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walking is man's best medicine
war amounts to shedding blood in the search for peace, while peace is a continuation of combat without shedding blood
war is all about the massacre of men who don't know each other, for the benefit of men who know each other but will not massacre each other
Paul Valéry
war is delightful to those who have had no experience of it
Desiderius Erasmus von Rotterdam
war is God's way of teaching Americans geography - Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce
war is the most common form of modern terrorism
Gino Strada
warning: Health Authorities can be harmful
Ana López
watch your thoughts... they become your words. Watch your words... they become your actions. Watch your actions... they become your habits. Watch your habits... they become your character. Watch your character... it becomes your destiny (Frank Outlaw)
Frank Outlaw
water talks unceasingly but never repeats itself
Octavio Paz
we all have a common origin: we are all offspring of the evolution of the universe and the stars, and so true brothers and sisters
Margherita Hack
we all have to obey laws, but a lawyer is needed to understand them
Fabio Fumi
we and everything else are, after all, just words
Víctor García de la Concha
we are all amateurs, life is too short for us to be anything else - Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
we are all equal before the law, but not before those appointed to apply it
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
we are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts - Harold Nicolson
Harold Nicolson
we are all obliged to keep some of our little eccentricities in order to tolerate reality
Marcel Proust
we are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to - Graham Greene
Graham Greene
we are all very ignorant, but not all ignorant of the same things - Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
we are learning by bitter experience that the organism which destroys its environment destroys itself - Gregory Bateson
Gregory Bateson
we are on a train travelling at three hundred kilometres per hour, we don't know where it's taking us and, what is more, we have realized there is no driver
Carlo Rubbia
we are our own memory, we are that chimerical museum of changing shapes, that heap of broken mirrors
Jorge Luis Borges
we are such stuff as dreams are made on - William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
we are what we do to change what we are
Eduardo Galeano
we are what we eat
Ludwig Feuerbach
we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be - Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
we are what we repeatedly do
we believe only in what we see, so since the advent of television we believe in everything
Dieter Hildebrandt
we believe that we master words, but it is words that master us
Alain Rey
we believe we are a real country, but the truth is we are little more than a landscape
Nicanor Parra
we can always stop ourselves on the way up, but never on the way down
Napoleon Bonaparte
we can do nothing worse to a person than busy ourselves exclusively with him
Elias Canetti
we can either overcome opposing ideas through discussion, or we have to let them be aired/heard. It is not possible to overcome such ideas by force as this prevents free development of our intelligence
Ernesto Che Guevara
we can invent only with memory
Alphonse Karr
we cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain - Alan Watts
Alan Watts
we can't legalize drug trafficking because there is just too much money in it - Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
we discern a flavor in our days only when we dodge the obligation to have a destiny
Emil Cioran
we do not remember days, we remember moments
Cesare Pavese
we don't know what's happening to us - that's what's happening to us
José Ortega y Gasset
we don't know who discovered water, but we're certain it wasn't a fish - John Culkin
John Culkin
we don't see things as they are, we see them as we are - Anaïs Nin
Anaïs Nin
we forget our faults easily when they are known to ourselves alone
François de La Rochefoucauld
we hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office
we have all sufficient strength to endure the misfortunes of others
François de La Rochefoucauld
we have been taught to believe that what is beautiful need not be useful and what is useful cannot be beautiful. I want to show that what is useful can also be beautiful - Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi
we have by now become what we fought against when we were twenty-year-olds
José Emilio Pacheco
we have certainly been quick to forget the time when we were the emigrants
Susanna Agnelli
we have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly
Emil Cioran
we have globalised the circus but not bread
we have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another - Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift
we have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it - George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
we have nothing to fear but fear itself - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the language
Oscar Wilde
we have the best Congress money can buy - Will Rogers
Will Rogers
we have to fight against language to prevent the imposition of its formulae, clichés and set phrases, everything that typifies a poor writer
Julio Cortázar
we inhabit a language rather than a country
Emil Cioran
we know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
we know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
we know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning - George Steiner
George Steiner
we lie in order to tolerate our existence and, most of all, we lie to ourselves
Elena Ferrante
we live in a dangerous age. Humans control nature before they have learned to control themselves - Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer
we look forward to the day when we can say to our dead men and women just this: we haven't surrendered, we haven't given up, we haven't sold out
Subcomandante Marcos
we love life not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
