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I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor.
Francois Rabelais

A large edifice!
Bill Raftery

A little blow by ability.
Bill Raftery

A little head and shoulder. No dandruff, but a blow-by!
Bill Raftery

A little kiss.
Bill Raftery

A little pirouette, and they said this was a beer town!
Bill Raftery

A little ricochet romance!
Bill Raftery

A Whirling Dervish!
Bill Raftery

And when you're sleepless in Seattle, why not get a little kiss?
Bill Raftery

And the kiss off the glass.
Bill Raftery

Attacking the tin!
Bill Raftery

Bottle of blackout!
Bill Raftery

Bring your lunch!
Bill Raftery

Count your chiclets!
Bill Raftery

Chubby Checker Do the Twist!
Bill Raftery

Dagger!
Bill Raftery

Dairy Farmer.
Bill Raftery

Divine intervention!
Bill Raftery

Drops the dime...with a kiss!
Bill Raftery

Elevation!
Bill Raftery

Fill the lane! Provide the lift!
Bill Raftery

From the right wing!
Bill Raftery

Get the puppies organized!
Bill Raftery

(insert co-announcer's name), (insert team name) goes man to man!
Bill Raftery

He can do it all; let him into the band!
Bill Raftery

He can make you ask for your mommy.
Bill Raftery

He takes it to the promised land!
Bill Raftery

He's got the puppies sent off the bus.
Bill Raftery

I wheel the wheelbarrow down the street to the tin!
Bill Raftery

Jambalaya!
Bill Raftery

Like a Belgian waffle....Sweet!
Bill Raftery

Most unattractive, but beneficial.
Bill Raftery

Nylon!
Bill Raftery

Nylon teeth, by the guard!
Bill Raftery

Onions!
Bill Raftery

Over early, huh Steve?
Bill Raftery

Protect the women and children!
Bill Raftery

Put a little English on it.
Bill Raftery

Send it in, big fella!
Bill Raftery

Send it in, Jerome!
Bill Raftery

Send it in, medium size fella!
Bill Raftery

Shakes the dust off...Call the Janitor!
Bill Raftery

Strong...to the goal!
Bill Raftery

Tayshaun is not a Prince, he's a King. Strokin' the Trey!
Bill Raftery

That was a Tavernly Discard.
Bill Raftery

The big guy.
Bill Raftery

The bounce to ecstasy.
Bill Raftery

The dexterity, The agility!
Bill Raftery

The fella, from Saint Louie Louie!
Bill Raftery

The fill-up from distance!
Bill Raftery

The little guy...with the big ticker!
Bill Raftery

The small change.
Bill Raftery

The vegetable cart.
Bill Raftery

There's a little lingerie on the deck.
Bill Raftery

They're playing a (insert zone defense name) zone with man to man principles!
Bill Raftery

Walter at the altar: High Mass!
Bill Raftery

We got a 5 bagger.
Bill Raftery

We got a little nickle-dimer here.
Bill Raftery

Welcome to the block party!
Bill Raftery

Why the lefties look so pretty with that stroke, it's amazing.
Bill Raftery

With a little dipsy do.
Bill Raftery

With a little smoocher!
Bill Raftery

With authority!
Bill Raftery

With disdain to the tin!
Bill Raftery

(insert player's name) with some early onions!
Bill Raftery

With the blow-by.
Bill Raftery

With the kiss.
Bill Raftery

With the dribble drive.
Bill Raftery

With the teardrop, that'll make you cry.
Bill Raftery

With three first, then the deuce!
Bill Raftery

You might call this Newton's Law!
Bill Raftery

I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.
Bonnie Raitt

So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth.
Walter Raleigh

Maria Louise Ramé - See Ouida.

Maria Louise de la Ramée - See Ouida.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought.
Ayn Rand

I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.
Ayn Rand

I am the bullgod; I am free, and I feed on all that is forsaken.
Ayn Rand

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Ayn Rand

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Ayn Rand

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
Ayn Rand

While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Nancy Reagan

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.
Ronald Reagan

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Ronald Reagan

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Ronald Reagan

Lubavitcher Rebbe - See Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Red - See Henry Russell Sanders.

The ultimate power of a successful general staff lies, not in the brilliance of its individual members, but in the cross-fertilisation of its collective abilities.
Reg Revans

RFK - See Robert F. Kennedy.

