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We’ve collected the best Ray Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Booker T, Peter Capaldi, Marc Guggenheim, Morris Dees, Gale Sayers. Use them as an inspiration.

Oh, man, first part of my career was awesome: having my big brother Steve Ray – he’s my blood brother, my real brother – having him watch my back for nearly 10 years in WCW.
Recently, I dreamed that I returned home to find my wife had married Ray Winstone. They were kind and let me stay, but the whole thing was awkward.
On ‘Arrow,’ we have Ray Palmer and Roy Harper, and if you call Roy ‘Ray’ and Ray ‘Roy,’ you have to put money into the jar.
It’s hard to think what should make your blood boil more – what happened to Billy Ray or what didn’t happen to those who abused him. It’s something we can’t ignore.
Morris Dees
I was playing in the league when Ray Guy was playing in the league. He was the best kicker I’ve ever seen. He could bullet that ball 70 yards.
My dad, Billy Ray, he had a huge hit in the ’90s with ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’ And, you know, as a kid I always said I wanted to be just like my dad. And it’s crazyjust be careful what you wish for because I had the same thing he had, which was a huge hit off his first album.
I’m just delighted to be living, to be able to have a simple conversation, to feel a ray of sunlight on my skin and listen to the breeze move through the leaves of a tree.
Sugar Ray Robinson was probably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.
For me, I was able to make that statement of faith early on when my career began, so there weren’t really a lot of surprises. People around me knew where my husband Ray and I stood as far as my faith went.
I love Ray Charles. He can still teach everybody a lot about how to make great music. Not necessarily how to make hits, but how to make great music. Of course, part of it is his incredible talent. Who are the greatest jazz singers in the world? Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles.
You should have seen Willie Wells play shortstop: as good as Ozzie Smith and a better hitter. How I wish people could have seen Ray Dandridge play third base, as good as Brooks Robinson and Craig Nettles and all of those. He was bowlegged; a train might go through there, but not a baseball.
Foreman told Ray to plead guilty and he’d then give his brother $500, if Ray didn’t cause any problems at the guilty plea hearing, and he could take that $500 and hire a lawyer to set aside the plea. Foreman actually put that in writing.
William Pepper
I grew up listening to a lot of Ray Charles and ’60s rock, thanks to my father, and then my brothers got me in to KISS and whatnot, so I guess that’s where I got my first taste for music.
I’ve always been a fan of Buddy Guy as a guitarist, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan and those blues guys. I’d say those are pretty big influences on me.
Jim MacLaine was the hero of Ray Connolly’s 1973 movie ‘That’ll Be the Day’, about a young man turning his back on a university education at the turn of the ’60s in order to try his hand in a rock n’ roll band.
‘Ray of Light’ changed my life. The whole album, but that song specifically, was just so life-changing and incredible for me.
There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.
Satyajit Ray made films the way films should be made – from start to finish. So whether you’re needed on the set or not, you can spend your whole time thinking about your character.
Right around 2004 when ‘Ray’ came out, I made a conscious decision to be more discerning because I thought to myself, ‘After something like this, I really have to try to be strong enough to turn stuff down.’
Bokeem Woodbine
You knew the difference between Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, straight away. Now everyone sounds like each other, and I don’t think that’s right.
The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.
In the 1940s, boxing was a mainstream sport and deeply ingrained the fabric of Harlem. Joe Louis ruled the world, but the local icon was Sugar Ray Robinson.
I love Ray Mears. He’s brilliant. He’s so rude about me in the press, it’s outrageous!
I always loved LeAnn Rimes and especially Clint Black for his soulfulness. As I’ve gotten older, my influences have broadened – John Mayer, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Beatles – all of these artists have somehow been a part of my development as a songwriter.
My major influence is Satyajit Ray; his film ‘Shatranj ke Khilari’ was set in Awadh and it gave us memorable characters. Ray’s musical scores and soundtracks were an intrinsic part of his films. And music to me is important, too.
I love comedy and my characters in Sandip Ray’s ‘Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy’ and Anik Dutta’s ‘Bhooter Bhobisyot’ had comic elements and I enjoyed doing such roles.