we must be modest and at the same time realise that others are inferior to us - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
we must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic - Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
we must first fight the mafia that is in each of us; we are the mafia
Rita Atria
we must make way for the new generations for if we do not, they will impose themselves anyway
Luciano Lama
we must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means (Martin Luther King)
Martin Luther King
we need to get back to the meaning of words, and that's essentially what a writer's work is, to help clean up the dictionary
Eduardo Galeano
we only have the happiness we have given
Eduard Pailleron
we only hear questions that we are able to answer
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
we should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes - Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
we should read, not in order to forget ourselves and our daily lives, but on the contrary, in order to gain a firmer, more conscious, more mature grip on our own lives
Hermann Hesse
we should think more of doing well than feeling well, then we would end up feeling better
Alessandro Manzoni
we still haven't learned that real cultural growth only comes with enjoyment, passion and laughter
Dario Fo
we work to earn our leisure
we would often be ashamed of our most well-intentioned actions if others could see what motivated them
François de La Rochefoucauld
western science has managed only to advance from the simple to the complex, by way of the ineffectual
Marco Crivellaro
we're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life! - Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
we're born princes and the civilizing process turns us into frogs (Eric Berne)
Eric Berne
what a pity drinking water is not a sin - how enjoyable it would be!
Giacomo Leopardi
what a terrible time than where idiots are leading the blind - William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
what frightens me most is the winter of memory
Juan José Arreola
what gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
what has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely mankind's attempt to turn it into a paradise
Friedrich Hölderlin
what I regret about the follies of youth is not having committed them but not being able to do so again
Pierre Benoit
what I want is for everything to be round without, so to speak, a beginning or end of the figure anywhere, so that it makes one, lifelike harmonious whole
Vincent Van Gogh
what is art? Prostitution
Charles Baudelaire
what is food to one, is bitter poison to others
Titus Lucretius Caro
what is in the heart of the sober man is on the tongue of the drunken man
what is irritating about love is that it is a crime that requires an accomplice
Charles Baudelaire
what is Man, that he should make plans?
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
what is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after - Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
what is past is prologue (William Shakespeare)
William Shakespeare
what is pleasure if not an extraordinarily sweet sorrow
Heinrich Heine
what is robbing a bank compared to founding a bank?
Bertolt Brecht
what is the real world if not the dream that everyone dreams, the dream common to all?
Miguel de Unamuno
what luck for rulers that men don't think
Adolf Hitler
what makes this a terrible world is that we strive with the same passion in seeking to be happy and in preventing others from being so
Antoine de Rivarol
what matters is not that which one says, but that which does not need to be said
Albert Camus
what matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it (Ezra Pound)
Ezra Pound
what really counts in life is done free
Claudio Magris
what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly
Lao Tse
what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly - Richard Bach
Lao Tse
what we call 'progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance - Havelock Ellis
Henry Havelock Ellis
what we have in common is that we are all different from each other
what we think about death is important only for what death has us think about life
André Malraux
what will be exhausted first - air or oil?
what would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
what you think is the summit is only a step up
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
what, a Professional Register of Journalists! Just an idea propagated by pedants, bogus professors, would-be hacks, and people who are trying to prevent others from thinking for themselves. Such a register is a laughable non-starter and is immoral since it aims to put a limit on what has no limits and indeed shouldn't have any, and is inclined to restricting the free expression of the mind
Luigi Einaudi
whatever I don't know, I learnt at school
Ennio Flaiano
whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult - Charlotte Whitton
Charlotte Whitton
whatever you want to say, there is only one noun to express it, one verb to animate it and one adjective to qualify it
Guy de Maupassant
what's a man's first duty? The answer's brief: to be himself
Henrik Ibsen
what's in the writing of a book? Reading it is the hard bit
Gesualdo Bufalino
what's the difference between a bright, inquisitive five-year-old, and a dull, stupid nineteen-year-old? Fourteen years of the British educational system - Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
when a banker jumps out of a window, jump after him - that's where the money is
when a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong - Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
when a government depends on bankers for money, they and not the heads of government control matters. The hand that gives holds sway over the hand that receives. Money has no homeland and financiers have no patriotism or decency - their only objective is gain
Napoleon Bonaparte
when a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her
Sacha Guitry
when a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity (George Bernard Shaw)
George Bernard Shaw
when a man, sleeping and motionless in bed, is dreaming of something, what is more real - he as a conscious being or the dream itself?
