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    Nothing so undermines organizational change as the failure to think through the losses people face.
    — William Bridges
    tags: failure  people  loss 
    At spare moments in the day, make it a point to contemplate the loss of whatever you value in life. Engaging in such contemplation can produce a dramatic transformation in your outlook on life. It can make you realize, if only for a time, how lucky you are - how much you have to be thankful for, almost regardless of your circumstances.
    — William Braxton Irvine
    The loss of...honest and industrious men's lives cannot be valued at any price.
    — William Bradford
    tags: live  loss 
    A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.
    — William A. Niskanen
    It is fair to say that insofar as sport is taken seriously by those who play it, then to that extent their conduct in play - their ability to deal with loss or victory, their ability to meld strategic thinking and brute force - can be taken as a small-scale model of how they, or others like them, might behave in life.
    — Will Self
    tags: loss  victory  thinking 
    When mourning the loss of our departed friends, I cannot help but think that in every death there is a birth; the spirit leaves the body dead to us, and passes to the other side of the veil alive to that great and noble company that are also working for the accomplishment of the purpose of God, in the redemption and salvation of a fallen world.
    — Wilford Woodruff
    Many people believe that decentralization means loss of control. That's simply not true. You can improve control if you look at control as the control of events and not people. Then, the more people you have controlling events - the more people you have that care about controlling the events, the more people you have proactively working to create favorable events - the more control you have within the organization, by definition.
    — Wilbur L. Creech
    Lack of accountability weakens the environmental and health rights of citizens; it damages peace- building and reconciliation initiatives; impedes the implementation of global health policies; leads to the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity; and weakens democracy, justice, human rights, and international security.
    — Widad Akrawi
    No one can train you to be famous. How do you deal with the loss of anonymity, the loss of privacy? You have to be disciplined.
    — Wesley Snipes
    tags: loss 
    I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a terribly attractive woman.
    — Wes Anderson
    tags: women  loss  mother  sorry 
    We turn to literature to remedy the loss, to impose some kind of meaningful order on the nonsequential.
    — Wendy Lesser
    tags: loss  literature 
    To suppress minority thinking and minority expression would tend to freeze society and prevent progress. Now more than ever we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.
    — Wendell Willkie
    I believe the moral losses of expediency always far outweigh the temporary gains.
    — Wendell Willkie
    tags: loss  believe  morals 
    Soil is not usually lost in slabs or heaps of magnificent tonnage. It is lost a little at a time over millions of acres by the careless acts of millions of people. It cannot be saved by heroic feats of gigantic technology, but only by millions of small acts and restraints, conditioned by small fidelities, skills, and desires. Soil loss is ultimately a cultural problem; it will be corrected only by cultural solutions.
    — Wendell Berry
    My dad died in May of '97. The effects of his death immediately were not all that hard, but a year or two later it hit, when my job as Dad was sort of done and I was sending my kids to college. And somehow, the emotional intensity of that event mixed with the loss of my own dad, was kind of upsetting.
    — Wayne Watson
    tags: death  loss  job  emotional  college  kids  year 
    It is comforting to know that there is at least one place where we can go and be confident that we will find an audience thirsting to find new music. Paste Magazine is that place. It's loss would create a very large black hole.
    — Wayne Coyne
    tags: loss  music  black 
    And people really behaved in a fraudulent way or something, we'll go back and find the culprits later on. But that really isn't the problem we have. I mean that's where it came from, though. We leveraged up and if you have a 20 percent fall in value of a $20 trillion asset, that's $4 trillion. And when $4 trillion lands - losses land in the wrong part of this economy, it can gum up the whole place.
    — Warren Buffett
    tags: people  loss  value  problem  wrong 
    I mourn the loss of the gigantic screen, but I guess you can't have everything.
    — Warren Beatty
    tags: loss 
    The post-war loss of Churchill may have damaged the Western world with the same impact as the post-civil war world was damaged by the loss of Lincoln.
    — Warren Adler
    tags: world  loss  war 
    The essential role of the environment is still marginal in discussions about poverty. While we continue to debate these initiatives, environmental degradation, including the loss of biodiversity and topsoil, accelerates, causing development efforts to falter.
    — Wangari Maathai
    When you are a part of a world that is within an enclosed system, the biggest threat is that the loss of contact with any voice from the outside - a point of reference that is different from you - becomes habitual. The loss of this reference makes the enclosed system seem perfect. I can still feel this kind of threat today, the voice that gives legitimacy to various kinds of enclosure.
    — Wang Jianwei
    tags: world  loss 
    One of the tricks of this business is, keep your losses down.
    — Walter Schloss
    tags: loss  business 
    In the business world, unwise men take more that they give. They do not realize that they are breaking the Universal Law which will eventually break them to an equal extent. It may not be balanced in the form of dollars and cents but in the loss of good-will upon which their future business depends.
    — Walter Russell
    tags: men  future  world  loss  law  business 
    Men endure the losses that befall them by mere casualty with more patience than the damages they sustain by injustice.
    — Walter Raleigh
    tags: men  loss  patience 
    Every minute that we lose will cost us great losses later that we will not be able to afford.
    — Walter Model
    tags: loss 
    The unions are the first feeble effort to conquer the industrial jungle for democratic life. They may not succeed, but if they don't their failure will be a tragedy for civilization, a loss of cooperative effort, a baulking of energy, and the fixing in American life of a class-structure.
    — Walter Lippmann
    I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have-life itself.
    — Walter Inglis Anderson
    tags: pain  sadness  loss  gift 
    Postmodernism does not help us understand good art. It encourages art that can be easily understood and throws in something catchy to cover the loss of mystery.
    — Walter Darby Bannard
    tags: loss  mystery  encourage  help 
    Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
    — Walter Anderson
    tags: character  pain  sadness  loss  bad  gift  quality 
    Fortunately for the human race, pain, however piercing, is not a lasting emotion. The recollection of happiness lingers, but the consciousness never retains for long the first thrust of tragic loss. The details of daily life crowd in upon the mind.
    — Wallis Simpson
    tags: happiness  pain  loss  human  emotion  mind  race 
    The present age is demented. It is possessed by a sense of dislocation, a loss of personal identity, an alternating sentimentality and rage which, in an individual patient, could be characterized as dementia.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: present  loss  personal  identity  age 
    Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss. Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: happiness  chance  loss  risk 
    Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past.
    — Walker Percy
    tags: past  grief  loss 
    No one can measure the loss of business that may arise from a defective item that goes out to a customer.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: loss  business 
    It is management's job to direct the efforts of all components toward the aim of the system. The first step is clarification: everyone in the organization must understand the aim of the system, and how to direct his efforts toward it. Everyone must understand the damage and loss to the whole organization from a team that seeks to become a selfish, independent, profit center.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: loss  job  management 
    The greatest losses are unknown and unknowable.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: loss 
    Foremost is the principle that the purpose of consumer research is to understand the customer's needs and wishes, and thus design product and service that will provide better living for him in the future. A second principle is that no one can guess the future loss of business from a dissatisfied customer.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    Shrink, shrink variation, to reduce the loss.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: loss 
    My family suffered very major losses during the Second World War, that's true. In my father's family, there were five brothers. I think four of them died. On my mother's side the picture was pretty much the same. Russia has suffered great losses. And of course we can't forget that.
    — Vladimir Putin
    tags: world  loss  true  war  father  mother  russia 
    Research is the live heart of the scientific life ... Greatness of position, respect for past accomplishments, the Nobel Prize itself - none of these can compensate for the loss of vitality only research provides.
    — Vivian Gornick
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