(N/A) American Pianist, Artistic director of the Spoleto USA Festival for 30 years
- By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
(1935 - ) American writer, director, and producer; best known for writing comedy material for Lily Tomlin; winner of numerous Emmy and other awards
- A sobering thought: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
- When you're dancing the mystical dance of the molecules, you're not the one who's leading. 
- Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
- If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
- All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. 
- If I had known what it would be like to have it all, I might have been willing to settle for less. 
- Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination. 
- If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
- If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.
- Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
- Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying — but when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic?
- The best mind-altering drug is truth. 
(1813 - 1883) German composer, conductor and music theorist, known for his dramatic operas
- Joy is not a thing, it is in us.
- I write music with an exclamation point!
- I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.
- I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired.
- Certain things in Mozart will and can never be excelled.
- From wisdom, understanding.
From understanding, compassion.
From compassion, love.
- Joy is not in things; it is in us.
(1944 - ) American Poet, essayist, and novelist, known best for her book The Color Purple
- Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
- I am preoccupied with the spiritual, the survival whole of my people. But beyond that, I am committed to exploring the oppressions, the insanities, the loyalties, and the triumphs of Black women. [interview, 1973]
- Is there no place in a revolution for someone who cannot kill? [from Meridian, 1976]
- The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'
- The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.
- I think it pisses God off if you walk past the color purple in a field and don't notice it. [from The Color Purple, 1982]
- She look like she ain't long for this world but dressed well for the next. [from The Color Purple, 1982]
- People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
- Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?
- The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
- No person is you friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Lew Wallace (Lewis Wallace)
(1827 - 1905) Union Army General in the US Civil War, author, and Governor of New Mexico; known best for his book Ben Hur, published in 1880.
- One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.
Mark J. Wallace, PhD
(N/A) American Author and management consultant.
- Life is a continual upgrade.
William Ross Wallace
(1819 - 1881) Engish Poet
Poems by William Ross Wallace
- Every man dies - Not every man really lives.
- The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. [poem title]
(1717 - 1797) 4th Earl of Orford
- This world is a comedy for those who think but a tragedy for those who feel. [letter, 1776]
- It is charming to totter into vogue. [letter, 1765]
- The best sun we have is made of Newcastle Coal [letter, 1768]
(1593 - 1683) English Biographer and Angler.
- 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. [from The Compleat Angler, 1653]
(1929 - ) American Journalist, Television News Anchor, interviewer famed for making her subjets appear more human (and bringing them to tears)
- The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures.
- Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.
- Parenting is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, can get a puppy.
- A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
- To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.
- Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna - or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
- Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.
- Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she doesn't is someone whom I admire but have never met.
Sam Walton (Samuel Moore Walton)
(1918 - 1992) American retailing entrepreneur, billionaire, and Eagle Scout; founder and Chairman of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores
- There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
- I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America. I am just trying to get ideas, any kind of ideas that will help our company. Most of us don't invent ideas. We take the best ideas from someone else.
- Capital isn't scarce; vision is.
- There's a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of.
- Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
- High expectations are the key to everything.
- I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
E. F. Ware (Eugene Fitch Ware)
(1841 - 1911) American Journalist, editor, lawyer, poet, and Captain in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War
- The lightning-bug is brilliant, but he hasn't any mind;
He stumbles through existence with his head-light on behind. - from The Lightning-Bug
- I have come to the conclusion that the poet Pope was right when he said that the proper study of mankind was man. Man is subject to two terrible diseases that stay with him and haunt him, and burden his life. One of these diseases is youth, the other is old age. 
Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola)
(1928 - 1987) Influential American Artist, author, filmmaker, and icon of popular culture.
- In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes. [Swedish exhibition catalog, 1968]
- Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
- An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he, for some reason, thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
- During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered.
- Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
- Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.
- I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.
- I like boring things.
- I never read. I just look at pictures.
- I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say "figment".
- I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions on what to paint. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, "Well, what do you love most?" That's how I started painting money.
- I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
- It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
- People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don't look and it's magic.
- My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person.
- The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
- Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job.
Harry Warner (Harold Morris Warner
(1881 - 1958) A founder of Warner Brothers Movie Studios; close friend of President Rooseveldt (FDR);
- Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? 
(1732 - 1799) American Farmer, Commander of U.S. forces during the American Revolutionary War, and first President of the United States
- Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. 
- Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. [letter to Benedict Arnold, 1775]
- Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth. 
