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Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Mike Walbert

The Bible teaches that both God is in control and that people make realchoices. These two truths go side by side throughout the Scriptures. TheBible absolutely does not teach fatalism. But neither does it teach that people are absolutely free and autonomous. The effects of the Fall and our very natures restrain us. This is called an antinomy. That is (per the American Heritage Dictionary) "A contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable." Mike Walbert

Moshe Waldoks

A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable. -Moshe Waldoks

Ni'matullah Wali (1331-1431?)

I perceive all the professors of exoteric knowledge to be full of learning with no application - Day and night wasting their lives, pursuing discussion, chatter, and empty disputation.-- Ni'matullah Wali (1331-1431?)

Percy Walker

We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away. - Percy Walker

Kelly Catlin Walker

Never let the urgent crowd out the important... Kelly Catlin Walker

William Waller

Whilst he Cromwell) was curious of his own words, (not putting forth too many lest they should betray his thoughts) he made others talk until he had, as it were, sifted them, and known their most intimate designs. - Sir William Waller, Recollections.

Johan Olof Wallin (1770-1839)

Jerusalem, lift up thy voice!
Daughter of Zion, now rejoice!
Thy King is come, Whose mighty hand
Henceforth shall reign o'er every land.

He comes to every tribe and race,
A Messenger of truth and grace:
With peace He comes from heaven above
On earth to found His realm of love.

In God's eternal covenant,
He comes for our salvation sent.
The star of hope moves on before,
And hosts assemble to adore.

Let all the world with one accord
Now hail the coming of the Lord:
Praise to the Prince of heavenly birth
Who bringeth peace to all the earth.
Johan Olof Wallin, 1814.

C.F.W. Walther

Inactivity is the beginning of all vice. - C.F.W. Walther , letter: 15 Jan 1873

Natasha Walter

Women who complain that [she] was not a feminist because she didn't help other women or openly acknowledge her debt to feminism have a point, but they are also missing something vital. She normalised female success... No one can ever question whether women are capable of single-minded vigour, of efficient leadership, after Margaret Thatcher. She is the great unsung heroine of British feminism.~Natasha Walter, The New Feminism

Barbara Walters (1931-____)

 [Being a parent] is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.Barbara Walters (1931-____) In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.

J. Donald Walters

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.... J. Donald Walters

Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. --Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy. --Izaak Walton (1593-1683) _The Compleat Angler_ [1653-1655], Chapter 21

We may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, 'Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.' Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

William H. Walton

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. William H. Walton

William Warburton (1698 &endash; 1779)

Othodoxy is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man's doxy. William Warburton (1698 &endash; 1779)

Arthur Ward,

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.-- ARTHUR WARD

William Arthur Ward

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

William W. Ward

The price of excellence is discipline.The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.-William W. Ward

B B Warfield

A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution of all earthly problems. It is almost equally true that a clear and full apprehension of the universal providence of God is the solution of most theological problems. B. B. WARFIELD

If criticism has made such discoveries as to necessitate the abandonment of the doctrine of plenary inspiration, it is not enough to say that we are compelled to abandon only a "particular theory of inspiration..." We must go on to say that that "particular theory of inspiration" is the theory of the apostles and of the Lord, and that in abandoning it we are abandoning them.... B. B. Warfield (1851-1921), The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible [1948]

We can never know that we are elected of God to eternal life except by manifesting in our lives the fruits of election.--B. B. WARFIELD 

The marvel of marvels is not that God, in his infinite love, has not elected all this guilty race to be saved, but that he has elected any. --B. B.WARFIELD

It is never on account of its formal nature as a psychic act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving...It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or nature of faith, but in the object of faith. B. B. WARFIELD

Anthony Warner

When the church is unified and the Lord is glorified, then the saints will be edified, sinners will be sanctified, and the devil will be terrified. --Anthony Warner

Charles Dudley Warner

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.-- Charles Dudley Warner

Christi Mary Warner

A true friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway. Christi Mary Warner

Earl Warren (1891 - 1974)

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.   - Earl Warren, 1891 - 1974

 Booker T. Washington (1856 &endash; 1915)

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him. --Booker T. Washington

George Washington (1732-1799)

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. -George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.--George Washington

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Washington

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low, that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.--George Washington

Worry, the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. -- George Washington (1732-1799)

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.
President George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789.

Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government.--- George Washington, prayer after his first inauguration

I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.- George Washington (1732-99), U.S. general, president. Letter, 20 July 1794.

Martha Washington (1732 &endash; 1802)

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not our circumstances. -- Martha Washington

William C. Waterhouse

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? --Benjamin Franklin, debates in the Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1787.&emdash;James Madison, Journal of the Federal Convention, ed. E. H. Scott
A check of the record shows that Franklin was trying to break the angry stalemate about representation of the smaller states by urging that the delegates start the next day by having someone come in to say prayers.The convention adjourned for the day without acting on the idea. On thesurviving copy of his motion (Franklin was weak and had it written outto be read aloud by someone else), Franklin wrote:
The convention, except three or four persons, thought prayer unnecessary.-- Max Farrand (ed.), _The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787_ (June 27)
William C. Waterhouse

Lillian Eichler Watson

There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present. --Lillian Eichler Watson _Light From Many Lamps_

Lyall Watson

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't. -- Lyall Watson

Thomas Watson

Afflictions add to the saints' glory. The more the diamond is cut, the more it sparkles; the heavier the saints' cross is, the heavier will be their crown. - THOMAS WATSON

If you will have the teachings of Christ, walk according to the knowledge you have already. Use your little knowledge well, and Christ will teach you more. 'If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.' John 7:17 -THOMAS WATSON

Oh, Christians, look to your steps! When you have prayed against sin, then watch against temptation. Such as are more excellent than others, God expects some singular thing from them. They should bring more glory to God and, by their exemplary piety, make proselytes to religion. Better fruit is expected from a vineyard than from a wild forest. - THOMAS WATSON

Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.-Thomas Watson

All the danger is when the world gets into the heart. The water is useful for sailing the ship; all the danger is when the water gets into the ship; so the fear is when the world gets into the heart. --THOMAS WATSON

Behold, what manner of love is this, that Christ should be arraigned and we adorned, that the curse should be laid on His head and the crown set on ours. THOMAS WATSON

Christ heals with more ease than any other. Christ makes the devil go out with a word (Mark 9:25). Nay, he can cure with a look: Christ's look melted Peter into repentance; it was a healing look. If Christ doth but cast a look upon the soul he can recover it. Therefore David prays to have a look from God, 'Look Thou upon me, and be merciful unto me' (Psalm 119:132). THOMAS WATSON

Christ is the most bountiful physician. Other patients do enrich their physicians, but here the physician doth enrich the patient. Christ elevates all his patients: he doth not only cure them but crown them (Rev. 2:10). Christ doth not only raise them from the bed, but to the throne; he gives the sick man not only health but also heaven. THOMAS WATSON

Christ is the most cheap physician, he takes no fee. He desires us to bring nothing to him but broken hearts; and when he has cured us he desires us to bestow nothing on him but our love. THOMAS WATSON

Christ is the most tender-hearted physician. He hath ended his passion but not his compassion. He is not more full of skill than sympathy, 'He healed the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3). Every groan of the patient goes to the heart of the physician. THOMAS WATSON