I got to know Sugar Ray but I certainly would not say we were good friends.
Dick Schaap
While my favorite book of short stories is Fredrick Brown‘s ‘Nightmares and Geezenstacks,’ my favorite single story is ‘Sound of Thunder,’ by Ray Bradbury.
James Luceno
I’m someone who’s always looking for hope – if there’s a ray of hope, a shrapnel, shred, a flake of hope – because I take the misfortune or hard times of others very seriously.
My life changed when I was introduced to Satyajit Ray. It was acting for me thereafter.
I think of Ray Harryhausen’s work – I knew his name before I knew any actor or director‘s names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that’s what made me interested in animation: His work.
When I wasn’t touring I’d be really down, then suddenly after a few weeks of crazy travelling – America, a double headline with Ray Davies in Denmark, TV shows here and just partying… Suddenly I had an acute psychotic breakdown.
Ray Lewis, I’ve grown up watching Ray Lewis. Just watching his intensity, his passion for the game, his love for the game, his work ethic. Everything in a linebacker that you want to be is in Ray Lewis, from leadership qualities, all that.
Manti Te’o
Oscar De La Hoya is unique. Even Ray Leonard didn’t have the star power Oscar has.
When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn’t sold any records. And I bought his contract for $2,500.
When I go back to seek inspiration – whether it be from Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, the Beatles, Hank Williams, Ray Charles or Bob Dylan – it’s from the performance. Those artists are in the studio playing their instrument and singing. There’s no going back and redoing the vocals.
I know one thing: Ray Mercer is not going down from a head punch. I think he’s got one of the best chins in the game.
When ‘Nil By Mouth’ was released, people thought that’s what we were actually like, that they’d put me and Ray in front of the cameras and filmed what came out. No acting involved.
I’ve always slightly preferred Spade to Marlowe, probably just because I thought Hammett was cooler than Chandler. He was leftwing, his name shortened to Dash rather than Ray, and he didn’t smoke a pipe or like cats.
You don’t knock Ray Mercer out with one or two shots. You have to make him quit.
Rachael Ray is probably the most watched kitchen personality in the history of American television.
At an early age I was listening to BB King, what have you. Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Mcgriff, you dig? With the obvious Marvin Gayes and the Motown records.
Pimp C
I was a massive fan of AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Muse – I went to see all of them live. B.B. King, Chuck Berry, I love Ray Charles. I just like a bit of everything.
More than fantasy or even science fiction, Ray Bradbury wrote horror, and like so many great horror writers he was himself utterly without fear, of anything. He wasn’t afraid of looking uncool – he wasn’t scared to openly love innocence, or to be optimistic, or to write sentimentally when he felt that way.
Willie Wells, Ray Dandridge, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Quincy Troupe, Satchel Paige – earlier than when he was called up – Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson. You see what kind of talent we had, and guys in the majors knew it too.
I didn’t really know what I was looking at when I first came across Man Ray’s ‘Dust Breeding,’ his photograph of a work by Marcel Duchamp called ‘Large Glass.’ It looked like an aerial photograph or a view through a microscope.
Threats that could wipe out the bulk of life on earth abound. Planetary catastrophe could come in the form of a killer asteroid impact, the eruption of massive supervolcanoes, a nearby gamma ray burst that sterilizes the earth, or by human-driven environmental collapse.
I’m in this new Showtime series called ‘Ray Donovan.’ I play this guy Stu Feldman who runs Paramount Pictures, so the total opposite to this character.
Josh Pais
Ice, to me, is a magical healer. At night, watching ‘Ray Donovan,’ I’ll put bags of ice on my shoulders, knees, and back. It’s a miracle cure.
The characters in ‘Ray Donovan’ are not very articulate – we’re the worst Irish family you could ever live next to in L.A.
The first time I met Ray, I was going to school around the corner from his house. One day, he was playing the piano. I eased up on the porch to listen to him.
Billy Preston
I was one of I think three white girls in my school. So, I was very much an outsider. And plus I was Jewish and all of my friends were black and Baptist because they listen to the coolest music. We were all listening to Ray Charles and what was then called race music.