- The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therfore, to resolve to conquer or die. [Address before the Battle of Long Island, August 1776]
- Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive. And with it, everything honorable and glorious. [letter, 1781]
- If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. [Address to Army officers, 1783]
- Over-grown military establishments are, under any form of government, inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
- To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
- Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. [speech before Congress, resigning from his Army Comission, 1783]
- Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country. 
- Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing, who have performed the meanest office in erecting this stupendous fabrick of Freedom and Empire on the broad basis of Independency; who have assisted in protecting the rights of humane nature and establishing an Asylum for the poor and oppressed of all nations and religions. [Gemneral Orders, 1873]
- All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. [Letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, 1790]
- It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. [Letter to Harriet Washington, 1791]
- I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. [Letter to Edward Newenham, 1792]
- Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
- A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
- Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds. A plain, genteel dress is more admired, obtains more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.
- Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline -- for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.
- We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience.
- We ought to be persuaded that 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.
- Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
Bill Watterson (William B. Watterson II)
(1958 - ) American Cartoonist, patent examiner and patent attorney; creator of Calvin & Hobbes
- You can lead people to truth, but you can't make them understand it: the story of my youth, as seen from the present.
- History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction. That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change. We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices.
- I think life should be more like TV. I think all of life's problems ought to be solved in 30 minutes with simple homilies, don't you? I think weight and oral hygiene ought to be our biggest concerns. I think we should all have powerful, high-paying jobs, and everyone should drive fancy sports cars. All our desires should be instantly gratified. Women should always wear tight clothing, and men should carry powerful handguns. Life overall should be more glamorous, thrill-packed, and filled with applause, don't you think? Then again, if real life was like that, what would we watch on television?
- Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it's to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You'll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you're doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you'll hear about them. [Commencement Address at Kenyon College, 1990]
- People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. 
- Sometimes I think books are the only friends worth having. - Susie
- Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous? - Hobbes
- But for my own example, I'd never believe one little kid could have so much brains! - Calvin
- Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, "I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em!"? - Calvin
- I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night. - Calvin
- Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them. - Hobbes
- It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool. - Calvin
- Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. - Calvin
- My life needs a rewind/erase button. - Calvin
- I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know. - Calvin
- I wonder if you can refuse to inherit the world? - Calvin
- As far as I'm concerned, if something is so complicated that you can't explain it in 10 seconds, then it's probably not worth knowing anyway. - Calvin
- Every time I've built character, I've regretted it. - Calvin
- I like maxims that don't encourage behavior modification. - Calvin
- I think nighttime is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction. - Calvin
- The only skills I have the patience to learn are those that have no real application in life. - Calvin
- So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they're already met? - Hobbes
- It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning. - Calvin
- It's only work if somebody makes you do it. - Calvin
- Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one. - Calvin
- If you do the job badly enough, sometimes you don't get asked to do it again. - Calvin
- It's going to be a grim day when the world is run by a generation that doesn't know anything but what it's seen on TV. - Calvin's Dad
- In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. - Calvin
- - Calvin
- Life's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for your actions. - Calvin
- To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible. - Calvin
- You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help. - Calvin
- I don't know which is worse...that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low. - Hobbes
- Live and don't learn, that's us. - Calvin
- When I grow up, I'm not going to read the newspaper and I'm not going to follow complex issues and I'm not going to vote. That way I can complain when the government doesn't represent me. Then, when everything goes down the tubes, I can say the system doesn't work and justify my further lack of participation. - Calvin
- That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse. - Calvin
- You know, there are times when it's a source of personal pride to not be human. - Hobbes
- Questions I know the answers to I don't need to ask, right? - Calvin
- People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world. - Calvin
- Never argue with a six-year-old who shaves. - Calvin
- My parents' idea of a wild night is to mix a scoop of real coffee in with a decaf. - Calvin
Thomas J. Watson Sr.
(1874 - 1956) Salesman and industrialist; founder and first Chief Executive Officer of IBM Corporation
- For your information, effective February 14, 1924, the name Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. has been changed to International Business Machines Corporation. - from a letter to employees
- All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.
- Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all. Good design must primarily serve people.
- Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.
- If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
- If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
- Good design is good business.
- I am not a very intelligent person, but I am smart in spots, and I stick to those spots.
- Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.
- Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous - not just to some people in some circumstances - but to everyone all the time.
(1933 - ) American political commentator and television host
- The plural of anecdote is data.
Alan Watts (Alan Wilson Watts)
(1915 - 1973) British Philosopher, author, and speaker
- No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
- Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. 
- Life is a game, the first rule of which is that it is not a game.
- Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. 
- Running away from fear is fear; fighting pain is pain; trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. [from The Wisdom of Insecurity, 1951]
- Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment.
- When no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become selfserving busybodies.