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If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for.


There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and open a vein.

Raleigh Sir Walter

You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.

Rand Ayn

You don't have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

Rand Ayn

The future not being born, my friend, we will abstain from baptizing it.

Randall Stanley J.

If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each

Rankin Jeannette

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Ransford Chicago Reader

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

Ray Bob &

Sometimes I wonder if I'm in my right mind. Then it passes off and I'm as intelligent as ever.

Ray Kroc

Fourteen years in the professor dodge has taught me that one can argue ingeniously on behalf of any theory, applied to any piece of literature. This is rarely harmful, because normally no-one reads such essays.

Ray Kroc Founder

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed i

Raymond F. J.

If any demonstrator ever lays down in front of my car, it'll be the last car he ever lays down in front of.

Raymond Aron

The executioner is, I hear, very expert, and my neck is very slender.

Reagan Ronald

"I wonder", he said to himself, "what's in a book while it's closed. Oh, I know it's full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet

Reagan Ronald

... it still remains true that as a set of cognitive beliefs about the existence of God in any recognizable sense continuous with the great systems of the past, religious doctrines constitute a speculative hypothesis of an extremely low order of prob

Reagan Ronald

It is bad luck to be superstitious.

Reagan Ronald

Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

Reagan Ronald

I consider a new device or technology to have been culturally accepted when it has been used to commit a murder.

Reagan Ronald

Those who are mentally and emotionally healthy are those who have learned when to say yes, when to say no and when to say whoopee.

Reagan Ronald

Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.

Reagan Ronald

We have no scorched earth policy. We have a policy of scorched Communists.

Reagan Ronald

"Every morning, I get up and look through the 'Forbes' list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work"

Reagan Ronald

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.

Reed Rex

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry without a certain unsoundness of mind.

Reed Rex

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.

Reed Thomas B.

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Regan Gerald

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,

Reich Wilhelm

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.

Reid Thomas

Naturally the common people don't want war... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or

Remarque Erich Maria

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his Father, in the womb of a virgin will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and

Report The Kidner

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Reuss Fred

Would that my hand were as swift as my tongue.

Rich Rosen

I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.

Richard Little

Someday we'll look back on this moment and plow into a parked car.


In case of fire, stand in the hall and shout "Fire!"


With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law; and every time they make a law it's a joke.

Richard Bach

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "Now it's complete because it's ended here."

Richard Bach

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle if it is lightly greased.

Richard Bach

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Richard Bach

Adde parvum parvo manus acervus erit. [Add little to little and there will be a big pile.]

Richard Henry Dama

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.

Richler Mordecai

There appears to be irrefutable evidence that the mere fact of overcrowding induces violence.

Ringer Robert J.

You can never do just one thing.

Rizzo Mayor Frank

Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?

Robbins Tom

I have had my television aerials removed. It's the moral equivalent of a prostate operation.

Robbins Tom

We are all born mad. Some remain so.

Robbins Tom

Some men are heterosexual, and some are bisexual, and some men don't think about sex at all... they become lawyers.

Robbins Tom

Well, he thought, since neither Aristotelian Logic nor the disciplines of Science seemed to offer much hope, it's time to go beyond them... Drawing a few deep even breaths, he entered a mental state practiced only by Masters of the Universal Way of

Robbins Tom

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Robert Frost

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.

Robert Oppenheimer

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.

Robert Pante

She is not refined. She is not unrefined. She keeps a parrot.

Robert Preston

"I understand this is your first dead client," Sabian was saying. The absurdity of the statement made me want to laugh but they don't call me Deadpan Allie and lie.

Robertson Davies

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.

Robertson. D.W.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.


One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is a

Rochefou La

The two party system ... is a triumph of the dialectic. It showed that two could be one and one could be two and had probably been fabricated by Hegel for the American market on a subcontract from General Dynamics.

Rochefoucauld La

A prediction is worth twenty explanations.

Rochefoucauld La

When I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough.

Rochefoucauld La

When I have one foot in the grave I will tell the truth about women. I shall tell it, jump into my coffin, pull the lid over me, and say, "Do what you like now."

Rockefeller David

Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.

Rockefeller John D.

Human resources are human first, and resources second.

Rockwell George Lincoln

It is Mr. Mellon's credo that $200,000,000 can do no wrong. Our offense consists in doubting it.

Roger Zelazny

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

Roger Zelazny

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Roger Zelazny

Things past redress and now with me past care.

Rogers The Best of Will

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.

