William

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+ 724 And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
Jaques, Act II, scene vii.
Hamlet (1600–1) William Shakespeare


+ 544 My pride fell with my fortunes. William Shakespeare


+ 470 Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare


+ 286 Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. William Penn


+ 365 What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride! William Blake


+ 365 There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you. William Hazlitt


+ 382 Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. William Butler Yeats


+ 317 What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars. William Wordsworth


+ 329 Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity. William Hazlitt


+ 396 My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. William Tecumseh Sherman


+ 363 My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. William Tecumseh Sherman


+ 313 My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering. William Gilbert


+ 285 The strongest of all governments is that which is most free. William Henry Harrison


+ 263 The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. William Henry Harrison


+ 294 Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more. William Henry Harrison


+ 331 Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth. William McKinley


+ 277 War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed. William McKinley


+ 314 Illiteracy must be banished from the land if we shall attain that high destiny as the foremost of the enlightened nations of the world which, under Providence, we ought to achieve. William McKinley


+ 273 We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny. William McKinley


+ 268 The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation. William McKinley


+ 246 Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles. William McKinley


+ 305 The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake. William McKinley


+ 334 Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century. William McKinley


+ 315 Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century. William McKinley


+ 326 Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth. William McKinley


+ 269 Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. William McKinley


+ 300 Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. William McKinley


+ 282 Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. William McKinley


+ 290 I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles. William McKinley


+ 328 I am a Unitarian. I believe in God. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. William Howard Taft


+ 256 The welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. William Howard Taft


+ 277 If humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain. William Howard Taft


+ 241 We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government. William Howard Taft


+ 320 I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town. William Howard Taft


+ 292 I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade of each becomes more valuable to the other. William Howard Taft


+ 322 One of the marvelous things about him is that he is strong enough to force the men who dislike him the most to stand by him. By far he is the strongest man before the people to-day except Roosevelt. I think his greatest fault is his failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done. This is a great weakness in any man. I think it was one of the strongest things about Roosevelt. He never tried to minimize what other people did and often exaggerated it. William Howard Taft


+ 392 I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God. William Howard Taft


+ 363 The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress. William Howard Taft


+ 330 The diplomacy of the present administration has sought to respond to modern ideas of commercial intercourse. This policy has been characterized as substituting dollars for bullets. It is one that appeals alike to idealistic humanitarian sentiments, to the dictates of sound policy and strategy, and to legitimate commercial aims. William Howard Taft


+ 358 Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft


+ 255 The truth is that in my present life I don’t remember that I ever was president. William Howard Taft


+ 343 Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft


+ 197 Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life. Tennessee Williams


+ 240 Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. William Howard Taft


+ 290 I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose. William Temple


+ 229 Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. William Warburton


+ 391 As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. William Shakespeare


+ 355 Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. William Shakespeare


+ 387 Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved. William Congreve


+ 343 Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare


+ 240 A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare


+ 303 Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare


+ 260 It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


+ 350 All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. William Shakespeare


+ 326 If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? William Shakespeare


+ 349 This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare


+ 380 If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare


+ 303 Hell is empty and all the devils are here. William Shakespeare


+ 299 Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare


+ 289 The wheel is come full circle. William Shakespeare


+ 302 Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare


+ 271 Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare


+ 268 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare


+ 368 The course of true love never did run smooth. William Shakespeare


+ 280 When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. William Shakespeare


+ 316 Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. William Shakespeare


+ 281 No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare


+ 298 What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare


+ 281 This above all; to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare


+ 234 The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. Tennessee Williams


+ 245 No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake


+ 258 When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward


+ 266 To be free is to have achieved your life. Tennessee Williams


+ 280 We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare


+ 249 Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings. William C. Bryant


+ 274 We may be personally defeated, but our principles never! William Lloyd Garrison


+ 243 There are two kinds of fools, some say: “It’s old, and therefore good” and others say: It is new, and therefore better. William Inge


+ 277 The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare, As You Like It


+ 330 You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. William Blake


+ 241 The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. - William Arthur Ward


+ 195 Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare


+ 247 Be great in act, as you have been in thought. William Shakespeare


+ 232 For they are yet ear-kissing arguments. William Shakespeare


+ 331 God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty! William Shakespeare


+ 273 He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself. William Shakespeare


+ 293 How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. William Shakespeare


+ 253 How use doth breed a habit in a man. William Shakespeare


+ 284 I am not bound to please thee with my answers. William Shakespeare


+ 267 I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound'. William Shakespeare


+ 251 I dote on his very absence. William Shakespeare


+ 313 I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. William Shakespeare


+ 232 I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. William Shakespeare


+ 251 If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul. William Shakespeare


+ 230 Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. William Shakespeare


+ 280 In a false quarrel there is no true valour. William Shakespeare


+ 272 In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility. William Shakespeare