Christ never fails of success. Christ never undertakes to heal any but he makes a certain cure, 'Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost,' (John 17:12). Other physicians can only cure them that are sick, but Christ cures them that are dead, 'And you hat he quickened who were dead' (Eph 2:1). Christ is a physician for the dead, of every one whom Christ cures, it may be said, 'He was dead, and is alive again' (Luke 15:32). - THOMAS WATSON

Christ's blood has value enough to redeem the whole world, but the virtue of it is applied only to such as believe. THOMAS WATSON

Covetousness is dry drunkeness. - THOMAS WATSON

[Concerning the Word preached:] "Do we prize it in our judgments? Do we receive in into our hearts? Do we fear the loss of the Word preached more than the loss of peace and trade? Is it the removal of the ark that troubles us? Again, do we attend to the Word with reverential devotion? When the judge is giving the charge on the bench, all attend. When the Word is preached, the great God is giving us his charge. Do we listen to it as to a matter of life and death? This is a good sign that we love the Word. - THOMAS WATSON

Doth God give us a Christ, and will he deny us a crust? If God doth not give us what we crave, He will give us what we need. -- THOMAS WATSON

Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise. -- THOMAS WATSON

Faith lives in a broken heart. 'He cried out with tears, Lord, I believe.' True faith is always in a heart bruised for sin. They, therefore, whose hearts were never touched for sin, have no faith. If a physician should tell us there was a herb that would help us against all infections, but it always grows in a watery place; if we should see a herb like it in colour, leaf, smell, blossom, but growing upon a rock, we should conclude that it was the wrong herb. So saving faith always grows in a heart humbled for sin, in a weeping eye and a tearful conscience. - THOMAS WATSON

God does not choose us for faith but to faith. --THOMAS WATSON

God has given us two ears, but one tongue, to show that we should be swift to hear, but slow to speak. God has set a double fence before the tongue, the teeth and the lips, to teach us to be wary that we offend not with our tongue.- Thomas Watson

God keeps open house for hungry sinners - THOMAS WATSON

God made man of the dust of the earth and man makes a god of the dust of the earth. THOMAS WATSON

God keeps open house for hungry sinners (Isa. 45:1,2). - THOMAS WATSON

Godliness is glory in the seed, and glory is godliness in the flower. - THOMAS WATSON

How soon are we broken on the soft pillow of ease! Adam in paradise was overcome, when Job on the dunghill was a conqueror. - THOMAS WATSON

If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ingnorance of his danger.

If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble -- THOMAS WATSON

Immoderate care takes the heart off from better things; and usually while we are thinking how we shall do to live, we forget how to die. We may sooner by our care add a furlong to our grief, than a foot to our comfort. THOMAS WATSON

Jesus Christ was more willing to go to the cross, than we are to the throne of grace. Thomas Watson

Justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life. To have the poison of corrupt doctrine cast into this spring is damnable. THOMAS WATSON

Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell. THOMAS WATSON

Let them fear death who do not fear sin.--THOMAS WATSON

Man is born to trouble" He is heir apparent to it; he comes into the world with a cry, and goes out with a groan. -Thomas Watson

Many a man's knowledge is a torch to light him to hell. Thou who hast knowledge of God's will, but doth not do it, wherein dost thou excel the devil, 'who transforms himself into an angel of light.'-THOMAS WATSON

None so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full. - THOMAS WATSON

Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels. -- THOMAS WATSON

Repentance is a grace of God's Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed. -- THOMAS WATSON

Sanctification is a supernatural thing; it is divinely infused. We are naturally polluted, and to cleanse, God takes to be his prerogative...Sanctification is a flower of the Spirit's planting. Thomas Watson

Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages. --THOMAS WATSON

That which cannot quiet the heart in a storm, cannot entitle a man to blessedness; earthly things accumulated, cannot rock the troubled heart quiet, therefore cannot make one blessed. When Saul was sore distressed, could all the jewels of his crown comfort him? 'They shall cast their silver in the streets...their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord.' (Ezek. 7:19) --THOMAS WATSON

The bare knowledge of God's will is inefficacious, it doth not better the heart. Knowledge alone is like a winter sun, which hath no heat or influence; it doth not warm the affections, or purify the conscience. Judas was a great luminary, he knew God's will, but he was a traitor.- THOMAS WATSON

The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them. THOMAS WATSON

The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,....neither can he know them' (1 Cor. 2:14). He may have more insight into the things of the world than a believer, but he does not see the deep things of God. A swine may see an acorn under a tree, but he cannot see a star. - THOMAS WATSON

The vessels of mercy are first seasoned with affliction, and then the wine of glory is poured in. Thus we see afflictions are but beneficial to the saints. Thomas Watson

The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?THOMAS WATSON

There is more evil in a drop of sin, than in a sea of affliction.-Thomas Watson

Though we as Christians are like Christ, having the first fruits of the Spirit, yet we are unlike Him, having the remainders of the flesh. THOMAS WATSON

We need not climb into heaven to see whether our sins are forgiven; let us look into our hearts, and see if we can forgive others. If we can, we need not doubt but God has forgiven us - Thomas Watson

What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath. - THOMAS WATSON

What if we have more of the rough file, if we have less rust! Afflictions carry away nothing but the dross of sin.

When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or a princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded on His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out his people's sins, but not their names. THOMAS WATSON

When God lays men upon their backs, then they look up to heaven. -Thomas Watson

When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight. --THOMAS WATSON

When the judge is giving the charge on the bench, all attend. When the Word is preached, the great God is giving us his charge. Do we listen to it as to a matter of life and death? This is a good sign that we love the Word. THOMAS WATSON

Whoever brings an affliction, it is God that sends it.-Thomas Watson

Whom he predestinated, them he also called'. Election is the foundation-cause of our vocation. It is not because some are more worthy to partake of the heavenly calling than others, for we were 'all in our blood' (Ezek. 16:6). What worthiness is in us? What worthiness was there in Mary Magdelene, out of whom seven devils were cast? What worthiness in the Corinthians, when God began to call them by the gospel? They were fornicators, effeminate, idolaters. 'Such were some of you, but ye are washed'. Before effectual calling, we were not only without strength, but 'enemies' (Col. 1:21). So that the foundation of vocation is election. -- THOMAS WATSON

David Watsonerb

If we see a speck in a brother's eye, we must first see if there is a log in our own eye; perhaps that speck in our brother's eye is only a reflection of the beam in our own. ... David Watsonerb

Bill Watterson

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. --Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

It's not denial. I'm just very selective about what I accept as reality. -- Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"

Oh, great altar of passive entertainment, bestow upon me thy discordant images at such speed as to render linear thought impossible! - Bill Watterson

I know the world isn't fair, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?~Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

After today, I'll bet Santa takes a shovel to the reindeer stalls to fill your stocking.
Hobbes, "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson

I just read this great science fiction story. It's about how machines take control of humans and turn them into zombie slaves! ...HEY! What time is it?? My TV show is on! Calvin, "Calvin and Hobbes" strip by Bill Watterson

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Shine, mighty God, on Britain shine,
With beams of heav'nly grace;
Reveal thy power through all our coasts,
And show thy smiling face.

Amidst our isle, exalted high,
Do thou our glory stand,
And, like a wall of guardian fire,
Surround the fav'rite land.

When shall thy name, from shore to shore,
Sound all the earth abroad;
And distant nations know and love
Their Saviour and their God?

Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,
Sing loud with solemn voice;
While British tongues exalt his praise,
And British hearts rejoice.

