Racket quotes:

  • Religion is a Snare and a Racket, -- Charles Taze Russell
  • I'll let the racket do the talking. -- John McEnroe
  • War is just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. -- Smedley Butler
  • All the arts in America are a gigantic racket run by unscrupulous men for unhealthy women. -- Thomas Beecham
  • I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches. -- Pete Sampras
  • I was just another long-haired teenage kid with visions of grandeur, strumming a tennis racket or a broom in front of his bedroom mirror. -- Jon Bon Jovi
  • Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world. -- Harry Reasoner
  • Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. -- Smedley Butler
  • War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. -- Smedley Butler
  • I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book 'War is a Racket.' -- Jesse Ventura
  • War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. -- Smedley Butler
  • War is a racket. It always has been... A few profit - and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war. -- Smedley Butler
  • Once in the racket you're always in it. -- Al Capone
  • Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. -- Al Capone
  • I had not picked up a tennis racket in 15 years, so I tried. -- Matthew Ashford
  • Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket... the least understood and the least noticed -- Frank Capra
  • Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. -- Eric Hoffer
  • War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. -- Smedley Butler
  • When I was a freelancer, I thought this journalism thing was a racket, and now that I'm where I am now, I know it's a racket. -- Tabitha Soren
  • I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soap-boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket. -- Anita Loos
  • One day when a linesman starts to laugh I swear I will hit the guy over the head with my racket. I think it will be the end of my career, but I will be happy. -- Ilie Nastase
  • My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting. -- Novak Djokovic
  • Growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope. -- Serena Williams
  • I started rooting - you know, sticking up joints - with some older guys. By now I had gotten a taste of what the racket world really was - the glamour, the way they dressed, the way they always had a pocketful of money. -- Mickey Cohen
  • War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service -- Smedley Butler
  • The problem with listening, of course, is that we don't. There's too much noise going on in our heads, so we never hear anything. The inner conversation simply never stops. It can be our voice or whatever voices we want to supply, but it's a constant racket. In the same way we don't see, and in the same way we don't feel, we don't touch, we don't taste. -- Philip Glass
  • I used to play a lot of racket sports, tennis and squash. -- Jason Statham
  • The day I'm not improving will be the day I hang up the racket. -- Venus Williams
  • Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket... the least understood and the least noticed. -- Frank Capra
  • Basically I started playing double handed on both my forehand and backhand side because my first racket was very heavy. -- Bjorn Borg
  • History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting. -- Sarah Vowell
  • I got my first tennis racket on my seventh birthday. And because we had a tennis court in our backyard, I played every day. By ten I was playing competitively. -- Tullian Tchividjian
  • I used to cut guitars out of a piece of cardboard to copy the Strat look. I used a backwards tennis racket for a while and graduated to the cardboard cutout. -- Rick Springfield
  • I had one good racket, a Wilson Javelin. It was my favorite racket, and I made the mistake of putting it next to the heater. It just got so hot that it melted. -- Stefan Edberg
  • My father was a carpenter, a very good carpenter. He also worked for the Jones boys. They were not family members, we weren't related at all. They started the policy racket in Chicago, and they had the five and dime store. -- Quincy Jones
  • I'm not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There's no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. -- Steve Albini
  • I have to give my family credit for putting up with the racket, because as some of you may know, its not the easiest thing in the world to live with a kid who's trying to become a rock and roll drummer. -- Max Weinberg
  • And then it was like, wait, you can go to college and study theater? And act in plays? This is almost a racket, you know. And then when the opportunity came along to do it professionally, I thought I'd won the lottery. -- Tom Hanks
  • With a tennis racket strapped tightly to her hiking pack, Martina Navratilova began her ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. The tennis legend had visions of celebrating at the summit of Africa's highest peak by hitting a couple balls to see how far they might fly in the thin air at 19,341 feet. -- Don Yaeger
  • With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour. -- Mario Andretti
  • Congress is a Mafia running a protection racket.. . -- John P. Wheeler III
