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ROBERT BROWNING
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
ROBERT FROST
Duncan Gray cam here to woo, Ha, ha, the wooing o't! On blithe Yuletide when we were fou, ...
ROBERT BURNS
Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and...
ROBERT FULGHUM
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
ROBERT BROWNING
Most young people want to get out of the environment they grow up in, move on, and do something. The...
ROBERT STIGWOOD
Oh, I'm all about small business. I think what we've learned from big business and big Wall ...
ROBERT HERJAVEC
I travel 330 days a year and eat every two and a half hours - I'm a big guy. I always carry a fo...
ROBERT IRVINE
The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the Ameri...
ROBERT KENNEDY
I've had all six of my books reach the New York Times bestseller list, which is especially rewar...
ROBERT KIYOSAKI
Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer, even though I know some people use regional label...
ROBERT MORGAN
If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchest...
ROBERT FRIPP
In a house where there are small children the bathroom soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curio...
ROBERT BENCHLEY
You don't buy a Harley with your mind, you buy it with your heart and your balls.
ROBERT PATRICK
Ballet is sort of a mystery to me. And I don't want to unravel that mystery.
ROBERT CARO
One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dr...
ROBERT BROWNING
We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder... We feel that we have actually been...
ROBERT MUGABE
Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing ...
ROBERT WINSTON
I foresee that poverty and obscurity probably await me, and I am in some measure prepared and daily ...
ROBERT BURNS
It is reality that awakens possibilities, and nothing would be more perverse than to deny it.
ROBERT MUSIL
It will always be the same possibilities, in sum or on the average, that go on repeating themselves ...
ROBERT MUSIL
Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us wh...
ROBERT KENNEDY
What I find so interesting is, Herbert Hoover in August 1928 said no country in the world was closer...
ROBERT DALLEK
I don't believe newspaper reporters can substitute for a district attorney, but a newspaper has ...
ROBERT KENNEDY
Putting aside for the moment the question of whether human industrial CO2 emissions are having an ef...
ROBERT ZUBRIN
It is well known that the Nobel Committees bring world opinion to a focus, and that fact still furth...
ROBERT ROBINSON
We have failed to protect science against speculative extensions of nature, continuing to assign phy...
ROBERT LANZA
The quality of artistry is the capacity to assume innocence at will, the quality of experiencing inn...
ROBERT FRIPP
Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics arouse and enlighten their occupants and tha...
ROBERT EVANS
How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver in comparison with those of guilt.
ROBERT BLAIR
I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. ...
ROBERT REDFORD
The fact that we don't keep repeating tests in the same arena is not because the probability of ...
ROBERT NOZICK
Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.
ROBERT BURNS
Light is architectural. It is sculptural.
ROBERT WILSON
For those of us who cry out for gun control, our fears cannot be eliminated as long as the country r...
ROBERT DALLEK
For myself, I warmly thank the Nobel Foundation and the Committee for Chemistry for this mark of the...
ROBERT ROBINSON
My favorite computer of all time? The Apple II that got me started, of course.
ROBERT SCOBLE
A well chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the more common mental disorders, a...
ROBERT GRAVES
The recent blind faith some Republicans have shown toward free trade actually represents more of an ...
ROBERT LIGHTHIZER
Led Zeppelin has been there through three generations of teenage angst. And there's a generation...
ROBERT PLANT
Presidents need to be critically studied and analyzed.
ROBERT DALLEK
The three parts of the theory are analytical ability, the ability to analyze things to judge, to cri...
ROBERT STERNBERG
So someday in the near future hopefully rather than having a foot or a leg amputated we'll just ...
ROBERT LANZA
We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give yo...
ROBERT MUGABE
Learning from the American experience, governments around the world have developed national innovati...
ROBERT HORMATS
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
ROBERT FROST
I consider those actors who amaze me are somehow less attractive to me than those actors who move me...
ROBERT LANSING
The British system denied any role for human creativity, and instead argued, that if man merely foll...
ROBERT TROUT
Missing out an apostrophe or two does not make you an idiot. But equating party allegiance with nati...
ROBERT WEBB
Allegations that President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich partly in return for donations to his presiden...
ROBERT DALLEK
During Grover Cleveland's second term, in the 1890s, the White House deceived the public by dism...
ROBERT DALLEK
Unions, by and large, are democratic organizations with freely chosen leaders and policies determine...
ROBERT KENNEDY