He, the great Lord, the sovereign Judge,
That sits enthroned above,
Wisely commands the worlds he made
In justice and in love.

Earth shall obey her Maker's will,
And yield a full increase;
Our God will crown his chosen isle
With fruitfulness and peace.

God the Redeemer scatters round
His choicest favors here,
While the creation's utmost bound
Shall see, adore, and fear.
Isaac Watts, PSALM 67, The nation's prosperity, and the church's increase.

The King of glory sends his Son,
To make his entrance on this earth;
Behold the midnight bright as noon,
And heav'nly hosts declare his birth!

About the young Redeemer's head,
What wonders, and what glories meet!
An unknown star arose, and led
The eastern sages to his feet.

Simeon and Anna both conspire
The infant Saviour to proclaim;
Inward they felt the sacred fire,
And bless'd the babe, and own'd his name.

Let pagan hordes blaspheme aloud,
And treat the holy child with scorn;
Our souls adore th' eternal God
Who condescended to be born.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

The Lord can clear the darkest skies
Can give us day for night.
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face*?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight, if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith they bring it nigh.** * or fight; ** or By faith's discerning eye

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through skies,
The glory shall be Thine.
Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross? 1721.

A holy reverence checks our speech,
And praise sits silent on our tongues.
Isaac Watts

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine,
And bathed in its own blood;
While all exposed to wrath divine,
The glorious Sufferer stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature's sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
'Tis all that I can do.
Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707

So, when a raging fever burns,
We shift from side to side by turns;
And 't is a poor relief we gain
To change the place but keep the pain.
Isaac Watts, _Hymns and Spiritual Songs_, 1707

Evelyn Waugh

Civilization--and by this I do not mean talking cinemas and tinned food, nor even surgery and hygienic houses, but the whole moral and artistic organization of Europe--has not in itself the power of survival. It came into being through Christianity, and without it has no significance or power to command allegiance. . . . It is no longer possible, as it was in the time of Gibbon, to accept the benefits of civilization and at the same time deny the supernatural basis on which it rests. . . . Christianity . . . is in greater need of combative strength than it has been for centuries.-- Evelyn Waugh, 1930

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. - Evelyn Waugh

John Wayne (1907-1979)

Courage is being scared to death -- and saddling up anyway. --John Wayne (1907-1979)

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself into our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. -John Wayne 

I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. --John Wayne

Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home-- Attributed to John Wayne

I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing. John Wayne (1907-1979) In "Reader's Digest," 1 Sep 1970.

Beatrice Webb

At the end of a happy marriage to Sidney Hook, Beatrice Webb was asked, "Why was your marriage so happy?" She said, "Sidney takes all the long-term decisions, I take all the unimportant decisions, and I determine which are the long-term decisions." - Beatrice Webb

Mary Webb

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. Mary Webb

Daniel Webster 1782-1852.

[I]f we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. --Daniel Webster

A future separation of the American tongue from the English was necessary and unavoidable.... Numerous local causes, such as a new country, new associations of people, new combinations of ideas in arts and sciences, and some intercourse with tribes wholly unknown in Europe, will introduce new words into the American tongue. These causes will produce, in a course of time, a language in North America as different from the future language of England as the modern Dutch, Danish and Swedish are from the German, or from one another. ~Noah Webster, Dissertations on the English Language (1789)

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
Daniel Webster. 1782-1852. Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847. From Webster's Works. Boston. 1857. Vol. ii. p. 393.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster. 1782-1852. Speech, June 3, 1834. From Webster's Works. Boston. 1857. Vol. iv. p. 47.

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
Daniel Webster. 1782-1852. Speech, July 25 and 27, 1846. From Webster's Works. Boston. 1857. Vol. v. p. 187.

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves. --Daniel Webster

John Webster (1580-1625)

Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burns brightest, old linen wash whitest, soldiers, sweetheart, are surest, and old lovers are soundest. John Webster: Westward Hoe, act ii. sc. 2.

Cover her face,
Mine eyes dazzle,
She died so young.
John Webster (1580-1625) "Duchess of Malfi" (1623) act4 scene2.

I saw him even now going the way of all flesh, that is to say towards the kitchen. - John Webster

Noah Webster (1758 &endash; 1843)

All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society...The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth. Noah Webster

Walter Weckler

Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst. -Walter Weckler

Elizabeth Weeks (1881-1950)

A kiss from a man without a moustache is like lamb without mint sauce. -Elizabeth Weeks 1881-1950 (not her's originally I am sure but Grandma used to say this)

George Weigel

The Catholic crisis of 2002 is also a powerful reminder of the Iron Law of Christianity and Modernity: Christian communities that maintain their doctrinal identity and moral boundaries flourish in the modern world; Christian communities that fudge doctrine and morals decay. Contrary to much popular wisdom, the Christian movement is flourishing throughout the world. And in all instances, without exception, it is the Christian communities that eschew Lite approaches to doctrine and morals that are growing. -- George Weigel, _The Courage to be Catholic_, 2002

Christian communities that maintain their doctrinal identity and moral boundaries flourish in the modern world; Christian communities that fudge doctrine and morals decay. Contrary to much popular wisdom, the Christian movement is flourishing throughout the world. And in all instances, without exception, it is the Christian communities that eschew Lite approaches to doctrine and morals that are growing. ---- George Weigel, _The Courage to be Catholic_, 2002

What is most disturbing, for example, about the bizarre debate over the mere mention of Christianity's contributions to European civilization in the proposed European Constitution is that the amnesiacs who wish to rewrite European history by eliminating Christianity from the historical equation are doing so in service to a thin, indeed anorexic, idea of procedural democracy. To deny that Christianity had anything to do with the evolution of free, law-governed, and prosperous European societies is more than a question of falsifying the past; it is also a matter of creating a future in which moral truth has no role in governance, in the determination of public policy, in understandings of justice, and in the definition of that freedom which democracy is intended to embody. - George Weigel, First Things, Feb 2004

Simone Weil

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied, full of charm; imaginary good is tiresome and flat. Real evil, however, is dreary, monotonous, barren. Real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. -- Simone Weil

Len Wein

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.--- Len Wein

Jack Weinberg

We have a saying in the movement that we don't trust anybody over thirty.--Jack Weinberg (1940- ) (1964 interview)

Matt Weinhold

When I'm around hard-core computer geeks, I want to say, 'Come outside -- the graphics are great!' - Matt Weinhold,

John Welch

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.~ John Welch

Orson Welles (1915 &endash; 1985)

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. Orson Welles

Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.-- The Duke of Wellington, when referred to as Irish 

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils. --Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Publish and be damned. (when being blackmailed) --Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Sparrowhawks, Ma'am. --Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852) (attrib. remark to Q. Victoria on how to remove birds from the newly built Crystal Palace)

I don't know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.--Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)(attrib.)

[of the British army, 1831] Ours is composed of the scum of the earth. --Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

I always say that, next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.--Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

A. F. Wells

Take Christ out of Christmas, and December becomes the bleakest and most colorless month of the year.--A. F. Wells

H G Wells (1866 &endash; 1946)

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own. -- H G Wells

Stop this Progress! --Theotocopulos in the H. G. Wells movie _Things to Come_

Science is a match that man has just got alight. He thought he was in a room -- in moments of devotion, a temple -- and that his light would be reflected from and display walls inscribed with wonderful secrets and pillars carved with philosophical systems wrought into harmony. It is a curious sensation, now that the preliminary splutter is over and the flame burns up clear, to see his hands and just a glimpse of himself and the patch he stands on visible, and around him, in place of all that human comfort and beauty he anticipated -- darkness still.
H. G. Wells, "The Rediscovery of the Unique", THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW, N. S. 50 (July 1891).