When I was 15, we settled in Santa Monica, in a beige suburban ranch house. By then, my father, Ray, was an architect at Welton Becket’s firm. He was handy with a pencil and pen. His figurative drawings were very good, and his talent was intimidating.
Detroitstarted based on a book called ‘The Singularity is Near’ by Ray Kurzweil, which is about this idea that one day there could be machines that are more intelligent than we are.
To my fellow nominees, whoever they are – I’m not that familiar with their work – I just want to say, there’s always next yearexcept, you know, for Ray Romano .
I dedicate some of my power to Mike Tyson. I watched a lot of film on Mike Tyson. Then we started taking notes on Muhammad Ali. We took notes on Sugar Ray Leonard. What was that fighter known for? Why was he so difficult to beat in his time, in his era and, you know, why was he at the top?
I have grown up watching Satyajit Ray, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee, Ritwik Ghatak, Raj Kapoor; listening to SD Burman, RD, Kishore Kumar and Salil Chowdhury.
I think you have a lot of really good artists today. You have your Beyonce, Usher, Nicki Minaj and the like. But our generation, the artists were stronger. You’re talking about myself, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops.
I turned my attention for a while to gamma ray astronomy and soon began the first in a continous series of experiments at the Savannah River site to study the properties of the neutrino.
Frederick Reines
Here, like everywhere else, laughing and singing, dancing and dreaming are not exactly the whole of reality; and for one ray of sun shining on the hut, the rest of the village remains in the dark.
Simone Schwarz-Bart
I didn’t even respect singers until I heard Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
The Doors are Ray, Robby, Jim and John.
I love watching old fights. It’s hard to watch the black-and-white footage, although I know about Randolph Turpin and people like that, but I’m talking about Hearns, Haggler, Leonard, those guys. Sugar Ray Leonard, he was way before his time, throwing bolos and all that, those big wind-up bolo shots.
I liked the more sophisticated urban style of blues like Ray Charles and B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Lou Rawls; people like that with more of a tendency toward jazz.
I actually don’t like westerns much. I like good westerns, but it isn’t my preferred genre. There are all kinds of westerns: acid westerns, ’70s westerns, Nicholas Ray’s neurotic westerns. The ones I tend to like are nutso westerns.
Ray and I both grew up with radio. Our whole hopes for the future were that we’d get into radio.
Bob Elliott
When I was fifteen, my father gave me a first edition copy of Ray Bradbury’s magnificent work, ‘The Martian Chronicles.’ I had read other science fiction by noted authors, but this book was something else altogether.
I’m a huge Ray Lewis fan and Ravens fan in general.
Who isn’t a fan of Ray Charles?
John Scofield
Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, their level of football professionalism was unknown to mankind. They put in countless hours off the field, in the facility, in the film room, taking care of their bodies.
Ray Bradbury taught me the importance of metaphor and simile and poetic style.
You watch guys like Ray Lewis, you watch guys like Brian Urlacher, everything they accomplished was dope. But it was cool to see them do it for one team, one city and really cement their legacy where they were at.
I honestly did not want to have kids before I met Ray Rowe.
Sarah Logan
Atlantic‘s Jerry Wexler believes first-rate records are made by first-rate voices. He certainly has worked with enough of them: Clyde McPhatter, Joe Turner, La Vern Baker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin.
Ray would be in trouble, he would get drunk, he would try and kill J.R on three different occasions, he would make mistakes with financial affairs, and have various human problems, but he didn’t have any mean bones in his body! That was a little bit of what the show was about.
Steve Kanaly
I think Ray Charles did as much as anybody when he did his country music album. Ray Charles broke down borders and showed the similarities between country music and R&B.
I’ve had people call me and tell me, ‘You’ve given me courage.’ It’s fantastic… it’s heart-warming to know you can be a ray of hope in somebody‘s life.
When you watch ‘Ray Donovan,’ you think that it’s about Hollywood, about scandal, about stars, and about trying to keep secrets. That’s true, but that’s also just the means by which you reveal secrets of the people suffering every day life.