  • A tennis racket makes a great fake guitar! -- Isaac
  • Thou shalt not horn in on thy husbands racket -- Homer
  • I like to let my racket do the talking. -- Rod Laver
  • It's a racket. Those stock market guys are crooked. -- Al Capone
  • Wherever there's a system, there's a racket to beat it. -- Jerome Ravetz
  • Lyrics are my racket; music is play - the fluff stuff. -- Cass McCombs
  • I'm in the wrong racket if I didn't want a public life. -- Joe Mantegna
  • I'm one injury away from hanging up the racket at any time. -- Lleyton Hewitt
  • Our media and political system has turned into a mutual protection racket. -- Bill Moyers
  • I killed a squirrel once with a car. Twice with a tennis racket. -- Anthony Jeselnik
  • Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter -- Sojourner Truth
  • She [Monica Seles] has so much control of the racket with those double-handed wrists. -- Virginia Wade
  • Printing currency for foreigners to buy is the best racket a government can get into. -- Lee Child
  • Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this. -- Ned Rorem
  • War's a racket. No doubt. But war is a racket for the politicians, not the soldiers. -- Sean Beaudoin
  • The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning. -- David Hackworth
  • I carried through well with my tennis. I got the respect by usage of the tennis racket. -- Gabriela Sabatini
  • I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer. -- William Hazlitt
  • Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket. I'm glad we found it actually. -- Matt Labash
  • What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation. -- Eric Hoffer
  • I went on the courts with just a ball and a racket and a hope...and that's all I had. -- Serena Williams
  • I don't mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors. -- Curtis LeMay
  • If you live in America, you don't have to work. You can just drift along in the smiling and nodding racket. -- Quentin Crisp
  • I like to keep my surroundings low-key. I don't need much around me. I'm easy don't need a lot of racket. -- Randy Moss
  • First something is a great idea, then it becomes a cause, then it becomes a business and finally it becomes a racket. -- Eric Hoffer
  • I don't think I'm one of those guys who won't pick up a racket for three years...I love hitting tennis balls. -- Andy Roddick
  • He who has never tasted jail Lives well within the legal pale, While he who's served a heavy sentence Renews the racket, not repentance." -- Ogden Nash
  • I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n' roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror. -- Jonathan Pryce
  • I watch the ball fiercely to see its height and speed off my opponent's racket so I can decide how I want to hit it. -- Sloane Stephens
  • Power leads to more power, no matter what your racket, and not only were they rich and influential but they were smart as hell, too. -- Jimmy Hoffa
  • The words of the social critic Eric Hoffer were ringing true: "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket." -- Christopher McDougall
  • War like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit. -- Smedley Butler
  • I grip very close to the butt of the racket. This allows me to get a lot of wrist action to create more spin and whip. -- Sloane Stephens
  • War is a lie. War is a racket. War is hell. War is waste. War is a crime. War is terrorism. War is not the answer. -- Coleen Rowley
  • Swinging at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket: if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes everything. -- Michael Bamberger
  • When I want to go to sleep, I must first get a whole menagerie of voices to shut up. You wouldn't believe what a racket they make in my room. -- Karl Kraus
  • I don't think I've ever held a racket in my hand ... There's got to be somebody in the US who isn't trying to play tennis and stinking up the court. -- Isaac Asimov
  • Somebody's always getting me to come lecture to their writing class, and I don't talk about writing at all, I talk about the business of making a living at this racket. -- Jerry Pournelle
  • War traumatizes soldier and civilian alike; warfare is a profit-making racket; warfare resolves nothing that negotiations can't resolve better; the weapons we have now make non-violence the only option to planetary annihilation. -- Madeline Taylor
  • It's frustrating when you want to play but can't. I didn't touch a racket for three weeks and when I started playing again last week, I still felt some pain in my wrist. -- Marat Safin
  • I broke all my rackets. I didn't have a racket for the fifth set. I broke four. Now I hold the record. Now I go home. No rackets. I really don't like these rackets. -- Nikolay Davydenko
  • I didn't send them after you,' said the cool, familiar voice. 'I sent them after the Regent's Guard, who were making enough racket to raise the dead, the drunk, and those without ears. -- C.S. Pacat
  • The first time at age 5 and a half, when I took a racket in my hands and my father fed me some balls, I made 50 backhands in a row - didn't miss a single one. -- Marion Bartoli
  • I'm furious about the women's liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket. -- Anita Loos