I must confess that my imagination, in spite even of spurring, refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.~ H. G. Wells, _Anticipations_, 1901

David Wells

God's people have no assurances that the dark experiences of life will be held at bay, much less that God will provide some sort of running commentary on the meaning of each day's allotment of confusion, boredom, pain, or achievement.-- David Wells

Our generation is rapidly growing deaf to the summons of the external God. He has been so internalised, so tamed by the needs of religious commerce, so submerged beneath the traffic of modern psychological need that he has almost completely disappeared. All too often, he now leans weakly upon the church, a passive bystander, a co-conspirator in the effort to dismantle two thousand years of Christian thought about God and what he has declared himself to be. That is to say, God has become weightless. The church continues its business of satisfying the needs of the self--needs defined by the individual--and God, who is himself viewed and marketed as a product, becomes powerless to change the definition of that need or to prescribe the means by which it might be satisfied. When the consumer is sovereign, the product (in this case God himself) must be subservient.
David Wells, God in the Wasteland

By this late date, evangelicals should be hungering for a genuine revival of the church, aching to see it once again become a place of seriousness where a vivid otherworldliness is cultivated because the world is understood in deeper and truer ways, where worship is stripped of everything extraneous, where God's Word is heard afresh, where the desolate and broken can find sanctuary. Why, then, are they not more serious in their efforts to recover the true church? It is because virtually everything within them and around them militates against it. Cultural pressures and influences are so intrusive and inwardly destabilising that Christian spirituality becomes a forlorn pursuit unless the individual is embodied in a structure that gives corporate expression to private spirituality, in which the lone thread is woven into a fabric. Many churches have not learned the lessons that most parents stumble on sooner or later. Churches imagine that the less they ask or expect of believers, the more popular they will become and the more contented worshippers will be. The reverse is true. Those who ask little find that the little they ask is resented or resisted; those who ask much find that they are given much and strengthened by the giving. --David Wells, God in the Wasteland- The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams, PG. 225, 226.

The present always needs to be deprived of its pretensions to being the most elevated moment in the story of the human spirit (or, as some charismatics would have it, the most dramatic), for this opens wide the door to pride and folly.-- David F. Wells No Place For Truth, p. 100

We are called to see that the Church does not adapt its thinking to the horizons that modernity prescribes for it but rather that it brings to those horizons the powerful antidote of God's truth. It is not the Word of God but rather modernity that stands in need of being demythologised.
David F. Wells No Place For Truth, p.100

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

I know Thee, Saviour, Who Thou art:
Jesus, the feeble sinner's friend!
Nor wilt Thou with the night depart,
But stay and love me to the end.
Thy mercies never shall remove;
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Thou only dost the Father know,
And wilt to all thy followers show,
Who cannot doubt thy gracious will
His glorious Godhead to reveal;
Reveal him now, if thou art he,
And live, eternal Life, in me.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun's eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened Paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Charles Wesley, 1739

O that in me the sacred fire might now begin to glow,
Burn up the drossof base desire,
And make the mountains flow.
Charles Wesley

John Wesley (1703-1791)

Chance has no share in the government of the world. The Lord reigns, and disposes all things, strongly and sweetly, for the good of them that love him. -- John Wesley , letter

Tell me how it is that in this room there are three candles and but one light; and I will explain to you the mode of the divine existence.    John Wesley  

Oh, beware! Do not seek to be something! Let me be nothing, and Christ be all in all.-  John Wesley 

God...frequently...makes young men and women wiser than the aged, and gives to many, in a very short time, a closer and deeper communion with himself than others attain in a long course of years.-John Wesley ,letter: , 27 Dec 1774

Unless God has raised you up for this very thing [ablishing slave trade trading] you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be with you who can be against you. JOHN WESLEY, letter to William Wilberforce 10 days before Wesley's death

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.--John Wesley, Letter to Joseph Benson, October 5, 1770

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. - John Wesley

It is most desirable, to have neither poverty nor riches; but still you cannot be without temptation, unless you would go out of the world.- John Wesley, letter: DECEMBER 1, 177

I rode over the mountains to Huddersfield. A wilder people I never saw in England. The men, women and children filled the streets and seemed just ready to devour us. John Wesley June 1757

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. --John Wesley (1703-1791) Letter, 21 Feb 1756 to Samuel Furley.

I desired as many as could to join together in fasting and prayer, that God would restore the spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor deluded rebels in America. -- John Wesley, Journal, Aug 1, 1777

I am a creature of a day. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God. I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. God himself has condescended to teach me the way. He has written it down in a book. Oh, give me that book! At any price give me the book of God. Let me be a man of one book. JOHN WESLEY

Beware that you are not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
John Wesley (1703-1791) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. -- John Wesley (1703-1791)

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.J--John Wesley

Immediately it stuck into my mind, "Leave off preaching. How can you preach to others, who have not faith yourself?" I asked Boehler, whether he thought I should leave it off or not. He answered "By no means." I asked, "But what can I preach?" He said, "Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith." -- John Wesley, Journal, 4 Mar 1738

Many Gentlemen have done my brother and me (though without naming us) the honour to reprint many of our hymns. Now they are perfectly welcome to do so, provided they print them just as they are. But I desire that they would not attempt to mend them - for they really are not able. None of them is able to mend either the sense or the verse. Therefore I must beg the one of these two favours: either to let them stand just as they are, to take them for better for worse; or to add the true reading in the margin, or at the bottom of the page; that we may no longer be accountable either for the nonsense or doggerel of other men.
John Wesley, Preface to a Collection of Hymns for use of the People called Methodists, London, Oct 20, 1779

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. John Wesley

Wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion. Therefore I do not see how it is possible in the nature of things for any revival of religion to continue long. For religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality, and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches. John Wesley

No one can truly say that Jesus is Lord, unless Thou take the veil away, and breathe the living word. Then only then, we feel our interest in His blood.
JOHN WESLEY, hymn, Spirit of Faith, Come Down.

You have now such faith as is necessary for your living unto God. As yet you are not called to die. When you are, you shall have faith for this also.
John Wesley letter: 17 April 1776

When the witness and the fruit of the Spirit meet together, there can be no stronger proof that we are of God.-- John Wesley , letter: 31 March 1787

Suffer all, and conquer all.... John Wesley (1703-1791)

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn~ John Wesley

Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.'- John Wesley letter: 27 June 1760

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities.-John Wesley(1703-1791)

Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again. - John Wesley in David Jackman, The Communicators Commentary, Ruth1.

Jessamyn West

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. Jessamyn West

Jim West

When the pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed at Plymouth rock, the first permanent building put up was the brewery.
Jim West, Drinking With Calvin and Luther! (Carmichael, CA: Jim West 1995), p.14.

Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache -- Mae West

When women go wrong, men go right after them. Mae West

I used to be Snow White...but I drifted.-- Mae West (1892-1980), quoted in "Peel Me a Grape"(1975)

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins. Mae West

Between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before. --Mae West

Too much of a good thing is WONDERFUL. Mae West

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly -- Mae West

Brooke Foss Westcott

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.- Brooke Foss Westcott

Todd H. Wetzel

Like many of the leaders and teacher [in the church], perhaps I failed to prepare people for the way of suffering. I had not suffered much myself and did not help people to be ready for it. But the fact is: when you follow Jesus, what happened to Him happens to you.... Todd H. Wetzel, Steadfast Faith [1997

Edith Wharton (1862 &endash; 1937)

An education is like a crumbling building that needs constant upkeep with repairs and additions. Edith Wharton

There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton, "Vesalius in Zante", Artemis to Actaeon (1909)

Sam Wheatley

I learned the "Clowney Triangle" when I was at Westminster Seminary. Essentially, it's a Hermenutical grid &endash; "How do I understand the text in front of me?"
Step one: Answer the question as best you can "What did the text mean to it's original audience?" This gets to immediate context and the sitz im leben issues. This first question puts us into a place where we hear the text speaking clearly to its readers. This is the reason for understanding orginal languages and cultural background, not so that we can impress others, but so we can hear.
Step two: "How is this text understood in the flow of redemptive history?" Now we move the context question to encompass all of scripture and redemptive history with the eye on how this text advances the story of grace. This keeps us from isolating a text from the whole story or from narrowing the grand story of redemption down too narrowly.
Step three is "How does this text tell me about Jesus &endash; the cross and resurrection?" This is the gospel question &endash; how is this good news? No exegesis is complete without it being focused on the person and work of Christ (Luke 24:13-35).
Step four is finally the "us" question "How then does this text speak to us?" This question is often asked too early. It needs to wait until the other three steps have been completed.
This is the reason I call it a square is because of the 4 points that must be made to move to the application. Most aberrant exegesis can be traced to skipping one or more of the four steps (e.g. To move from step 1 to step 4 is moralism &endash; just do it. To move from 1 to 3 is mysticism &endash; Jesus without a context, etc.).- Sam Wheatley http://www.edmundclowney.com/

Benjamin Whichcote

Christ is God clothed with human nature. -- Benjamin Whichcote

Expect no greater happiness in Eternity, than to rejoice in God. --Benjamin Whichcote

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) In "Whistler Stories," by D. C. Seitz, 1913

Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five &endash; James Whistler

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this.James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies," "Propositions," 1890.

E. B. White (1899-1985)

To perceive Christmas through it`s wrapping becomes more difficult every year. -- E. B. White (The second tree from the corner)

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. -- E. B. White (1899-1985) "Lime," 1944.

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.- E. B. White

J. Gustav White

Our faith and our friendships are not shattered by one big act, but by many small neglects.... J. Gustav White

John White

There are no shortcuts to holiness. There is no easy way to conquer the flesh. Christian character is a matter of growth, not of secrets or formulas. Growth takes time. It also takes the discipline of prayer, of study, of heart searching, of sensitivity to the Holy Ghost's pleading, and of consistent obedience. It must always begin with a renewed thankfulness for the never-ending grace of God, and a sense of being set free repeatedly to a life of holiness.-- John White

True non-judgementalism is a logical impossibility. To forbid or exclude a value judgement is to assume, unconsciously, that the highest value is to have no values.-- John White

Evil indulged in eventually becomes evil that controls us.-- John White

Faith is not a feeling. It is not even the feeling that something is going to happen in answer to our prayers. Faith may be easier to exercise when such feelings are present. Nevertheless, feelings of that sort never constitute faith. Faith is a response on our part, the obedient response of our wills to who God is and what He says.-- John White

Recognise that peace and forgiveness do not depend on feelings of piety but on Christ and on what He has done. John White

Our aim is not "success" the way the world measures it but to please Christ by the way you tackle even work. Work is an act of worship to a Saviour.-- John White

Paul Dudley White

A vigorous five mile walk will do more good for an unhappy, but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.--Paul Dudley White

Stewart E. White

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you. --Stewart E. White

William Allen White (1868-1944)

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. William Allen White (1868-1944)

Consistency is the paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.--William Allen White

George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Go to bed seasonably, and rise early. Redeem your precious time: pick up the fragments of it, that not one moment of it may be lost. Be much in secret prayer. Converse less with man, and more with God.-- GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Your extremity shall be God's opportunity.- George Whitefield letter 25 July174

We can preach the Gospel of Christ no further than we have experienced the power of it in our own hearts.- George Whitefield journal: 1739

The regard I have always had for you is still great, in not greater than ever; and I trust we shall give this and future ages an example of true Christian love abiding, notwithstanding differences in judgment. - George Whitefireld letter to John Wesley, Whitefield, Works, vol 1, p.438

I always observe inward trials prepare me for, and are certain forerunners of, fresh mercies. -  George Whitefield , journal: DECEMBER 1, 1739

I never feel the power of religion more than when under outward or inward trials. It is that alone which can enable any man to sustain with patience and thankfulness his bodily infirmities. - George Whitefield , journal DECEMBER 18, 1739

Venture daily upon Christ, go out in His strength, and He will enable you to do wonders.-George Whitefield , letter: 26 July 1741

The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to tear down. George Whitefield

Be content with no degree of sanctification. Be always crying out, "Lord, let me know more of myself and of thee." -- George Whitefield ,letter:

Gladly shall I come whenever bodily strength will allow to join my testimony with yours in Olney pulpit, that God is love. As yet I have not recovered from the fatigues of my American expedition. My shattered bark is scarce worth docking any more. But I would fain wear, not rust, out. Oh! my dear Mr. Newton, indeed and indeed I am ashamed that I have done and suffered so little for Him that hath done and suffered so much for ill and hell-deserving me.
George Whitefield (1714-1770), letter to John Newton

Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again. -- George Whitefield

If I see a man who loves the Lord Jesus in sincerity, I am not very solicitous to what communion he belongs. The Kingdom of God, I think, does not consist in any such thing.-- GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he goes to the university of election and predestination. -- GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!-- GEORGE WHITEFIELD

It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God. GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Alfred North Whitehead, (1861-1947).

I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't.- Alfred North Whitehead, (1861-1947).

The learned tradition is not concerned with truth, but with the learned adjustment of learned statements of antecedent learned people. -- Alfred North Whitehead

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike. Alfred North Whitehead

Knowledge keeps no better than fish. - Alfred North Whitehead

Seek simplicity but distrust it. - Alfred North Whitehead, 1861 - 1947

Katharine Whitehorn

I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool. Katharine Whitehorn

Elizabeth Whitley

Small James (King of Scotland from one year old) twice disobeyed him (tutor George Buchanan, 60 years his senior) and then deliberately defied him to his face. Buchanan turned him up and laid on so heartily that Lady Mar came running, horrified by the howls to ask:"What dost though to the Lord's Annointed?'
"I have skelped(beaten) his airse, you may kiss it if you like!" he is said to have answered.
Elizabeth Whitley, The Two Kingdoms, Edinburgh, 1977

Bulstrode Whitelocke

He (Cromwell) would sometimes be very cheerful with us, and laying aside his greatness he would be exceeding familiar with us, and by way of diversion would make verses with us, and everyone must try his fancy. He commonly called for tobacco, pipes, and a candle, and would now and then take tobacco himself; then he would fall again to his serious and great business. -- Bulstrode Whitelocke, _Memorialls of English Affairs_, 1682