I used to watch MTV when they played music, and discovered Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Healey.
Whether you’ve seen angels floating around your bedroom or just found a ray of hope at a lonely moment, choosing to believe that something unseen is caring for you can be a life-shifting exercise.
I actually think I needHomelandrehab. And that Ray Donovan. I think I’ve watched every episode more than once. Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright and Jon Voight have made me fall in love with acting again.
Ray grew up in Chicago so he had the blues, Muddy Waters and all that. He also had classical training. That was pretty cool. That was invoked in the intro to ‘Light My Fire,’ which was very kind of Bach-like.
When I was in Boston, I was doing a lot of Americana stuff – I fell in love with Ray LaMontagne, Patty Griffin, and Neil Young.
Madi Diaz
We’ve still got a cathode ray TV with a big back. An ancient, massive thing. All our teenagers‘ friends come round and say the TV’s really cool. The picture is so much better than HD TVs – everything looks like film. It’s not digital, and we still haven‘t got Netflix. It’s too confusing.
Everyone on ‘Ray Donovan’ was super nice. I was kind of surprised by how welcoming everyone was because of how established the show was.
Alisha Boe
Bengal has always produced good cinema, be it Satyajit Ray or Ritwik Ghatak.
Luckily, I have the good fortune of being on the same team as Ray Lewis. I don’t have to face him on Sunday.
Jamal Lewis
I feel lucky to have worked with Satyajit Ray.
When I was a kid, I always looked up to people like B.B. King and Ray Charles.
Our constitution is a ray of hope: H for harmony, O for Opportunity, P for people’s participation and E for equality.
I don’t care about losing. How many times did Michael Jordan lose before he won his first championship? It wasn’t about the number of losses with Sugar Ray Leonard or Tommy Hearns.
I’m not running around as a continual ray of sunshine. It’s just I don’t believe in wasting time feeling sorry for myself. Get over it.
Yeah, I loved Ray Bradbury.
When you come off a losing season – one of the worst seasons in all of basketball – and get guys like Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, two perennial All-Stars, we felt like we had a championship team.
We have learnt through experience that when an electrical ray strikes the surface of an atom, an electron, and in some circumstances a second and even a third electron, can be detached.
I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell.
I don’t go around thinking I’m Ray Bradbury all the time.
Ray Bradbury has a vacation house in Palm Springs, California, in the desert at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains. It’s a Rat Pack-era affair, with a chrome-and-turquoise kitchen and a small swimming pool in back.
Sam Weller
I like playing the contrasting roles. It what inspires me to act. If I look back on my career I am happy that I have gotten to play a wide variety of different roles, from Mike Dexter, to Van Ray in Fast Lane, to Dr. Cullen to Coop.
Peter Facinelli
Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.
Maurice Maeterlinck
Ray Sefo has a lot of respect. You know why? Cause he was a fighter before. He is my friend. I like him and I like the respect, the honor that the guys have in the PFL.
Ray Charles’ revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was.
Diane Watson
I have a responsibility and a job as a guy who gets paid a lot of money, I’m expected to perform. And 82 games in 6-7 months is a lot, and it’s hard on the body, and you’re not gonna play perfect every night. Even Ray Allen misses shots, even LeBron misses dunks.
Music’s been around a long time, and there’s going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it’s a big record, that’s the frosting on the cake, but music’s the main meal.
Once Ray was a Ewing, all the problems were solved.
Steve Kanaly
I always say that I went to the College of Blossoms and the University of Ray Charles.
Merry Clayton
I thought Ray Lewis was 6-6, 275 pounds, all muscle. I did a commercial with him before I even got drafted to the Baltimore Ravens. I was like, ‘Oh, you’re not that tall.’ But it’s just something about that guy.
Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.
My guitar setup is inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Revie said there was nothing between me and Ray yet he never gave me a chance to show what I could do.
Peter Shilton
The first artist I really loved was Stevie Wonder. That opened the doors to other soul singers like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
I was way into ‘Voltron,’ Ray Harryhausen: anything with giant monsters, I was really into. Even dinosaurs – for a while, I wanted to be a paleontologist. So it’s almost like primal, ancestral mythology to me, this fascination with monsters.
