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    Now I'm seen by more people in one episode than I was in 20 years of theatre and movies. It's gratifying to have an impact on 25 million people a night, but I can say goodbye to my lunch-pail life as a working actor. I'm scared I might be a celebrity.
    — William Petersen
    If I stayed a football player, my career would have been over 20 years ago. As it is, my knees are shot. I found I got the same good feeling in acting that I had in sports, but I found I could have a more profound impact on people.
    — William Petersen
    tags: people  career  football  year 
     
    I've been telling anybody who would listen that I wanted to do a series for the last 10 years. But I wouldn't do it if I was just another cop pushing bad guys up against the wall.
    — William Petersen
    tags: bad  year 
     
    I want to live and work in Chicago for the rest of my life. You know when you were growing up and you wanted to become president? What I want now is to be mayor of this damned town in ten years.
    — William Petersen
    tags: work  live  year 
     
    My dad was a preacher. My relationship, for example, with my father - very difficult, and very painful, and it took me 50 years to wipe the face of my father off the face of God.
    — William P. Young
    The uselessness of men above sixty years of age and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, in political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  work  age  political  year 
     
    We doctors have always been a simple trusting folk. Did we not believe Galen implicitly for 1500 years and Hippocrates for more than 2000?
    — William Osler
    tags: believe  year  doctor 
     
    We recognize the force of the argument that the effects of war under modern conditions may be felt in the economy for years and years, and that if the war power can be used in days of peace to treat all the wounds which war inflicts on our society, it may not only swallow up all other powers of Congress but largely obliterate the Ninth and the Tenth Amendments as well.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: peace  society  power  war  congress  year 
     
    When I began to write seriously, 40 years ago now, my chosen form was the novel.
    — William Nicholson
    tags: novel  write  year 
     
    If religion and churches are truly threats to our liberties, how did those liberties survive, and in such healthy condition, all those years of classroom prayer and Bible-reading?
    — William Murchison
    tags: healthy  prayer  church  liberty  year 
     
    The years of old age are stalls in the cathedral of life in which for aged men to sit and listen and meditate and be patient till the service is over, and in which they may get themselves ready to say "Amen" at the last, with all their hearts and souls and strength.
    — William Mountford
    tags: men  heart  soul  age  service  strength  year 
     
    There is no single policy to which one can point and say - this built the Morris business. I should think I must have made not less than one thousand decisions in each of the last ten years. The success of a business is the result of the proportion of right decisions by the executive in charge.
    — William Morris
    I have no reason as a director to have films go up in versions that I don't like. My only experience of film after ten years is honestly that if a picture doesn't get second-guessed you're looking at four Oscars, and if a picture does get second-guessed, you're not. I've got an advanced degree in that lesson.
    — William Monahan
    tags: lessons  experience  film  year 
     
    The first time I ever thought about doing a film seriously, I was in London. I was about 17 years old. I was just standing in the street, a bit dazzled by an Antonioni bus wipe, which by the way are inherent in London, and I imagined a film set in London starting out with the riff from The Yardbird's "Heart Full of Soul", and now, how ever many years later, I've done it.
    — William Monahan
    tags: time  thoughts  film  year 
     
    I don't think Roger Ebert has ever mentioned a screenplay. He assigns every auctorial move to the director, which makes some sense since the director has run a one-off game, but if Hamlet were written last year and had been only performed once as a film, and it didn't come off well on screen for whatever reason, it would be gone forever as a literary work, and never would have been considered as one.
    — William Monahan
    tags: work  forever  gone  film  games  year 
     
    I think, when God told Moses, "Thou shall not kill," I think God meant, "Thou shall not kill." And within the next one hundred years, we will see that God was right.
    — William McNamara
    tags: right  god  year 
     
    There is nothing like a start, and being born, however pessimistic one may become in later years, is undeniably a start.
    — William McFee
    tags: year 
     
    If anybody here has trouble with the concept of design humility, reflect on this: It took us 5,000 years to put wheels on our luggage.
    — William McDonough
    tags: humility  year 
     