Glen Whitman

The Two Things about Women
1. When complaining, they don't want your advice, they want your sympathy.
2. Don't you dare tell them you can sum them up with just Two Things.
Glen Whitman  


Walt Whitman (1819 &endash; 1892)

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars...
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery...
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.
Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"

John Greeleaf Whittier (1809-1892)

For of all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) Maud Miller, stanza 53

The age is dull and mean. Men creep,
Not walk; with blood too pale and tame
To pay the debt we owe to shame;
Buy cheap, sell dear; eat, drink, and sleep
Down-pillowed, deaf to moaning want;
Pay tithes for soul-insurance; keep
Six day to Mammon, one to Cant.
John Greeleaf Whittier (1809-1892), For Righteousness' Sake, 1855

We search the world for truth;
We cull the good, the pure, the beautiful,
From all old flower fields of the soul;
And weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find that all the sages said,
Is in the Book our mothers read.
-John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)_Mariam_

David Whyte

Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, buy you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way.- David Whyte

Tom Wicker

As a reporter, I interviewed, traveled with, reported on, and deplored Richard Nixon's actions for much of his career. As a columnist, I frequently criticized his presidency. Later, after his political career was ended, I studied Nixon and his record, talked to his friends and enemies, reviewed my own words and memories, and concluded that he was neither evil nor a victim, except of himself--and we're all that kind of victim. - Tom Wicker _Character Above All_

Anne Widdicombe

....our times when it is unfashionable to be sure of anything, when anything is tolerated except intolerance and when any individual is infallible except the Pope. - Anne Widdicombe MP, The Path To Rome

Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference Elie Wiesel

Leon Wieseltier

In the memory of oppression, oppression peretuates itself. The scar does the work of the wound. That is the real tragedy: that injustice retains the power to distort long after it has ceased to be real. It is a posthumous victory for the oppressors, when pain becomes a tradition. This is the unfairly difficult dilemma of the newly emancipated and the newly enfranchised: an honorable life is not possible if they remember too little, and a normal life is not possible if they remember too much. -- Leon Wieseltier, "Scar Tissue", _The New Republic_, June 5, 1989

William Wilberforce

Brethren, it is easier to declaim against a thousand sins of others, God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the Slave Trade and the reformation of manners.-- William Wilberforce, diary, 1787

They charge me with fanaticism. If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large. --William Wilberforce, speech, House of Commons, 19 June 1816

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that flow.
'Tis the set of sails and not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Michael Wilcock

Beware the gifts of the Spirit without the fruits of the Spirit - Michael Wilcock, The Message of Judges, p86

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. -- Oscar Wilde

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public on all points is one of the first elements of sanity, one of the deepest consolations in all moments of spiritual doubt. ~ Oscar Wilde 1854-1900, lecture (1882)

Wilde once appeared onstage after one of his plays to accept a standing ovation. During the applause, however, someone in the audience threw a rotten cabbage on stage. The witty playwright simply leaned over, picked up the cabbage, and replied: "Thank you, my dear fellow. Every time I smell it, I shall be reminded of you."

Who, being loved, is poor?- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

A true friend stabs you in the front.- Oscar Wilde Commandments

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.-- Oscar Wilde

And when the wind and winter harden
All the loveless land,
It will whisper of the garden
You will understand
OW, Poems (1881) - to Constance

I seem to have heard that observation before. . . . It has all the vitality of error and all the tediousness of an old friend. -- Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.-- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language. -- Oscar Wilde, THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, I

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.--Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Experience - the name men give to their mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. -- Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means. Oscar Wilde

People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards. Oscar Wilde

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox--the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.--Oscar Wilde, _A Woman of No Importance_

There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves. -- Oscar Wilde

Come down, O Son of God! incestuous gloom
Curtains the land, and through the starless night
Over thy Cross the Crescent moon I see!
If thou in very truth didst burst the tomb
Come down, O Son of Man! and show thy might,
Lest Mahomet be crowned instead of Thee!

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde

The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. --Oscar Wilde

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.-- Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch 1

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.
Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol).

Misfortunes one can endure: they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults--ah! there is the sting of life.
Oscar Wilde, _Lady Windermere's Fan_

Good resolutions are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account.--Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.--Oscar Wilde

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are.That is the difference between the sexes.-- Oscar Wilde

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.-- Oscar Wilde

And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed ~ Oscar Wilde

The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity ~ Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. -- Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians. Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being love brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Those things which the English public never forgives -youth, power and enthusiasm. ~ Oscar Wilde, in R. Ross, Collected Works of Oscar Wilde (1908)

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and prevents arguments. ~ Oscar Wilde, The Remarkable Rocket.

Thornton Wilder (1897 -1975)

Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion. - Thornton Wilder (1897 -1975)

Kaiser Wilhelm

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world. --Kaiser Wilhelm

John Wilkes (1725 &endash; 1797)

Voter: "I'd sooner vote for the devil."
John Wilkes (1725 &endash; 1797): "And if your friend is not standing?"

[Earl of Sandwich:] 'Pon my soul, Wilkes, I don't know whether you'll die upon the gallows or of the pox.
[Wilkes:] That depends, my Lord, whether I first embrace your Lordship's principles, or your Lordship's mistresses.
Wilkes, John (1727-1797) in Sir Charles Petrie _The Four Georges_ (1935) Probably apocryphal.

George Will (1941 &endash; )

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings. -- George Will

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.--George F. Will (1941- )_The Leveling Wind_ [1994]

Often nowadays we hear a question posed that is not really a question. It is an oblique assertion of what the ostensible questioner considers a self-evident truth. The question is: Should we not all respect and honor one's differences? The gravamen of the "question" invariably is that differences of race, ethnicity and sexuality all should be "respected" and "honored."
I disagree. Why should respect and honor accrue to accidents of birth? Given that they are accidents, what, precisely, is there to honor? Surely, respect is owed to, and honor should flow to _individuals_, for their attainments of intellectual or moral excellence, not merely because of any membership in any group. -- George Will

The homosexual subculture based on brief, barren assignations is, in part, a dark mirror of the sex-obsessed majority culture. George Will, 1977

So the Clinton-Gore era culminates with an election as stained as the blue dress, a Democratic chorus complaining that the Constitution should not be the controlling legal authority, and Clinton's understudy dispatching lawyers to litigate this: "It depends on what the meaning of 'vote' is.-- George Will

Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good. - George Will

Dallas Willard

Thomas a Kempis speaks for all the ages when he represents Jesus as saying to him, "A wise lover regards not so much the gift of him who loves, as the love of him who gives. He esteems affection rather than valuables, and sets all gifts below the Beloved. A noble-minded lover rests not in the gift, but in Me above every gift." The sustaining power of the Beloved Presence has through the ages made the sickbed sweet and the graveside triumphant; transformed broken hearts and relations; brought glory to drudgery, poverty and old age; and turned the martyr's stake or noose into a place of coronation.
Dallas Willard, Hearing God [1999], p.45


It was a particular condescension of the Son of God, to be born of any of Adam's sinful children. True honour in God's account consists in holiness, and sin is to Him the vilest disgrace. Original sin in Christ's mother had made her more contemptible and ignoble than anything else could; had she been an empress, it would yet have been to Christ an abasing of himself to derive his humanity from her. That a clean thing should come out of an unclean is strange; for though she was sanctified by grace, nevertheless she had not attained spotless perfection, but still had the stain and pollution of sin on her. As it is a disgrace to have a traitor as one's father, so it is no less to have a sinner for one's mother. Thus Christ, though without sin, would be intimately related to sinners, for whose sake he came into the world. - SAMUEL WILLARD