I prefer land to niggers.
Cecil Rhodes

So little done, so much to do.
Cecil Rhodes

Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño - See Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
David Ricardo

False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news.
Adrienne Rich

Forget wars, religions, famines and poems for the moment. This is history's greatest theme: the metastasis of exchange, specialization and the invention it has called forth, the creation of time.
Matt Ridley

The modern world is a history of ideas meeting, mixing, mating and mutating. And the reason that economic growth has accelerated so in the past two centuries is down to the fact that ideas have been mixing more than ever before.
Matt Ridley

In a small company, one person's hunch can be enough to launch a new product. In a big company, the same concept is likely to be buried in committee for months.
Al Ries

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke

The customer is never wrong.
César Ritz

Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.
Anthony Robbins

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Anthony Robbins

We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
Alfred Robens

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

Risk is what an entrepreneur eats for breakfast. It's what she slips into bed with at night. If you have no appetite for this stuff, or no ability to digest it, then get out of the game right now.
Heather Robertson

Nicolas-Sebastien Roch - See Nicolas Chamfort.

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
François de La Rochefoucauld

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
François de La Rochefoucauld

The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?
François de La Rochefoucauld

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.

By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
Anita Roddick

If I had to name a driving force in my life, I'd name passion every time.
Anita Roddick

The cosmetics industry should be promoting health and well-being; instead it hypes an outdated notion of glamour and sells false hopes and fantasies.
Anita Roddick

The kind of brain-dead, gum chewing assistant you find in so many shops drives me wild. I want everyone who works for me to feel the same excitement that I feel.
Anita Roddick

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
Anita Roddick

To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick

To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
Anita Roddick

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
Will Rogers

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Will Rogers

Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.
Will Rogers

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
Will Rogers

I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth.
Will Rogers

If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable.
Will Rogers

It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
Will Rogers

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
Will Rogers

When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident like. I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.
Will Rogers

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
Romain Rolland

Sweat saves blood.
Erwin Rommel

The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
Mitt Romney

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Mitt Romney

We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet [in Massachusetts]. I went to a number of women's groups and said, Can you help us find folks? and they brought us whole binders full of women.
Mitt Romney

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli - See John XXIII.

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
Andy Rooney

It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness ... lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have a terrific headache.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife.
Theodore Roosevelt

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

Put out the light.
Theodore Roosevelt

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

See the ball, hit the ball.
Pete Rose

Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum - See Ayn Rand.

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

Christina Rossetti

Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
Jean Rostand

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
Leo Rosten

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Leo Rosten

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
Leo Rosten

Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.
Leo Rosten

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
Leo Rosten

Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
Leo Rosten

First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Leo Rosten

Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
Leo Rosten

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Leo Rosten

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
Leo Rosten

If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
Leo Rosten

I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
Leo Rosten

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
Leo Rosten

Satire is focused bitterness.
Leo Rosten

Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.
Leo Rosten

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
Leo Rosten

The purpose of life is not to be happy at all. It is to be useful, to be honorable. It is to be compassionate. It is to matter, to have it make some difference that you lived.
Leo Rosten

The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
Leo Rosten

Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
Leo Rosten

We see things as we are, not as they are.
Leo Rosten

Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that I will hear more and talk less.
Leo Rosten

Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
Leo Rosten

A banker is a man who lends another man the money of a third man.
Guy de Rothschild

If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Not to mince words, Mr. Epstein, we don't like your boys' sound. Groups are out; four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished. . . . The Beatles have no future in show business.
Dick Rowe

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

Nowdays most women grow old gracefully; most men, disgracefully.
Helen Rowland

When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.
Helen Rowland

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

I'd rather die with my boots on than live on my fuckin' knees.
Hugh Rowland

One might regard architecture as history arrested in stone.
A. L. Rowse

If you want to be a dear old lady at seventy, you should start early, say about seventeen.
Maude Royden

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk - which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
Harriet Rubin

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
Helena Rubinstein

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
Helena Rubinstein

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times.
Rita Rudner

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more - more unseen forms become manifest to him.
Rumi

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.
Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you.
Rumi

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.
Rumi

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Rumi

There are also unknown unknowns.
Donald Rumsfeld

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Salman Rushdie

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
John Ruskin

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

In former days, men sold themselves to the devil to acquire magical powers. Nowadays they acquire those powers from science, and find themselves compelled to become devils. There is no hope for the world unless power can be tamed, and brought into the service, not of this or that group of fanatical tyrants, but of the whole human race ... for science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die.
Bertrand Russell

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
Bertrand Russell

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Bertrand Russell

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid, the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Bertrand Russell

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
John Russell

I have made mistakes, but in all I did my object was the public good.
John Russell

What's happening?
Tim Russert

I'm going over the valley.
Babe Ruth

Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.
Mark Rutherford

There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
Mark Rutherford

The most beautiful house in the world is the one that you build for yourself.
Witold Rybczynski