P.G. Wodehouse (Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse)
(1881 - 1975) Influential British Author, Playwright, lyricist and humorist; inventor of Jeeves; master of similies
Poems by P. G. Wodehouse
- The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. [from The Adventures of Sally, 1922]
- At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies. [from The Adventures of Sally, 1922]
- He trusted neither of them as far as he could spit, and he was a poor spitter, lacking both distance and control. [from The Adventures of Sally, 1922]
- It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. [from The Man Upstairs, 1914]
- Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good. [from The Adventures of Sally, 1922]
- He resembled a minor prophet who had been hit behind the ear with a stuffed eel-skin. [from Ukridge, 1924]
- 'Yes, sir,' said Jeeves in a low, cold voice, as if he had been bitten in the leg by a personal friend. [from Carry On, Jeeves, 1924]
- The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say `When!' [from Very Good, Jeeves, 1930]
- To my daughter Leonora without whose never failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been completed in half the time. [dedication to The Heart of a Goof, 1926]
- Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove. [from Very Good, Jeeves, 1930]
- However devoutly a girl may worship the man of her choice, there always comes a time when she feels an irresistible urge to haul off and let him have it in the neck. [from Joy in the Morning, 1947]
- Breakfast had been prepared by the kitchen maid, an indifferent performer who had used the scorched earth policy on the bacon again. [from Spring Fever, 1948]
- To say that his conscience was clear would be inaccurate, for he did not have a conscience, but he had what was much better, an alibi. [from The Girl in Blue, 1970]
- She had a beaky nose, tight thin lips, and her eye could have been used for splitting logs in the teak forests of Borneo. [from Much Obliged, Jeeves, 1971]
- I donít suppose she would recognize a deep, beautiful thought if you handed it to her on a skewer with tartar sauce.
from The Code of the Woosters, 1938
- I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.
- He was, as I had already been able to perceive, a breath-taking cove. About seven feet in height, and swathed in a plaid ulster which made him look about six feet across, he caught the eye and arrested it. It was as if Nature had intended to make a gorilla and had changed its mind at the last moment.
- Stiffy was one of those girls who enjoy in equal quantities the gall of an army mule and the calm insouciance of a fish on a slab of ice.
- I donít know if you have had the same experience, but a thing I have found in life is that from time to time, as you jog along, there occur moments which you are able to recognize immediately with the naked eye as high spots. Something tells you that they are going to remain etched, if etched is the word I want, for ever on the memory and will come back to you at intervals down the years, as you are dropping off to sleep, banishing that drowsy feeling and causing you to leap on the pillow like a gaffed salmon.
John Wooden (John Robert Wooden)
(1910 - ) American Basketball Player and Coach; winner of 10 NCAA Championships at UCLA; most influential coach in the development of the game
- It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- Be quick but don't hurry.
- If you're not putting pressure on yourself you're cheating.
- Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
- Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
- A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork.
(1759 - 1797) British Author, historian, philosopher and womens' rights activist
- No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. [from A Vindication of the Rights of Men, 1790]
- It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world. [from A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792]
- A modest man is steady, an humble man timid, and a vain one presumptuous. [from A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792]
- Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil. [from The French Revolution, 1794]
- The same energy of character which renders a man a daring villain would have rendered him useful to society, had that cosiety been well organized. [from Letters, 1796]
(1882 - 1941) Influential British novelest and essayist
- For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. [from A Room of One's Own, 1929]
- Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
- Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. [from Modern Fiction, 1925]
- The beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. [from A Room of One's Own, 1929]
- On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
- Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death -- others through sheer inability to cross the street [from The Waves, 1931]
- Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. [from A Room of One's Own, 1929]
- If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. [from The Moment and Other Essays, 1948 ]
- One cannot think well, love well, sleep well -- if one has not dined well.
- Biography is to give a man some kind of shape after his death.
F.W. Woolworth (Franklin Winfield Woolworth)
(1852 - 1919) American Merchant; founder of F.W. Woolworth Company, the first "five and dime" discount chain store
- Dreams never hurt anybody if you keep working right behind the dreams to make as much of them become real as you can.
(1770 - 1850) English Poet; Poet Laureate 1843 - 1850
Poems by William Wordsworth
- Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her.
- Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished. [letter, 1807]
- Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science. [preface to Lyrical Ballands, 1800]
Frank Lloyd Wright
(1867-1959) Highly Influential American Architect, known for unique homes and buildings influenced by their settings
- Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Less is only more where more is no good.
- I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
- The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
- No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.
- Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
- I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist.
- The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
- The truth is more important than the facts.
- A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward.
- No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. 
- Pictures deface walls oftener than they decorate them. 
- Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
- Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
- An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
- True ornament is not a matter of prettifying externals. It is organic with the structure it adorns, whether a person, a building, or a park.
- TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. 
- The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. 
- The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings. [article in the New York Times, October 4, 1953]
- The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- The architect must be a prophet -- a prophet in the true sense of the term -- if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.
- I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. [quoted from his obituary, April 9, 1959]
- Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. [from The Living City, 1958]
(N/A) American Editorial Cartoonist
- If Darwin's theory of evolution was correct, cats would be able to operate a can opener by now.
(1955 - ) American Commedian
The Alphabetical Steven Wright
- What's another word for Thesaurus?
- The Meaning Of Life: The reason that we're all here is that it was too crowded where we were supposed to go.
- I went to a store and asked if they had anything to put under coasters.
- If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?
- My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
- Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time.
- If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?