+ 299 In time we hate that which we often fear. William Shakespeare


+ 255 It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after. William Shakespeare


+ 306 Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. William Shakespeare


+ 297 Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me and my life is done. William Shakespeare


+ 282 Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. William Shakespeare


+ 227 Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners. William Shakespeare


+ 224 Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. William Shakespeare


+ 222 I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. William Shakespeare


+ 278 Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. William Shakespeare


+ 206 Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare


+ 225 When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar. William Faulkner


+ 215 Writing is thinking on paper. William Zinsser


+ 276 You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work. William Gibson


+ 191 Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. William Shakespeare


+ 220 Invent your own mythology or be slave to another man’s. William Blake


+ 270 If you haven't got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you'll only have to throw away the first three pages. William Campbell Gault


+ 283 The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies. William Faulkner


+ 318 In a thousand words I can have the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that? Roy H. Williams


+ 284 Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue. William Sloane


+ 244 The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James


+ 280 The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James


+ 359 Here in this Babylon, that’s festering
forth as much evil as the rest of the earth;
Here where true Love deprecates his worth,
as his powerful mother pollutes everything.
Here where evil is refined and good is cursed,
and tyranny, not honor, has its way;
Here where the Monarchy, in disarray,
blindly attempts to mislead God, and worse.
Here in this labyrinth, where Royalty,
willingly, chooses to succumb before the Gates of Greed and Infamy;
Here in this murky chaos and delirium,
I carry out my tragic destiny,
but never will I forget you, Jerusalem!
William Baer


+ 250 Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. William Faulkner, The Wild Palms [If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem]


+ 217 Love doesn't die; the men and women do. William Faulkner, The Wild Palms [If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem]


+ 323 Jerusalem (1804)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green
And was the holy lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen

And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills

Bring me my bow of burning gold
Bring me my arrows of desire
Bring me my spears o'clouds unfold
Bring me my chariot of fire

I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Til we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land
William Blake


+ 204 We become what we behold. William Blake, Jerusalem


+ 271 The beginning of Christendom, is, strictly, at a point out of time. A metphysical trigonometry finds it among the spiritual Secrets, at the meeting of two heavenward lines, one drawn from Bethany along the Ascent of the Messias, the other from Jerusalem against the Descent of the Paraclete. That measurement, the measurement of eternity in operation, of the bright cloud and the rushing wind, is, in effect, theology. Charles Williams, The Descent of the Dove


+ 350 Wild eyes were another sign. It is something I have seldom seen — the expression of an ecstatic state — though much is foolishly written of them, as if they grew like Jerusalem artichokes along the road. The eyes are black, right enough, whatever their normal color is; they are black because their perception is condensed to a coal, because the touch and taste and perfume of the lover, the outcry of a dirty word, a welcome river, have been reduced in the heat of passion to a black ash, and this unburnt residue of oxidation, this calyx, replaces the pupil so it no longer receives but sends, and every hair is on end, though perhaps only outspread on a pillow, and the nostrils are flared, mouth agape, cheeks sucked so the whole face seems as squeezed as a juiced fruit; I know, for once Lou went into that wildness while we were absorbing one another, trying to kiss, not merely forcefully, not the skull of our skeleton, but the skull and all the bones on which the essential self is hung, kiss so the shape of the soul is stirred too, that's what is called the ultimate French, the furtherest fuck, when a cock makes a concept cry out and climax; I know, for more than once, though not often, I shuddered into that other region, when a mouth drew me through its generosity into the realm of unravel, and every sensation lay extended as a lake, every tie was loosed, and the glue of things dissolved. I knew I wore the wild look then. The greatest gift you can give another human being is to let them warm you till, in passing beyond pleasure, your defenses fall, your ego surrenders, its structure melts, its towers topple, lies, fancies, vanities, blow away in no wind, and you return, not to the clay you came from — the unfired vessel — but to the original moment of inspiration, when you were the unabbreviated breath of God. William H. Gass, The Tunnel


+ 246 And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
William Blake


+ 285 American and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted. William J. Clinton, President of the United States


+ 271 Why shouldn't we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet? William Gibson


+ 296 Love me or hate me,
both are in my favour..
If you love me,
I'll always be in your heart,
if you hate me,
I'll always be in your mind.
William Shakespeare


+ 232 No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams


+ 231 Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves? Robin Williams


+ 226 You are only given a little spark of madness. You must not lose it. Robin Williams


+ 273 For me, comedy starts as a spew, a kind of explosion, and then you sculpt it from there, if at all. It comes out of a deeper, darker side. Maybe it comes from anger, because I'm outraged by cruel absurdities, the hypocrisy that exists everywhere, even within yourself, where it's hardest to see. Robin Williams


+ 230 Being in the same room with people and creating something together is a good thing. Robin Williams


+ 198 Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' Robin Williams


+ 259 I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone. Robin Williams


+ 195 It doesn't matter if it's a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn't make you happy let it go. William Chapman