Miguel de Unamuno
when a people no longer dares to defend its language, it is ripe for slavery
Remy de Gourmont
when a person claims to know what happiness is, one can sense that person has lost it
Maurice Maeterlinck
when a person reads it is an exercise in self-examination. A writer's work amounts only to providing the reader with a means of seeing within himself what he might not otherwise be able to discern
Marcel Proust
when a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him - Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift
when childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay - Brian Aldiss
Brian Aldiss
when choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before - Mae West
Mae West
when Dr. Johnson defined patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel, he ignored the enormous possibilities of the word 'reform' - Roscoe Conkling
Roscoe Conkling
when God is silent, you can make him say anything you want
Jean-Paul Sartre
when I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor have nothing to eat, they called me a communist
Hélder Câmara
when I grow up, I want to be a little boy - Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller
when I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough (H.L. Mencken)
H.L. Mencken
when I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function
Johann Georg Hamann
when I see Berlusconi and the other shorty it makes me want to opt out of the human race
Franco Battiato
when I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it - Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow
when I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
when I'm dead nobody will weep for me, and no earth will cover me as I am the very wind of freedom
Ernesto Che Guevara
when man is no longer cold, hungry or afraid, he is dissatisfied
Ennio Flaiano
when people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other - Eric Hoffer
Eric Hoffer
when the brain develops in the mother's womb, it is empty of ideas
Maurice Blanchot
when the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
when the language is corrupted, people lose faith in what they hear and this leads to violence - W. H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden
when the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible - Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta
when the need is strong, there are those who will believe anything - Arnold Lobel
Arnold Lobel
when there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst - H. Allen Smith
H. Allen Smith
when things go wrong don't go with them - Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
when two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary - William Wrigley Jr.
William Wrigley Jr.
when two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part - George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
when two personalities meet it is as if two chemicals are coming into contact: if there is any reaction at all, both of them undergo some transformation
Carl Jung
when virtue has slept, she will get up more refreshed
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
when we are ill we realise that we do not exist alone but chained to a different domain, from which we are separated by an abyss, which doesn't know us and by which it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body
Marcel Proust
when we say 'think', we mean think about death
Alberto Savinio
when will UNESCO get around to naming the planet a Patrimony for Humanity?
when you desire something, the entire universe conspires to realize your wish
Paulo Coelho
when you destroy monuments, spare the pedestals. A use can always be found for them
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
when you fall asleep, you forget yourself. And when you wake up, you remember yourself
Jorge Luis Borges
when you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to stop and reconsider - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
when you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
when you look deep into the eyes of another person, you are forced to look at yourself
Tahar Ben Jelloun
when you’re at peace with yourself, travelling means you’re somewhere else that’s not that far away
Isabelle Adjani
whenever a particular freedom is under discussion, it is freedom in general that is under discussion
Karl Marx
whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty by close application thereto it is worse when executed by two persons - and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein - George Washington
George Washington
whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
whenever you teach, teach your hearers to doubt whatever you teach
José Ortega y Gasset
where all men think alike, no one thinks very much - Walter Lippmann
Walter Lippmann
where are you going, Ivan? I'm going to Minsk. You lie, Ivan! You tell me you're going to Minsk to make me believe you're going to Moscow, but you're really going to Minsk. You lie, Ivan!