    Consider this: all the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly industrious for millions of years. Yet their productiveness nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the planet. Nature doesn't have a design problem. People do.
    — William McDonough
    I worked in script development, many years ago, and read a lot of scripts. Between that and the scripts I've read as an actor, and I'm a writer as well, I think I have a pretty good sense about whether the bones of a story are there and whether the structure is intact.
    — William Mapother
    I would not call myself Catholic anymore, but I went to 16 years of Catholic school: grade school, high school and college.
    — William Mapother
    tags: school  college  year 
     
    I think the misconceptions, there are certain people that are fixed in those with those beliefs, and been in those for twenty-five years, you're not going to change them.... What you've got to do is basically talk to the future about what you want to with the country.
    — William M. Daley
    tags: belief  people  future  year 
     
    I find daily life not always joyous, but always interesting. I have some sad days and nights, but none that are dull. As I advance deeper into the vale of years, I live with constantly increasing gusto and excitement. I am sure it all means something; in the last analysis, I am an optimist because I believe in God. Those who have no faith are quite naturally pessimists and I do not blame them.
    — William Lyon Phelps
    tags: live  believe  sad  night  god  faith  year 
     
    Each year, therefore, a dollar spent on alcoholic beverages has purchased a smaller quantity.
    — William Lyon Mackenzie King
    tags: quantity  year 
     
    In this year 1634, I purchased the moiety of thirteen houses in the Strand for five hundred and thirty pounds.
    — William Lilly
    tags: pounds  year 
     
    In the seventeenth year of my age my mother died.
    — William Lilly
    tags: age  mother  year 
     
    Of my infancy I can speak little, only I do remember that in the fourth year of my age I had the measles.
    — William Lilly
    tags: age  year 
     
    After that his Majesty was beheaded, the Parliament for some years effected nothing either for the publick peace or tranquillity of the nation, or settling religion as they had formerly promised.
    — William Lilly
    tags: peace  year 
     
    It is very hard to answer the oft-posed questions about how Abraham Lincoln would respond to some current condition. My favorite story on that count is that the late great Lincoln scholar Don Fehrebacher was asked, during the struggles over bussing for racial balance a few years ago, what Lincoln would say about "bussing" and he thought awhile and then answered : "what Lincoln would say would be: "What's a bus?"
    — William Lee Miller
    Well, American dialects have been studied for a hundred years or so.
    — William Labov
    tags: american  year 
     
    However, research in the years that followed found that in many of its important features, African American Vernacular English was becoming not less, but more different from other dialects.
    — William Labov
    tags: research  american  year 
     
    I have resisted the term sociolinguistics for many years, since it implies that there can be a successful linguistic theory or practice which is not social.
    — William Labov
    tags: successful  year 
     
    I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state... a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one's mind and often misled it.
    — William L. Shirer
    tags: experience  lying  mind  year 
     
    Four years earlier I had been selected, with Kay Boyle, the writer, and a number of others, to go to Cambodia and come back and prove that there were no sanctuaries in that country.
    — William Kunstler
    tags: year 
     
    May 4th is a particularly memorable day in American history because 84 years to the day before May 4, 1970, there was another demonstration at the Haymarket Square in Chicago.
    — William Kunstler
    tags: american  year 
     
    He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy. You've got to release six, eight, ten years back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two. He has to give a big speech in defense of capitalism, and that will elevate, I think, this race above this tactical back and forth, which I do think he's on the margin of losing.
    — William Kristol
    Actually, not because of anyone's intention but just because of some sociological and some other things that have happened over 25, 30 years, the parties have sorted themselves out much more ideologically, which has some benefits and some costs.
    — William Kristol
    tags: year 
     
    Frankly, if you're 26 years old and there's a war on women or there's not a war on women, you can get all wrapped up in it and get lots of traffic on your website and get into exchanges and scream and yell about it on MSNBC or Fox, and a week later no one can remember what that was about.
    — William Kristol
    tags: women  war  year 
     
    People read the Tribune or the Sun-Times, you know, way back when the Tribune was a right-wing paper.It's always been somewhat that way. We take 10, 20 years in the 50s and 60s as kind of the norm, when there was this sort of bi-partisan parent consensus.
    — William Kristol
    tags: people  read  parent  year 
     
    My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics.
    — William Kempe
    tags: contemporary  learn  read  year 
     
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