+ 266 A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence


+ 231 Business and life are like a bank account-you can’t take out more than you put in. William Feather


+ 83 Parting is such sweet sorrow. William Shakespeare


+ 53 Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. William Congreve


+ 66 Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. William Blake


+ 92 We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare


+ 81 The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward


+ 81 The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward


+ 74 The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake


+ 101 So powerfully does fortune appear to sway the destinies of men, putting a silver spoon into one man's mouth, and a wooden one into another's, that some of the most sagacious of men, as Cardinal Mazarin and Rothschild, seem to have been inclined to regard luck as the first element of worldly success; experience, sagacity, energy, and enterprise as nothing, if linked to an unlucky star. William Mathews


+ 93 I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn't happiness. William Saroyan, The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills


+ 89 But 'tis a sad thing that all one's happiness is only that the world does not know you are miserable. Dorothy Osborne, Letters to Sir William Temple


+ 111 I've had lots of kids come up and ask for my autograph, I've had a grandmother stop me and ask me if I know a good place to buy underwear. Prince William


+ 109 As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother. Prince William


+ 105 I hope I'm not a tourist attraction - I'm sure that they come here really because St. Andrews is just amazing, a beautiful place. Prince William


+ 101 I hope I'm not a tourist attraction - I'm sure that they come here really because St. Andrews is just amazing, a beautiful place. Prince William


+ 95 My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring. Prince William


+ 104 I'm always open for people saying I'm wrong because most of the time I am. Prince William


+ 96 I am and always will be an HRH. But out of personal choice I like to be called William because that is my name and I want people to call me William - for now. Prince William


+ 101 I think it's very important that you make your own decision about what you are. Therefore you're responsible for your actions, so you don't blame other people. Prince William


+ 92 Only the mad girls chase me, I think. Prince William


+ 101 People say it's not ambitious, but it is actually quite ambitious wanting to help people. Prince William


+ 101 You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong - it went really, really well and I was really pleased when she said yes. Prince William


+ 107 It's my mother's engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all - this was my way of keeping her close to it all. Prince William


+ 116 No one is going to try to fill my mother's shoes, what she did was fantastic. It's about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that. Prince William


+ 102 I always remember having a healthy respect for my grandmother. Prince William


+ 114 As any new parent knows, you're only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything. Prince William


+ 109 I'm reasonably headstrong about what I believe in, and what I go for, and I've got fantastic people around me who give me great support and advice. Prince William


+ 113 My relationship with my grandmother has gone from strength to strength. As a shy, younger man it could be harder to talk about weighty matters. It was: 'This is my grandmother who is the Queen, and these are serious historical subjects.' Prince William


+ 110 It's like a rugby team. If you're picking for the World Cup final, you're picking experience with youth. Everything is better off having that balance and that mix. I think that, especially, goes for the monarchy as well. Prince William


+ 100 I'm still trying to decide. It's a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force. And I'd love to continue it. But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off or balancing the two of them has proven quite difficult. Prince William


+ 108 There's no pressure; like Kate said, it is about carving your own future. No one is going to try to fill my mother's shoes; what she did was fantastic. It's about making your own future and your own destiny, and Kate will do a very good job of that. Prince William


+ 99 When the Queen says 'well done,' it means so much. Prince William


+ 103 I just want to go to university and have fun - I want to be an ordinary student. I'm only going to university. It's not like I'm getting married - though that's what it feels like sometimes. Prince William


+ 112 There's been a lot of speculation about every single girl I'm with and it actually does quite irritate me after a while, more so because it's a complete pain for the girls. Prince William


+ 103 We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that. Prince William


+ 102 I get quite lazy about cooking because when I come back from work it is the last thing I want to do, really is spend loads of time cooking. Prince William


+ 93 When I was younger and my parents used to always slap my hand if I was picking my nose or if I was running around screaming I was told to shut up. Prince William


+ 99 I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson, like my brother as well. We both take the mickey a bit too much. Prince William


+ 100 Being a small boy it's very daunting seeing the Queen around and not really quite knowing what to talk about. Prince William


+ 98 I am as independent as I want to be, same as Catherine and Harry. We've all grown up differently to other generations and I very much feel if that I can do it myself, I want to do it myself. Prince William


+ 96 There are times where you can't do it yourself and the system takes over, or it's appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me. Prince William


+ 96 I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson like my brother as well. We both tend to take the mickey a bit much. Prince William


+ 94 I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson like my brother as well. We both tend to take the mickey a bit much. Prince William


+ 97 My grandmother certainly does not care for celebrity. Prince William


+ 142 I have to say that I thought search-and-rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a 3-week-old baby is up there! Prince William


+ 107 I'm just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future. Prince William


+ 90 We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare


+ 98 Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. – William S. Burroughs