary glimpse is so painful that we voluntarily blind ourselves-and this blinding is what we call reality.
When we take pleasure in justice, we have not been just, we have been vindictive.
When will tomorrow come? (Cuando IllegarŠ El MaŮana?)
When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer.
When you appeal to the highest level of thinking, you get the highest level of performance.
When you ask a wild pig to go into the woods and shit golden eggs, youíd better stand back while heís doing it.
When you become an adult and get to pick your pleasures, they should be worth picking.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
When you come to the end of your rope...tie a knot and hang on.
When you dance with a bear, you can't slow down if you get tired.
When you expect fair play you create an infectious bubble of madness around you.
When you fall in love, the circumstances don't matter. You hold on with both hands until they saw off your arms.
When you have a choice and whatever choice you make is wrong and P.S. you never had a choice to begin with.
When you have found out the prevailing passion of any man, remember never to trust him where that passion is concerned.
When you know the secrets of the magician, his illusions are only tricks.
When you lose, donít lose the lesson.
When you lose your youth, you need to become more interesting.
When you put your hand to the thing, make sure the thing works.
When you raise the bottom, the top rises.
When you reach generals, you influence armies.
When you understand, you don't have to remember.
When you win, nothing hurts.
When your opponent is drowning, throw him an anvil.
When your phone rings, remind yourself that it's your job calling.
When youíre entrusted with a tradition, youíve got to protect it.
When you're on a speeding locomotive, you can't stop to piss on jackrabbits.
When you're successful, you forget quickly and learn slowly.
Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters.
Whenever you fall, pick something up.
Where adequacy sets the standard, excellence can never be achieved.
Where all is but dream, reason and argument are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
. . . where dreams are born and time is never planned.
. . . where it goes when it's gone.
. . . where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
. . . where the customers are and where the artists need to be.
. . . where the warm armpits are.
Where there is death, there is hope.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)
Where there is no wife, there is no home.
Where there's clarity, there's no choice; and where there's choice, there's misery.
Where you have to say goodnight to a telephone.
Which is worse: living an illusion or losing it?
While both parties are prepared to forgive, neither is prepared to be forgiven.
While the races may stand side-by-side, whites stand on historyís mountain and blacks stand in historyís hollow. Until we overcome unequal history, we cannot overcome unequal opportunity. (LBJ)
While you can control a small, finite number of people, you can influence an infinite number.
While your breast of stone is occupied by a heart unwounded by the tooth of crime, I flee. Ė Mallarmeís "Angoisse"
Who can wait quietly until the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Who must do the difficult things? Those who can.
Who must do the hard things? He who can.
Who seeks and will not take when once Ďtis offered, shall never find it more.
Who steals my purse steals trash. But he that filches from me my good name/robs me of that which not enriches him/and makes me poor indeed.
Who were we, what are we, what can we be?
Whoever can see through fear will always be safe.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesnít become a monster.
Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar that wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.
Whoever wants his judgment to be believed should express it coolly and dispassionately; for all vehemence springs from the will. And so the judgment might be attributed to the will and not to knowledge, which by its nature is cold.
Why am I not happy? Because youíre the same person you used to be.
Why does the dog lick his dick? Because he can.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first call promising.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Why grow up when you can make movies?
Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?
Win them over or winnow them out.
Win today, tomorrow it may rain.
Winning is a great deodorant.
Winning is not a sometime thing; itís an all the time thing. You donít win once in a while; you donít do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Wish I didnít know now what I didnít know then.
Wishing things away is not effective.
With every wish, there comes a curse.
With knowledge, you find out what the limits of arrogance and ignorance are.
With perseverance, you can discover any truth.
With success comes litigation.
With the rich and the mighty, always a little patience.
Within us all there are wells of thoughts and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or treble our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
Without conflict of interest in the art world, there would be no interest in the art world.
Without emotion, there is no beauty.
Without struggle, there is no progress.
Women with more balls than a bowling alley.
Words mean what I say they mean. No more. No less.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (Hamlet-King Claudius)
Work hard, stick together, improve every day, and always ask the question: How badly do I want it?
Work is much more fun than fun.
Work is what I do. Itís not who I am.
Work is when you aren't in command of your own time.
Working for him was like putting out a fire on the Alaska oil pipeline. If you got too close, you'd be burned to death. If you moved too far away, you'd freeze.
Working here is like running ahead of a steamroller. You can outrun it on a given day, but if you ever sit down, you get squashed.
Working with grace, ease and precision.
Working with him was like being Dolly Partonís feet.
Working with him was like trying to have a picnic at the end of the runway.
World News Tonight: It's not world; it's not news. It's just tonight.
Worry, if not gone altogether, no longer haunts you in the middle of the night.
Worry is a form of fear and all forms of fear produce fatigue.
Worry is interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due.
Worrying about being 'right" can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.
Worrying can help you prepare.
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? That depends a good deal on where you want to get. I don't much care where. Then it doesn't matter which way you go.
Wouldnít it be much worse if life were fair and all the terrible things that happen to us happen because we really deserve them.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Writers are nightmares from which you cannot awake. Most alive when they are alone, they make living hard to do for those around them.
Writers don't choose their craft; they need to write in order to face the world.
Writing a novel is like walking through a dark room with a lantern which illuminates the things that were always there.
Writing is a profession in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
Writing is the repeated application of talent and experience in an act of continual refinement.

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