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The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is a constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read.


No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.

Raleigh Sir Walter

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Rand Ayn

There seems no plan because it is all plan.

Rand Ayn

Several years ago, some smart businessmen had an idea: Why not build a big store where a do-it-yourselfer could get everything he needed at reasonable prices? Then they decided, nah, the hell with that, let's build a home center. And before long ho

Randall Stanley J.

I'm glad I was not born before tea.

Rankin Jeannette

Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called a war.

Ransford Chicago Reader

Likewise, the national appetizer, brine-cured herring with raw onions, wins few friends, Germans excepted.

Ray Bob &

The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.

Ray Kroc

But you shall not escape my iambics.

Ray Kroc Founder

"I am not sure what this is, but an `F' would only dignify it."

Raymond F. J.

Death is life's way of telling you you've been fired.

Raymond Aron

Men's skin is different from women's skin. It is usually bigger, and it has more snakes tattooed on it. Also, if you examine a woman's skin very closely, inch by inch, starting at her shapely ankles, then gently tracing the slender curve of her cal

Reagan Ronald

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

Reagan Ronald

Producers seem to be so prejudiced against actors who've had no training. And there's no reason for it. So what if I didn't attend the Royal Academy for twelve years? I'm still a professional trying to be the best actress I can. Why doesn't anyone

Reagan Ronald

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.

Reagan Ronald

Well, the handwriting is on the floor.

Reagan Ronald

Educational television should be absolutely forbidden. It can only lead to unreasonable disappointment when your child discovers that the letters of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around with royal-blue chickens.

Reagan Ronald

He thought of Musashi, the Sword Saint, standing in his garden more than three hundred years ago. "What is the 'Body of a rock'?" he was asked. In answer, Musashi summoned a pupil of his and bid him kill himself by slashing his abdomen with a knife.

Reagan Ronald

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Reagan Ronald

The idea there was that consumers would bring their broken electronic devices, such as television sets and VCR's, to the destruction centers, where trained personnel would whack them (the devices) with sledgehammers. With their devices thus permanent

Reagan Ronald

In breeding cattle you need one bull for every twenty-five cows, unless the cows are known sluts.

Reagan Ronald

Man proposes, God disposes.

Reed Rex

I knew her before she was a virgin.

Reed Rex

They're giving bank robbing a bad name.

Reed Thomas B.

It's very glamorous to raise millions of dollars, until it's time for the venture capitalist to suck your eyeballs out.

Regan Gerald

"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"

Reich Wilhelm

Fear is the greatest salesman.

Reid Thomas

There is always something new out of Africa.

Remarque Erich Maria

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

Report The Kidner

If it were thought that anything I wrote was influenced by Robert Frost, I would take that particular work of mine, shred it, and flush it down the toilet, hoping not to clog the pipes. A more sententious, holding- forth old bore who expected every

Reuss Fred

We were young and our happiness dazzled us with its strength. But there was also a terrible betrayal that lay within me like a Merle Haggard song at a French restaurant. [...] I could not tell the girl about the woman of the tollway, of her milk w

Rich Rosen

We all live in a state of ambitious poverty.

Richard Little

... before I could come to any conclusion it occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility. What did it matter what anyone knew or ignored? What did it matter who was manager? One gets sometimes s


There is much Obi-Wan did not tell you.


Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for even the greatest fool may ask more the the wisest man can answer.

Richard Bach

The notes blatted skyward as they rose over the Canada geese, feathered rumps mooning the day, webbed appendages frantically pedaling unseen bicycles in their search for sustenance, driven by cruel Nature's maxim, 'Ya wanna eat, ya gotta work,' and a

Richard Bach

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Richard Bach

"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.

Richard Bach

Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win.

Richard Henry Dama

We Americans, we're a simple people... but piss us off, and we'll bomb your cities.

Richler Mordecai

In Hollywood, if you don't have happiness, you send out for it.

Ringer Robert J.

No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it.

Rizzo Mayor Frank

The only alliance I would make with the Women's Liberation Movement is in bed.

Robbins Tom

My father was a creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours left off.

Robbins Tom

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

Robbins Tom

Campus sidewalks never exist as the straightest line between two points.

Robbins Tom

We should have a Vollyballocracy. We elect a six-pack of presidents. Each one serves until they screw up, at which point they rotate.

Robbins Tom

There is no doubt that my lawyer is honest. For example, when he filed his income tax return last year, he declared half of his salary as 'unearned income.'

Robert Frost

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Robert Oppenheimer

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

Robert Pante

The man who has never been flogged has never been taught.

Robert Preston

(1) Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood. (2) If your stomach antagonizes you, pacify it with cool thoughts. (3) Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. (4) Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society, as

Robertson Davies

We have lingered long enough on the shores of the Cosmic Ocean.

Robertson. D.W.

Mate, this parrot wouldn't VOOM if you put four million volts through it!


How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?

