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Ted Rall

If the rent's so bad, consider moving to Portland. The rent's cheap there, and it's a pretty cool place for a city that's not Seattle.
--Revenge of the Latchkey Kids
[Of course, Ted's lived in Noo Yawk, so his perspective on rent is probably skewed.]

The Refreshments

Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people
So meet me at the mission at midnight - we'll divvy up there.
Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people
Well, I got the pistols, so I get the pesos
Yeah, that seems fair.

Keith Richards

I mean, people, you can't take a fucking record like other people take a bible. It's only a fucking record, man. Goddamn it, you know, you might love it one day, you might hate it the next. Or you might love it forever, but it doesn't mean to say that whatever it says in there you've got to go out and do, you've got to go out and say.
There's no rules, you know.
--Rolling Stone interview, 1971

Roberta M. Richards, Ph.D.

A horror of vice is not virtue.

At the risk of defending my husband...

Buy kids brown clothes.

Get in, Daniel, before I... offer a vacuous ultimatum.

It's scary to think that hospitals are operating under the same rules as McDonald's.

Jesus Christ may have risen from the dead, but he only did it once. The sun rises every day.

PBS - The Bad Hair Channel.

There's a separate room in Heaven for dog owners. Separate, because it's full of dog poop.

We are citizens, not consumers!

We ran out of paper towels, and considered calling the expedition off...

We're the Silent Majority - we don't loot S&Ls or Payless Shoes.

You can't get blood from a termite.
--posted to the Usenet newsgroup talk.bizarre as "My Wife Roberta Channels Rictus Hep"

You have the right to speak - you don't have the right to a bullhorn.

Stan Ridgway

Everybody does what nobody will allow.

I wanna take a two-week vacation, twenty-six times a year.
--"I Wanna Be A Boss," Partyball

Pat Robertson

In a free society, the military and the police are God's special envoys.

Spider Robinson

[...] as computers become smarter, as they reach the threshold of human intelligence, it will become possible... and soon after that, necessary - to bribe them.
--"Plus ça Change," in User Friendly

[...] euphemisms are for the differently brained.
--Jake Stonebender, The Callahan Touch

I tried to clear my brain, but I didn't seem to have my E-meter. Get thee behind me, Thetan!
--Jake Stonebender, The Callahan Touch

John Rogers

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
--John Rogers, on the blog Kung Fu Monkey, as quoted on rec.arts.sf.written by James Nicoll

Kent Rojan

I've become desensitized to so much, thanks to the Internet.

Andy Rooney

You have to choose something better than average as typical.
--"Chairs," A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney

Theodore Roosevelt

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
--speaking in 1918. Via Looka!

Rich Rosen

Life is complex. It has real and imaginary parts.
--as posted on Usenet in 1985 - attribution provided by the author November 2005. Previously attributed to Andrea Lynn Leistra (seen first on rec.arts.sf.written) and to Tom Potter (a slightly different version, whose earliest cite is 1994).

Theodore Roszak

Christians are pleased to believe that the world needed no mother to be born, only a father.
--The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Philip Roth

There is a comfort to be derived from letting strangers in on our troubles, especially, if one is a man, strangers who happen also to be women.
--"Debts and Sorrows," in Letting Go

Matt Ruff

--Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy

Mary Doria Russell

Being a Ph.D. is a permanent condition, like the Catholic priesthood... or herpes.
--during a public appearance at Powell's City of Books, Portland, OR, April 29, 1998

I've always thought it was a tactical mistake for God to love us in the aggregate, when Satan is willing to make a special effort to seduce each of us separately.
--Carlo Giuliani, Children of God, pp. 184-185

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