Bern Williams

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. --Bern Williams

Kenneth Williams

I wonder if anyone will ever know the emptiness of my life. Personal Diary - Last entry "Oh what's the point?"
Kenneth Williams

Maurice A. Williams

What an eye opener! This man, so highly revered as an expert on human thinking, doesn't himself understand who God is and what God has done, even with Job.~Maurice A. Williams (on Jung)

Robin Williams 

God gave us a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time. -- Robin Williams 

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace. -Tennessee Williams, _Memoir

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal. --Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

Walter Williams

Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.--Walter Williams

William Williams

While Mr. Spurgeon was living at Nightingale Lane, Clapham, an excursion was one day organised by one of the young men's classes at the Tabernacle. The brake with the excursionists was to call for the President on their way to mid-Surrey.
It was a beautiful early morning, and the men arrived in high spirits, pipes and cigars alight, and looking forward to a day of unrestrained enjoyment. Mr. Spurgeon was ready waiting at the gate. He jumped up to the box-seat reserved for him, and looking round with an expression of astonishment, exclaimed: "What, gentlemen! Are you not ashamed to be smoking so early?"
Here was a damper! Dismay was on every face. Pipes and cigars one by one failed and dropped out of sight. When all had disappeared, out came the President's cigar-case. He lit up and smoked away serenely. The men looked at him astonished. "I thought you said you objected to smoking, Mr. Spurgeon?" one ventured.
"Oh no, I did not say I objected. I asked if they were not ashamed, and it appears they were, for they have all put their pipes away." Amid laughter the pipes reappeared, and with puffs of smoke the party went on merrily.
William Williams, Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Personal Reminiscences (London: The Religious Tract Society,1895.), 30-32.

William Carlos Williams

The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost. -William Carlos Williams

Gary Willis

Only the winners decide what were war crimes. Gary Willis

Nathaniel Parker Willis

Nature's noblemen are everywhere, in town and out of town, gloved and rough-handed, rich and poor. Prejudice against a lord because he is a lord, is losing the chance of finding a good fellow, as much as prejudice against a ploughman because he is a ploughman.-- Nathaniel Parker Willis, 19thC

Allan Winger

For me, as an old soldier, it has never been my place to ask my commander why this battle or this war is not over yet, or why peace has not come.- Allan Winger

A.N. Wilson

The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational. --A.N. Wilson, 1989

Charles Wilson

What's good for the country is good for General Motors, and vice versa.
Charles Wilson

Edmund Wilson

Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals. Edmund Wilson

Edward O. Wilson(1929 &endash; )

I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said "I will be so brief I have already finished," and he sat down. Edward O. Wilson, 1995

Geoffrey B Wilson

In Hebrew thought the word 'rest ' has a positive meaning and ' stands for consummation of a work accomplished and the joy and satisfaction attendant upon this. Such was its prototype in God...For mankind, too, a great task awaits to be accomplished, and at its close beckons a rest of joy and satisfaction that shall copy the rest of God. Before all other important things, therefore, the Sabbath is an expression of the eschatological principle on which the life of humanity has been constructed...It teaches its lesson through the rhythmical succession of six days of labour and one ensuing day of rest in each successive week. Man is reminded in this way that life is not an aimless existence, that a goal lies beyond.'
Geoffrey B Wilson, Hebrews, Banner of Truth, 1970, p52, quoting, G Vos, Biblical Theology, pp156-157.

Gordon Wilson

I bear no ill-will against those responsible for this. That sort of talk will not bring her back to life. I shall pray for those people tonight and every night. I know there has to be a plan even though we might not understand it. God is good and we shall meet again.
Gordon Wilson, whose daughter was killed in the IRA bombing of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on 8 November 1987.

Harold Wilson (1916 &endash; 1995)

 He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.--Harold Wilson

Have you noticed how we only win the World Cup under a Labour Government ? - Harold Wilson 1966

Monte Wilson

The whole charismatic idea of true spirituality and of the normal Christian life is painfully close to the idea of a life touched by magic: perfect marriages, obedient children, no sickness, no divorce, no poverty, no tragedies, no defeats, no death. 'No dice,' saith God. - Monte Wilson

Sloan Wilson (1920 &endash; 2003)

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. - Sloan Wilson (1920 &endash; )

The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth. - Theodor AdornSuccess in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. - Sloan Wilson (1920 &endash; )

It's not a question of who's going to throw the first stone; it's a question of who's going to start building with it.--Sloan Wilson

Thomas Wilson

He that will not command his thoughts . . . will soon lose the command of his actions. --Thomas Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) (From Josephus Daniels' _The Wilson Era: Years of War and After_ [1946])

No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.-- Woodrow Wilson, speech, 1911

Liberty never came from government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. Woodrow Wilson Speech in New York, September 9, 1912

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.-- Woodrow Wilson:

Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim, nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have.--Woodrow Wilson

There is such a thing as a man too proud to fight.-Woodrow Wilson reacts to the sinking of the Lusitania on 7 May 1915

I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.~ Woodrow Wilson, 1919 ~

Duke of Windsor

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. -- The Duke of Windsor, Look, March 5, 1957

Edward Winslow

We planted last spring some 20 acres of Indian corn and sowed some 6 acres of barley and peas, and according to the manner of the Indians, we manured our ground with herrings or rather shads, which we have in great abundance and take with great ease at our doorsteps. We began to gather in the small harvest we had, and to fit up our houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. Others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All summer there was no lack. And now began to come in store of fowl as winter approached. And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which we took many, besides deer and other animals. Our harvest being gotten in, Governor Bradford sent four men on fowling and they in one day killed enough fowl to serve our company for a week. During this time, among other recreations, we exercised with our weapons, many of the Indians also coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king, Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out themselves and killed five deer, which they brought back to our settlement. Edward Winslow & William Bradford , from "Mourt's Relation " and "Of Plymouth Plantation").

Octavius Winslow

The religion of Christ is the religion of JOY. Christ came to take away our sins, to roll off our curse, to unbind our chains, to open our prisonhouse, to cancel our debt; in a word, to give us the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Is not this joy? Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? There is every element of joy - deep, ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying joy - in the gospel of Christ. The believer in Jesus is essentially a happy man. The child of God is, from necessity, a joyful man. His sins are forgiven, his soul is justified, his person is adopted, his trials are blessings, his conflicts are victories, his death is immortality, his future is a heaven of inconceivable, unthought-of, untold, and endless blessedness. With such a God, such a Saviour, and such a hope, is he not, ought he not, to be a joyful man? Octavius Winslow, THE SYMPATHY OF CHRIST, p. 215f.

