(N/A) American Musician and songwriter
- Burnt Sienna. Thats the best thing that ever happened to Crayolas.
(1782 - 1852) American Statesman, orator, congressman, senator, presidential candidate and U.S. Secretary of State
- Every man's life, liberty, and property are in danger when the Legislature is in session.
- One country, one constitution, one destiny. 
- Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. 
- Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor. 
- Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small. 
- When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization. 
- It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment—Independence now and Independence forever. 
- Cynicism is humour in ill health.
- God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. 
- Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on Earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. 
- I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American. 
- Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered. 
- There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession. 
(1866-1946) Influential English author, historian, futurist, socialist; best known for his short novels The Time Machine 1895 and The War of the Worlds
- Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
- The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
- In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it.
- Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. [from The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman, 1914]
- Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of the organized life.
- Go away. I'm all right. [last words]
- The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf. It's almost a law. [from Bealby: A Holiday, 1915]
- The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
- Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative. [from A Short History of the World, 1922]
- An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic. [ from The Temptaion of Harringay, 1929]
- Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.
- We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
- After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
- No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
- The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn. [from The Discovery of the Future, 1901]
- I had rather be called a journalist than an artist. [letter to Henry James, 1915]
- Human history is in essence a history of ideas. [from The Outline of History, 1920]
- In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
Orson Welles (George Orson Welles)
(1915 - 1985) Influential American director, actor; best known for a radio play of H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds and for the movie Citizen Kane, which he wrote, directed, produced, and acted in
- My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
- A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
- In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! [as Harry Lime in The Third Man, 1949]
- I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
- Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
- Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
- If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Eudora Welty (Eudora Alice Welty)
(1909 - 2001) American Author and Photographer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1973
- What discoveries I've made in the course of writing stories, all begin wih the particular, not the general.
Jessamyn West (Mary Jessamyn West)
(1902 - 1984) American Author, Quaker
- We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
- Suffering is also one of the ways of knowing you're alive.
- Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell here on earth, will escape punishment hereafter.
- Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise—when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter. [from To See the Dream, Part 1, 1956]
- I never meet anyone nowadays who admits to having had a happy childhood. Everyone appears to think happiness betokens a lack of sensitivity. [from The Life I Really Lived, Part 1, 1979]
Mae West (Mary Jane West)
(1893 - 1980) American Actress
- Loves conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- A thrill a day keeps the chill away.
- One figure can sometimes add up to a lot.
- I've been in more laps than a napkin.
- Come up and see me sometime when I've nothing but the wireless on.
- It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
- To err is human--but it feels divine.
- A man in the house is worth two in the street. [from Belle of the Nineties]
- Between two evils, I always pick the one I haven't tried before. [from Klondike Annie, 1936]
- Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
- Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
- I used to be Snow White...but I drifted.
- Beaulah, peel me a grape. [from I'm No Angel, 1933]
- When women go wrong, men go right after them. [from She Done Him Wrong]
- When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
- He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.
- I've been in Who's Who and I know what's what, but this is the first time I've been in the dictionary.
- I always say, keep a diary and some day it'll keep you.
- When I'm good, I'm very, very, good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. [from I'm No Angel, 1933]
- It's not the men in your life who count. It's the life in your men. [from I'm No Angel, 1933]
(Dame)Rebecca West, DBE (Cicely Isabel Fairfield)
(1892 - 1983) British-Irish Author, suffragist and journalist
- The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
- The point is that nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.
- I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
- Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and their audience.
- Only part of us is sane: only part of us loves pleasure and the longer day of happiness, wants to live to our nineties and die in peace, in a house that we built, that shall shelter those who come after us. The other half of us is nearly mad. It prefers the disagreeable to the agreeable, loves pain and its darker night despair, and wants to die in a catastrophe that will set back life to its beginnings and leave nothing of our house save its blackened foundations.
James McNeill Whistler (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)
(1834 - 1903) American-born British Artist
- Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the ameteur for three, or the cry of the critc for five. [from Whistler vs. Ruskin, 1878]
- Nature is usually wrong. 
- Just as music is the poetry of the ear,so painting is that of the eye.
- You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
- To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labor, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view. 
- I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.
E. B. White (Elwyn Brooks White)
(1899 - 1985) American Author, humorist, essayist and poet; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom; best known for his childrens novels including Charlotte's Web and as co-author with William Strunk of The Elements of Style
- Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies.
- Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
- Government is the thing. Law is the thing. Not brotherhood, not international cooperation, not security councils that can stop war only by waging it. Where does security lie, anyway - security against the thief, a bad man, the murderer? In brotherly love? Not at all. It lies in government.
Nelia Gardner White
(1894 - 1957) American Author
- Some people just don't seem to realize, when they're moaning about not getting prayers answered, that no is the answer.
William Allen White
(1868 - 1944) American Newpaper Editor, close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.
- A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal.
- Consistency is only a paste jewel that cheap men cherish.
- The boys who died just went out and died. To their own souls' glory of course -- but what else? ... Yet the next war will see the same hurrah and the same bowwow of the big dogs to get the little dogs to go out and follow the blood scent and get their entrails tangled in the barbed wire [from an editorial on war, 1933]
- If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own -- how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.
- My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.
- Liberty is the only thing you can't have unless you give it to others.
- Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world.
- If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vim and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come on college campuses, the better world for tomorrow.
Alfred North Whitehead
(1861 - 1947) English Mathemetician and Philosopher; author (with Bertrand Russel) of Principia Mathematica
- We think in generalities, but we live in details.
- If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
- Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.
- Unlimited possibility and abstract creativity can procure nothing. [from Religion in the Making, 1926]
- The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, "Seek simplicity and distrust it." [from The Concept of Nature, 1926]
- The English never abolish anything. They put it in cold storage.
- There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
- The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it. [from An Introduction to Mathematics, 1911]
- It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle--they are strictly limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments. [from An Introduction to Mathematics, 1911]
- The science of pure mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit. [from Science and the Modern World, 1925]
- The greatest invention of the nineteenth century was the invention of the method of invention. [from Science and the Modern World, 1925]
- Religion is the reaction of human nature to its search for God. [from Science and the Modern World, 1925]
- Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge. [from The Aims of Education, 1929]
- Error is the price we pay for progress. [from Process and Reality, An Essay in Cosmology, 1929]
- The chief error in philosophy is overstatement. [from Process and Reality, An Essay in Cosmology, 1929]
- The chief danger to philosophy is narrowness in the selection of evidence. [from Process and Reality, An Essay in Cosmology, 1929]
- It does not matter what men say in words, so long as their activities are controlled by settled instincts. The words may ultimately destroy the instincts. But until this has occurred, words do not count. [from Science and the Modern World, 1925]
- The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and, if need be, die for it.
- A culture is in its finest flower before it begins to analyze itself.
- Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment in recognition of the pattern.
(1819 - 1892) Influential American Poet, journalist and essayist; best known for Leaves of Grass
Poems by Walt Whitman
- The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
- It is a beautiful truth that all men contain something of the artist in them. And perhaps it is the case that the greatest artists live and die, the world and themselves alike ignorant what they possess.
- We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents. We tacitly abandon ourselves to the notion that our United States have been fashion'd from the British Islands only -- which is a very great mistake. [from The Spanish Element in Our Nationality, 1883]
John Greenleaf Whittier
(1807 - 1892) American Poet, Abolitionist, and Quaker
Poems by John Greenleaf Whittier
- The saddest thing of word or pen,
To know the things that might have been. [from Maud Muller, 1856]
Dr. Charlotte Whitton
(1896 - 1975) Canadian Womens' rights activist, Mayor of Ottawa
- Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.
(1963 - ) Fictional British Advcenturer/Scientist, subject of a very long running Science Fiction serial
- Rest is for the weary, sleep is for the dead.
- I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.
- Logic merely enables one to be wrong with authority.
- People spend all their time making nice things and then other people come along and break them.
- Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another.
- A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.
- Courage isn't just a matter of not being afraid. It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.
- It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species.
- First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
- The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views - which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.
- There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes.
- Answers are easy. It's asking the right questions which is hard.
- To the rational mind, nothing is inexplicable; only unexplained.
- I'm a very dangerous fellow when I don't know what I'm doing.
George Whyte-Melville (George John Whyte-Melville)
(1821 - 1878) Scottish Author
Poems by George Whyte-Melville
- We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.
(1906 - 2002) American Movie Director, producer, and screenwriter; winner of seven Academy Awards
- An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.
- A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don't bury our dead. When you think it's out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.
- Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.
- I just made pictures I would've liked to see.
- Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist.
- I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
- Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
- You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.