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J. R. R. TOLKIEN
In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the...
J. R. R. TOLKIEN
If I was a soldier going to war, I'd be pretty scared the night before a battle. It's a scar...
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN
Many writers will get a contract by selling chapters and outlines or something like that. I wrote th...
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
It's like these ideas, these characters, kind of bubble up inside me, and one day they're no...
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
People can say whatever they want about you without knowing the facts. They can criticize you withou...
R. KELLY
'Love Letter' reminds me of 'Chocolate Factory' and 'Happy People.' It's...
R. KELLY
We trample grass, and prize the flowers of May; yet the grass is green when the flower fades away.
R. SOUTHWELL
I started to wear the sunglasses all the time at school, hiding behind them... I'd walk down the...
R. KELLY
I'm very responsible. And with ability you have to have responsibility. I'm not perfect. But...
R. KELLY
Not only did I get an A in music but I got an A in ladies.
R. KELLY
I try to write life and not songs. People live life, and when you write life, you're going to me...
R. KELLY
Well, I believe that the depth of your struggle can determine the height of your success. I was insp...
R. KELLY
My greatest competition is, well, me.
R. KELLY
I walk around every day with a radio playing constantly in my head, and this radio station plays a l...
R. KELLY
It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.
R. PALMER
I don't really know the story of the Pied Piper. I don't read stories, first of all. I just ...
R. KELLY
For every quote, there is one that challenges it.
R. ALISTAIR
When I think of musical geniuses, I think of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Prince....
R. KELLY
The world is going crazy, Karl. And when the world is crazy, a sane man is never okay." from The Ber...
R. SHARENOW
Destiny is for people who are too lazy to create alternate timelines.
R. STEVENS
I'm NOT short. I prefer to think there is simply more space above my head for word balloons full of ...
R. STEVENS
Biggie was a lyrical genius: he was a musical painter with words. As he rapped, you would see the pi...
R. KELLY
I've been blackmailed a billion times. I've been sued for ridiculous things. At one point in...
R. KELLY
I still feel like I'm alone at times - even if I'm in the midst of a million people. Because...
R. KELLY
I learnt a whole lot from my mother. About music, relationships, being a good person, loving people,...
R. KELLY
Love has never failed. It has won every battle. And today and forever more it will go on undefeated....
R. KELLY
You're younger, you might want to go to clubs and kick it, but as you get older, you start seein...
R. KELLY
Downstairs in my house, I have a museum room. I keep all of my awards down there, and childhood phot...
R. KELLY
In my community, mental health isn't taken seriously enough. Therapy is replaced by prayer. Tears ar...
FRIDA R.
Day drinking with a broken heart
is like selling loose Cuban cigars like Newports,
tryna...
FRIDA R.
As a businessman, I saw club tracks as a new franchise that could be profitable for years to come. I...
R. KELLY
Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you m...
R ZACCHARIAS
'Trapped in the Closet' is pretty much forever. I've got a leash on this thing now. I...
R. KELLY
I've called myself the Pied Piper, I've called myself the Weatherman, I've called myself...
R. KELLY
I belive I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.
R. KELLY
I am not a traditionalist, questioning the social condition of the society. To achieve this, I use V...
GOPAKUMAR R
I wouldn't mind dying - it's the business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.
R. GEIS
When I met Michael Jordan on a basketball court at an athletic club - we hooped together in Chicago ...
R. KELLY
If you're gonna tell your life story, you gotta be honest, or don't do it.
R. KELLY
I only feel sorry for weak people. And mostly what I've come to find is that the weak people are...
R. KELLY
I have Marvin Gaye's driver's license. His wife sent it to me, because she really loved my &...
R. KELLY
If I'm going to be a leader then I have to go places that other people are afraid to go to. That...
R. KELLY
I've programmed myself musically to come up with love-feeling tracks that are romantic, sexy, bu...
R. KELLY
Once I started singing, I didn't have to try to be cool. I was just one of the coolest guys arou...
R. KELLY
Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest ...
R. TURNBULL
Worldly riches are like nuts; many a tooth is broken in cracking them, but never is the stomach fill...
R. VENNING
Wasting sarcasm is a sin.
R. STEVENS
Wasted time means wasted lives.
R. SHANNON
I'm damned glad to be here...
JEANETTE R.
& Whenn i Scratch my Nailss Down hisss baqqqq ; yourrr gonnahhh feel it.
JEANETTE R.
Everywhere I go, from malls to restaurants to sold-out tours overseas and back, everywhere I've ...
R. KELLY
I have always been infatuated with country music.
R. KELLY
'Trapped In The Closet' lives in a place on the earth on its own. It pays its own rent, it&#...
R. KELLY
The person who's made for you is gonna love the good, bad, and ugly parts of you.
FRIDA R.
We are relentless.
We don't compromise grace.
But when we hunt, we're vicious.
FRIDA R.