Rochefou La

I was in this prematurely air conditioned supermarket and there were all these aisles and there were these bathing caps you could buy that had these kind of Fourth of July plumes on them that were red and yellow and blue and I wasn't tempted to buy

Rochefoucauld La

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that balances are correct.

Rochefoucauld La

Rome was not built in one day.

Rochefoucauld La

They can't stop us... we're on a mission from God!

Rockefeller David

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.

Rockefeller John D.

The whole world is a scab. The point is to pick it constructively.

Rockwell George Lincoln

Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.

Roger Zelazny

... 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

Roger Zelazny

I heard a definition of an intellectual, that I thought was very interesting: a man who takes more words than are necessary to tell more than he knows.

Roger Zelazny

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

Rogers The Best of Will

[He] took me into his library and showed me his books, of which he had a complete set.

Rogers The Best of Will

A morgue is a morgue is a morgue. They can paint the walls with aggressively cheerful primary colors and splashy bold graphics, but it's still a holding place for the dead until they can be parted out to organ banks. Not that I would have cared nor

Rogers The Best of Will

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Rogers The Best of Will

If God lived on Earth, people would knock out all His windows.

Rogers The Best of Will

You get what you pay for.

Rogers The Best of Will

Look, we trade every day out there with hustlers, deal-makers, shysters, con-men. That's the way businesses get started. That's the way this country was built.

Rogers The Best of Will

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.

Rogers The Best of Will

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

Rogers Will

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.

Rogers Will

One hundred women are not worth a single testicle.

Rogers Will

Life is the childhood of our immortality.

Rogers Will

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

Rogers Will

The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.

Rogers Will

Imagine what we can imagine!

Rogers Will

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

Rogers Will

Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille.

Rogers Will

If a man has a strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism.

Rogers Will

If you sell diamonds, you cannot expect to have many customers. But a diamond is a diamond even if there are no customers.

Rogers Will

Work Hard. Rock Hard. Eat Hard. Sleep Hard. Grow Big. Wear Glasses If You Need 'Em.

Rogers Will

There must be more to life than having everything.

Rogers Will

Drop the vase and it will become a Ming of the past.

Rom Prof.

Wisdom is knowing what to do with what you know.

Rona Vincent J. Fuller

All hope abandon, ye who enter here!

Rona Vincent J. Fuller

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.

Ronald Brady

The first requisite for immortality is death.

Ronald Knox

Gauls! We have nothing to fear; except perhaps that the sky may fall on our heads tomorrow. But as we all know, tomorrow never comes!!

Ronald Reagan

Competitive fury is not always anger. It is the true missionary's courage and zeal in facing the possibility that one's best may not be enough.

Roosevelt Eleanor

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

Roosevelt Eleanor

The future is a race between education and catastrophe.

Roosevelt Franklin D.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

Roosevelt Franklin D.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Roosevelt Franklin Delano

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Roosevelt Teddy

"You little (such a one who, while wearing a copper nose ring, stands in a footbath atop Mount Raruaruaha during a heavy thunderstorm and shouts that Alohura, Goddess of Lightning, has the facial features of a diseased uloruaha root)!"

Roosevelt Theodore

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

Roosevelt Theodore

Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.

Rose Billy

We may not be able to persuade Hindus that Jesus and not Vishnu should govern their spiritual horizon, nor Moslems that Lord Buddha is at the center of their spiritual universe, nor Hebrews that Mohammed is a major prohpet, nor Christians that Shinto

Rossetti Christina

If you hype something and it succeeds, you're a genius

Roth D.L.

When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

Rouchefoucauld La

"I only touch base with reality on an as-needed basis!"

Rouchefoucauld La

You can never do just one thing.

Roy L. Ash

The philosopher's treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.

Royal Darrell

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that it is scraping the top of the barrel.

Royko Mike

Goals... Plans... they're fantasies, they're part of a dream world...

Rubinstein Arthur

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

Rudner Rita

To know Edina is to reject it.


A fake fortuneteller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved.

Rukeyser Muriel

There's such a thing as too much point on a pencil.

Runyon Damon

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

Rusk Dean

Why are you doing this to me? Because knowledge is torture, and there must be awareness before there is change.

Russel Baker

According to the Rand McNally Places-Rated Almanac, the best place to live in America is the city of Pittsburgh. The city of New York came in twenty-fifth. Here in New York we really don't care too much. Because we know that we could beat up their

Russell Bertrand

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

Russell Bertrand

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.

Russell Bertrand

"I'd like to start a new religion. One that doesn't use a dead young man as its logo."

Russell Bertrand

There are many of us in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed, for example, that we all get about the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summer and the poor get it in the winter.

Russell Bertrand

Fast ship? You mean you've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

Russell Baker

If a jury in a criminal trial stays out for more than twenty-four hours, it is certain to vote acquittal, save in those instances where it votes guilty.

Russell Bertrand

Never have so many understood so little about so much.

Russell Hoban

During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment of Christianity has been upon trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity,; in both, superstition, bigo

Ryan Tom K.

Perfection is reached, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

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