Jorge Luis Borges
where it is well with me, there is my country
Marcus Pacuvius
where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe - Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
where the sword of the law cannot reach, there reaches the lash of satire
Aleksandr Pushkin
where there is much light, the shadow is deep
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
where there is no humour there is no humanity; where there is no humour there is the concentration camp
Eugène Ionesco
whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent
Ludwig Wittgenstein
which clones more, genetics or TV?
while I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die
Leonardo da Vinci
while there's death, there's hope
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
while you have a thing it can be taken from you. But when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It will be yours then forever - James Joyce
James Joyce
who can deny that the environment has been destroyed?
Günter Grass
who fights can lose. Who doesn't fight has already lost
Bertolt Brecht
who is the guiltiest of these two who misbehave; she who sins for pay, or he who pays for sinning?
Juana Inés de la Cruz
who knows what Columbus would have discovered if America hadn't got in the way
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
who, being loved, is poor? - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
whoever increases wisdom also increases suffering
Giordano Bruno
whoever is not capable of love is even more unhappy than he who is loved by nobody
François de La Rochefoucauld
whoever looks at his own failings fails to see those in others
Ali ibn Abi Talib
whoever receives more receives from someone else; he is no greater or better than someone else: he has only greater responsibilities. He must serve even more. Live to serve
Hélder Câmara
whosoever wants to travel towards the stars should not look for company
Christian Friedrich Hebbel
why did Nature create man? Was it to show that she is big enough to make mistakes, or was it pure ignorance? - Holbrook Jackson
Jackson Holbrook
why do we generally avoid solitude? Because few of us are good company to ourselves
Carlo Dossi
why do we kill people who have killed other people? To tell other people that killing is wrong? - Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life - Charles Frohman
Charles Frohman
why pay money to have your family tree traced. Go into politics and your opponents will do it for you - Anonymous
why repeat the old errors, if there are so many new errors to commit? - Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me? - Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
will Europe become what, in reality, it is, that is a little promontory on the continent of Asia? Or will it remain what it seems, that is the elite part of the terrestrial world, the pearl of the sphere, the brain of a vast body?
Paul Valéry
wine is a grave danger to the (mental) health of someone who does not drink it
wisdom has less to do with destroying idols than in never creating them in the first place
Umberto Eco
wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world
Fernando Pessoa
witches ceased to exist when we stopped burning them
without having known misery it is impossible to appreciate luxury - Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
without money and lacking time, imagination is a mere fleeting dream that cannot be transformed into an event
Charles Baudelaire
women - they are attracted by the slightest thing and a compliment makes them hurry away
Raymond Quatorze
women are so hypocritical that all children firmly believe that their own mother was a saint
Remy de Gourmont
women are the owners of a planet that is ruled by men - Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
women do what they say one hundred per cent, whereas men stop at fifty per cent
Claude Lelouch
women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
women need to be beautiful to be loved by men, and stupid enough to love them
Coco Chanel
women take the shape of the dream that embraces them
Juan José Arreola
word makes men free. Whoever cannot express himself is a slave
Ludwig Feuerbach
words are all we have (Samuel Beckett)
Samuel Beckett
words are important if they are few
Lalla Romano
words are like money, one is worth as much as many and many are not worth as much as one
Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas
words are not created by academics in universities and suchlike, rather it is the man in the street who does so. Dictionary compilers almost always recognise them too late and embalm them in alphabetical order, in many cases when they have lost their original meaning
Gabriel García Márquez
words don't always agree with the heart
Pietro Metastasio
words take on the value that the listener attributes to them
Giovanni Verga
words that really become popular impoverish a language
Sacha Guitry
work distances us from three great evils: tedium, vice and need
work is less boring than play
Charles Baudelaire
work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do (Oscar Wilde)
Oscar Wilde
work makes for a shorter day and a longer life
Denis Diderot
writing always means hiding something in such a way that it then is discovered
Italo Calvino
writing is a way of talking without being interrupted
Jules Renard
writing is also made difficult by the illiteracy of others
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money
Jules Renard
writing poetry is like making love: one will never know if one's joy is shared
Cesare Pavese