Rogers The Best of Will

In America, any boy may become president and I suppose that's just one of the risks he takes.

Rogers The Best of Will

At twenty-six, Kate, though not promiscuous, had slept with most of the decent men in public life.

Rogers The Best of Will

But if you wish at once to do nothing and to be respectable nowdays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study.

Rogers The Best of Will

Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Stepanakert, capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region, rioted over much needed spelling reform in the Soviet Union.

Rogers The Best of Will

"God gives burdens; also shoulders" Jimmy Carter cited this Jewish saying in his concession speech at the end of the 1980 election. At least he said it was a Jewish saying; I can't find it anywhere. I'm sure he's telling the truth though; why wo

Rogers The Best of Will

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Rogers The Best of Will

Atlee is a very modest man. And with reason.

Rogers Will

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Rogers Will

The trouble with superheros is what to do between phone booths.

Rogers Will

My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.

Rogers Will

HR 3128. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation, Fiscal 1986. Martin, R-Ill., motion that the House recede from its disagreement to the Senate amendment making changes in the bill to reduce fiscal 1986 deficits. The Senate amendment was an amendment to the

Rogers Will

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Rogers Will

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

Rogers Will

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors.

Rogers Will

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

Rogers Will

Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents' beds, unerringly I rush!

Rogers Will

Lassie looked brilliant, in part because the farm family she lived with was made up of idiots. Remember? One of them was always getting pinned under the tractor, and Lassie was always rushing back to the farmhouse to alert the other ones. She'd w

Rogers Will

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.

Rogers Will

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Rogers Will

In charity there is no excess.

Rom Prof.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants.

Rona Vincent J. Fuller

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Rona Vincent J. Fuller

Whom the mad would destroy, first they make Gods.

Ronald Brady

... but as records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witch

Ronald Knox

I remember when legal used to mean lawful, now it means some kind of loophole.

Ronald Reagan

Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.

Roosevelt Eleanor

If Christianity was morality, Socrates would be the Saviour.

Roosevelt Eleanor

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

Roosevelt Franklin D.

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.

Roosevelt Franklin D.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.

Roosevelt Franklin Delano

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.

Roosevelt Teddy

The major sin is the sin of being born.

Roosevelt Theodore

It is up to us to produce better-quality movies.

Roosevelt Theodore

"They make a desert and call it peace."

Rose Billy

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.

Rossetti Christina

It is like saying that for the cause of peace, God and the Devil will have a high-level meeting.

Roth D.L.

When alerted to an intrusion by tinkling glass or otherwise, 1) Calm yourself 2) Identify the intruder 3) If hostile, kill him. Step number 3 is of particular importance. If you leave the guy alive out of misguided softheartedness, he will repay y

Rouchefoucauld La

Judges, as a class, display, in the matter of arranging alimony, that reckless generosity which is found only in men who are giving away someone else's cash.

Rouchefoucauld La

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: that you are dreadfully like other people.

Roy L. Ash

If you wish to be happy for one hour, get drunk. If you wish to be happy for three days, get married. If you wish to be happy for a month, kill your pig and eat it. If you wish to be happy forever, learn to fish.

Royal Darrell

When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood, like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the

Royko Mike

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Rubinstein Arthur

You know it's going to be a long day when you get up, shave and shower, start to get dressed and your shoes are still warm.

Rudner Rita

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.


Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Rukeyser Muriel

If the ends don't justify the means, then what does?

Runyon Damon

He who slings mud generally loses ground.

Rusk Dean

Lay on, MacDuff, and curs'd be him who first cries, "Hold, enough!".

Russel Baker

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Russell Bertrand

I would like the government to do all it can to mitigate, then, in understanding, in mutuality of interest, in concern for the common good, our tasks will be solved.

Russell Bertrand

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

Russell Bertrand

Man proposes, God disposes.

Russell Bertrand

If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.

Russell Bertrand

The most delightful day after the one on which you buy a cottage in the country is the one on which you resell it.

Russell Baker

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

Russell Bertrand

One big pile is better than two little piles.

Russell Hoban

Fortune Documents the Great Legal Decisions: We think that we may take judicial notice of the fact that the term "bitch" may imply some feeling of endearment when applied to a female of the canine species but that it is seldom, if ever, so used whe

Ryan Tom K.

After the ground war began, captured Iraqi soldiers said any of them caught by superiors wearing a white T-shirt would be executed because of the ease with which the shirts could be used as surrender flags. Some Iraqi soldiers carried bleach with th

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