A word spoken is an arrow let fly. / A word once out flies everywhere.
A word spoken is past recalling.
A word that has been said may be unsaid; it is but air. But when a deed is done, it cannot be undone, nor can our thoughts reach out to all the mischiefs that may follow.
A word to the wise is enough.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
A word to the wise will always suffice.
A word, a look, which at one time would make no impression, at another time wounds the heart; and like a shaft flying with the wind pierces deep, which, with its own natural force, would scarce have reached the object aimed at.
A work ill done must be done twice.
A work ill done must be twice done.
A work of art is said to be perfect in proportion as it does not remind the spectator of the process by which it was created.
A work well begun is half done.
A work well begun is half ended.
A world of little cares is continually arising, which busy or affluent life knows nothing of, to open the first door to distress. Hunger is not among the postponable wants; and a day, even a few hours, in such a condition is often the crisis of a life of ruin.
A world of woes despatched in little space.
A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
A world-without-end bargain.
A worm is in the bud of youth,
And at the root of age.
Stanza subjoined to a Bill of Mortality, W. COWPER.
A Wort is asoj güt wie a Chsimes-Jad (Unterschrift).
Ein Wort (vor Zeugen) ist so gut wie eine Unterschrift.
A Wort ün a Forz känn män nicht zurücknehmen.
A worthless woman! mere cold clay
As all false things are! but so fair,
She takes the breath of men away
Who gaze upon her unaware:
I would not play her larcenous tricks
To have her looks!
Elizabeth B. Browning
A worthy man is a wortlry man even though he has no money, an ass is an ass though he has satin clothes.
A worthy man is still worthy even penniless, a donkey is a donkey even if he is finely saddled.
A would-be satirist, a hired buffoon,
A monthly scribbler of some low lampoon,
Condemn'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean,
And furbish falsehoods for a magazine.
A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from the sword; the latter affects only the body - the former, the spirit, the soul.
A wound in the friendship of young persons, as in the bark of young trees, may be so grown over as to leave no scar. The case is very different in regard to old persons and old timber. The reason of this may be accountable from the decline of the social passions, and the prevalence of spleen, suspicion, and rancor towards the latter part of life.
A wound inflicted by arrows heals, a wood cut down by an axe grows, but harsh words are hateful - a wound inflicted by them does not heal. Arrows of different sorts can be extracted from the body, but a word-dart cannot be drawn out, for it is seated in the heart.
A wound is not cured by the unbending of the bow.
A wounded conscience is able to un-paradise paradise itself.
A wounded conscience is often inflicted as a punishment for lack of true repentance; great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at and humbled for his sins.
A wounded heart can with difficulty be cured.
A wounded reputation is seldom cured.
A wreath of dewy roses, fresh and sweet, just brought from out the garden's cool retreat.
Julia C. R. Dorr
A wren in the hand is better than a crane to be caught.
A wrestler who is beaten can never get his fill of wrestling.
A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry;
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.
Shakespeare: Com. of Errors, Act ii., Sc. 1.
A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.
A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting with starvation.
A writer who builds his arguments upon facts is not easily to be confuted. He is not to be answered by general assertions or general reproaches. He may want eloquence to amuse and persuade; but, speaking truth, he must always convince.
A Wugen is a Seiger (Uhr), a Schlitten is a Peiger (toter Körper).
Eine Fuhrmannsregel, welche dem Wagen einen Vorzug vor dem Schlitten gibt. Jener besitzt ein Räderwerk wie eine Uhr, während dieser gleich einem Cadaver geschleift werden muss.
A wurde wie a Blut unterm Gesichte.
A Yarmouth capon.
A yeoman upon his legs is higher than a prince upon his knees.
A Yorkshire fritter.
A Yorkshire way-bit.
A young barber and an old physician.
A young bird's mouth is big.
A young child should be named after him.
Yiddish] A kleyn kind zol nokh im heysn.
A young courtier, an old beggar.
A young devil, an old saint.
A young French lady, an old French gentleman.