If the marks of discipleship were merely an orthodox creed‚ excited feeling‚ denominational zeal‚ flaming partisanship, then there are many that "find the way." But if the true travellers are men of broken heart‚ poor in spirit‚ who mourn for sin‚ who know the music of the Shepherd's voice‚ who follow the Lamb‚ who delight in the throne of grace‚ and who love the place of the cross, then there are but ‚ few‚ with whom the true saints journey to heaven in fellowship and communion.
Ocatvius Winslow, Midnight Harmonies

Jonathan Winters

I couldn't wait for success so I went on ahead without it. -- JONATHAN WINTERS


Isaac Mayer Wise

The Greek grasped the present moment, and was the artist; the Jew worshipped the timeless spirit, and was the prophet. --Isaac Mayer Wise, "The Wandering Jew", 1877, _Selected Writings_

Stephen S. Wise

Recently at a public banquet I happened to sit next to a lady who tried to impress me by vouchsafing the information that one of her ancestors witnessed the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I could not resist replying: "Mine were present at the Giving of the Ten Commandments. -- Stephen S. Wise, 1923, in J. H. Hertz's _A Book of Jewish Thoughts_, 1924

Ludwig J J Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all. Of course there is then no question left, and just this is the answer. - L J J Wittgenstein, 1889-1951 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.52 (1921), translation C. K. Ogden and Frank Ramsey (1922)

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

P.G. Wodehouse

The fact that I am not a haggis addict is probably due to my having read Shakespeare. It is the same with many Englishmen. There is no doubt that Shakespeare has rather put us off the stuff.... You remember the passage to which I refer? Macbeth happens upon the three witches while they are preparing the evening meal. They are dropping things into the cauldron and chanting "Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog," and so on, and he immediately recognises the recipe. "How now, you secret, black and midnight haggis," he cries shuddering. -  P.G. Wodehouse

James Wolfe (1727-59)

The General ... repeated nearly the whole of Gray's Elegy .... adding, as he concluded, that he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow - Written of James Wolfe (1727-59) who died capturing Quebec.

Dennis Wolfberg

There's one advantage to being 102. No peer pressure. ~ Dennis Wolfberg

Adam Wolfson

Almost all modern liberal thought begins with the bedrock assumption that humans are basically good. Within this moral horizon something such as terrorism cannot really exist, except as a manifestation of injustice, or unfairness, or lack of decent social services. -- Adam Wolfson

David J. Wolpe

An old saying has it that there are three things we should not discuss in polite company: sex, politics and religion. We don't follow this advice when it comes to sex and politics. Sexuality, especially in the context of relationships, is an everyday topic of conversation. Office and national politics are discussed constantly. The third theme alone is missing. Next time you're at a party, try sidling up to someone, drink in hand, and ask, "So what do you think about God, anyway?" You will quickly find yourself alone. Everyone has his or her own ideas about God, we are told. But that is equally true of sex and politics. The truth seems to be that most of us have lost the knack for talking about the deepest issues of life. This lack impoverishes our conversation and, ultimately, our lives as well. David J. Wolpe

Kenneth Wolstenholme

They think it's all over - it is now - Kenneth Wolstenholme, June 1966.

Jill Holly Bethune Wood

 ... you do know what would have happened if it had been three wise WOMEN instead of men, don't you? They would have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, and brought disposable diapers as gifts. - Jill Holly Bethune Wood

Natalie Wood (1938 &endash; 1981)

The only time a woman can really succeed in changing a man is when he is a baby. - Natalie Wood (1938 &endash; 1981)

George E. Woodberry

The school of life embodies a compulsory education that no man escapes.--George E. Woodberry

The sense that someone else cares always helps, because it is the sense of love. George E. Woodberry

John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.-- John Wooden

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.John Wooden

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950)

In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent. It constrains men to recognize it.- Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) "Negro Makers of HIstory," 1928.

Clark Woodward

As far as sinking a ship with a bomb is concerned, you just can't do it. Rear Admiral Clark Woodward (1939)

Alexander Woollcott

Then I suppose I should tell you about Lord Reading's recent marriage to a woman some forty years younger than himself. The London Times account of the wedding ended, unfortunately, with this sentence 'The bridegroom's gift to the bride was an antique pendant.' -- Alexander Woollcott

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

How the bold teacher's doctrine, sanctified
By truth, shall spread, throughout the world dispersed.
William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets. Part II, XVII, To Wickliffe

I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea:
Nor England! Did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
~Wm Wordsworth, I Travelled Among Unknown Men (1801)

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh! raise us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
So didst thou travel on life's common way,
In cheerful godliness; and yet the heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
William Wordsworth, "London, 1802"

We must be free or die who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held.
William Wordsworth. 1770-1850

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given out hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for every thing, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.-Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
William Wordsworth

Virginia Woolf

The middle age of buggers is not to be contemplated without horror.--Virginia Woolf

Abraham Wright

I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty, and strengthened by my weakness....Thus was it with....Manasseh, when he was in affliction, "He besought the Lord his God": even that king's iron was more precious to him than his gold, his jail a more happy lodging than his palace, Babylon a better school than Jerusalem. What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! These, how crabbed soever, are our best friends. They are not, indeed, for our pleasure, but for our profit. --Abraham Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 &endash; 1959)

TV is chewing gum for the eyes. --Frank Lloyd Wright

N. T. Wright

The main motive for disestablishment, as we meet it in the press and elsewhere, is of course the old secularist agenda, coming from those who are offended that the Enlightenment hasn't been able to have its way with every area of society. When people argue that we live in a religiously plural society, they usually don't actually want to take those religions seriously; they are just repeating another bit of Enlightenment rhetoric, that there are so many religions that all are equally irrelevant. In fact, though of course non-Christian faiths must be taken seriously, they still only represent a tiny minority of people in this country. And there is good evidence that many leaders of Jewish and Muslim communities are much happier that Christianity is the established religion than they would be if secularism were to replace it. The Jews in particular know what that might mean - N. T. Wright, GOD AND CAESAR, THEN AND NOW, Lecture:, Monday 22 April 2002

Orville Wright (1871-1948)

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris ... [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping, -Orville Wright (1871-1948) US inventor, aviation pioneer

Richardson Wright

He clothed himself with our lowliness in order to invest us with his grandeur.--Richardson Wright

Steven Wright (1955 &endash; )

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Steven Wright

I poured spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone. ~ Stephen Wright

You can't have everything. Where would you put it? ---Steven Wright

Wilbur Wright (1867-1912)

I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights. This demonstration of my impotence as a prophet gave me such a shock that ever since I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions. --Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) _In a speech to the Aero Club of France_ [November 5, 1908]

William Wycherley

I weigh the man, not his title: 'tis not the king's inscription can make the metal better or heavier.--William Wycherley

John Wycliffe (?1330-1384)

I believe that in the end truth will conquer.--John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bishop has not laid hands upon him according to his traditions, God has Himself appointed him.... John Wycliffe (1320?-1384)

This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.-- --John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

There was good reason for the silence of the Holy Spirit as to how,when, in what form Christ ordained the apostles, the reason being to show the indifferency of all forms of words. ---John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

Our clerics neither evangelize like the apostles, nor go to was like the secular lords, nor toil like labourers.----John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

.The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life,the stronger the enemy's temptations.----John Wycliffe (?1330-1384) in The Lion Christian Quotation Collection, 1997

Christ during His life upon earth was of all men the poorest, casting from Him all worldly authority. I deduce from these premises... that the Pope should surrender all temporal authority to the civil power and advise his clergy to do the same.
John Wycliffe in 1384 dismissing an order to appear before The Papal Court, in Chambers Dictionary of Quotations, 1996.

N C Wyeth

But it is good to repeat fundamental truths and, if possible, bring them into new and fresh focus. A great truth is like a mountain that one walks around, and the changes of its contour, as one moves his position, only emphasize and revivify its majesty. - N C Wyeth

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