So when ‘Skatetown’ came up at Columbia and Ray Stark‘s studio, the idea was to do it quick. They wanted it out in the fall, and they gave me the treatment on July 4th weekend! I wrote it in four days, and, you know, it kind of looks like it.
Nick Castle
I’ve thought about what I could accomplish in football, but when you read about Mike Webster and Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling, you read all these stories, and to be the type of player I want to be in football, I think I’d have to take on some risks that, as a person, I don’t want to take on.
You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard.
I read a bit of Ray Bradbury when I was a younger man. I don’t read a lot of fiction anymore… like, none.
When I was in middle school, the librarian there was secretary for a couple of groups of professional writers. She introduced me to Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, and I became very friendly with them over a period of two years. Both of them were very generous with their time, guidance and advice.
My father, Inder Raj Anand – a famous writer in his own right – was a great friend of Satyajit Ray.
I think it was everything about him: his work ethic, his desire to be the best football player that he can be. He just woke up and he was just Ray Lewis, so he did pretty much everything great. He was a great teammate.
I was born in Islington and grew up in Islington, so Arsenal was all around me, and supporting them was kind of unavoidable. The first season I started going to watch them was when we did the Double in 1971, so my first heroes were Charlie George, Ray Kennedy, and John Radford.
When Billy Ray and I first got married, we lived in an A-frame house in Kentucky, and I didn’t even know you could get drapes made – I used to get drapes from Dillard’s. Once I hired a designer to help decorate that house was when I discovered a passion for designing.
I recently saw the movie about Ray Charles, and there’s a scene where he falls down and the mother doesn’t help him. She says, I don’t want anyone to treat you like a cripple. I’ve fallen down before, and Molly will say, get up and just go.
I have a lot of respect for every opponent. I don’t know if there’s just one who I say, ‘that guy intimidates me.’ When I was young and first came into the league, Ray Lewis was that guy. I was young.
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
I would’ve given my right arm to do something on the ‘Ray’ film, the movie about Ray Charles.
I liked Roy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali… those were the guys I was looking at growing up.
Nonito Donaire
At a very young age, when I was a baby, I used to mimic all of these movies, like ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Ray,’ the type of movies you wouldn’t think a little kid would know. But my parents thought I was great.
Ray Aghayan told me to be more flamboyant, but I have to be me.
But we did conclude that Ray had actually killed Dr. King pursuant to his theory that he was going to be able to get hold of that money. He had learned of this offer through his ties in the Missouri State Penitentiary.
I watched Ali, studied Ali, and I studied Sugar Ray Robinson. I watched them display showmanship. I watched them use pizzazz, personality, and charisma. I took things from them and borrowed things from them because boxing is entertainment.
I got thrown out of music school for even listening to Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was asked, ‘What kind of music do you like to listen to?’ and I said, ‘Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,’ and they literally said, ‘Either forget about that or leave.’
I have looked at videos of many great champions like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Frazier, who each had special qualities. I never say one particular fighter is the best ever because each has a special unique style of fighting.
‘Ray Donovan’ was all fiction and pure fun, to be working with such greats as Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. My character was recurring, but my storyline was intricate to the whole thing. With the character that I played, I got to go through all aspects of my instrument. I got to bring it to tears and to laughter.
Each emission of an alpha or beta ray accompanies the transmutation of an atom; the energy communicated to these rays comes from inside the atom.
Irene Joliot-Curie
God bless Ray Charles. It was such an honor to meet him and sing with him and actually just to watch him sing from just two feet away.
I grew up singing Ray Charles and Jimmy Reed.
I’ve always liked authors such as Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury.
Shortly after I moved to Los Angeles, I was looking for work, and I happened to be invited to Ray’s studio and sat in and played on a couple of his demos. I didn’t charge him a dime for it. I was on cloud nine to be working in the same room as Ray Charles, one of my huge idols.
Working with stalwarts like Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh is an experience I always cherish.
I would like to be able to do a song with Ray Charles, before we both get too old.
Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something.
My music library has about every genre of music possible. I’ve really gotten into Ray LaMontagne, He makes amazing music, so I listen to him, and he’s a great artist.
Jean-Luc Bilodeau
I never really thought we’d fitted into the cross-over drawer. But I think the real Sugar Ray fans did like us because we always had variety and because we experimented a lot.
Mark McGrath
When actors have the opportunity to play a larger-than-life icon – my wife did it with Tina Turner, and Jamie Foxx did it with Ray Charles – you have to make a decision how you go in. What do you start with? Where do you begin?
When I was younger, I thought LisaRaye sounded so country, but I’ve come to really appreciate my family-given name. I was named after my father, David Ray McCoy, and I’m totally a daddy‘s girl.
When I lost to Ray Mercer, I was young. I deserved to lose that fight because I hadn’t learned how to cover all the angles in preparation. I was immature.
Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world during the 1950’s when it seemed that he would either win or lose the championship about every three or four months.
Dick Schaap
It was really inspiring to be in West London in the late 1980s and early 1990s, especially in Mark Lebon’s Crunch Studios, where I met people like Ray Petri, Neneh Cherry, Judy Blame, Nick and Barry Kamen, Zoe Bedeaux, and Venetia Scott.
Suddenly, I became conscious of the fact that the driver was in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the sky.
Bram Stoker
When you listen to Ray Charles, there’s never any doubt whose voice that is.
Originally Jagte Raho was offered to Satyajit Ray to direct but he wasn’t available. That’s why the whole crew was Bengali in the film because Dada was supposed to direct it.
My dad has always been a big Ray Charles fan, and I’ve grown up listening to all kinds of music.
We felt a responsibility to the McDonald brothers and to Ray Kroc to be as factual as possible. We didn’t have a responsibility to make anyone look good or anybody look bad, just to try our best to be honest.
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
My parents had this massive record player in the living room, a ‘blue spot grand‘ they called it… it used up an entire rainforest to make this thing, and it had all these records in it. Some were rock, some were reggae, but a lot was blues – Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and all that stuff.
I loved Ray from ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ He was my guy. There was no Ray before me, so there’s a level of satisfaction there.
Jim Cummings
I thought I was going to be a horror story writer. My influences were horror writers, like Rich Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Bram Stoker.
I was a huge fan of the bandleader Ray Noble when I was younger. He was one of the biggest musical names of his day and wrote such romantic songs as ‘Goodnight Sweetheart‘ and ‘The Touch Of Your Lips.’ Wonderful stuff.
The L.A Trilogy is a series of three novels starring Ray, a robot detective, and his boss, a computer called Googol. Set in an alternative version of 1960s Los Angeles, each book will be more or less standalone but together will form an overarching story arc with ‘Brisk Money’ as the origin story.
Adam Christopher
All we can do is keep going up against then as long as Ray is alive because when he dies it will not be possible to establish the truth of his innocence in a court of law.
William Pepper
I think of people like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and Isaac Hayes. They all came out of the South, and they followed a certain tradition and energy. That’s no knock to groups like The Temptations or The Supremes, not at all, but they were way more polished in how they did things.
I never planned to win an Oscar. When I auditioned for ‘Ray,’ I was just thinking about what a great project it would be.
I always considered Ray Harryhausen’s work so fine that it was way out of my league: in terms of realism and naturalism, in terms of animal movement.
I’ll fight you, and I’ll have respect at the end. If you win, I have respect; if I win, I expect respect, Ray Mercer, man, I don’t want to mention this guy’s name anymore. He gets no respect from me. He was not professional, and he showed poor sportsmanship.
Kimbo Slice
I never had a favourite book! I liked all kinds of things – science fiction, so I read Heinlen and Ray Bradbury, and I also liked reading about kids like myself, so I read Judy Blume and Norma Klein and Paula Danzinger and a lot of other writers. I also read James Herriot!
G.I. Joe has a heart and an attitude that feels right and familiar to me, so they could have ray guns, and they’d still feel more like real troops than many other franchises.
I think Ray Guy and John Madden for sure should be in the Hall of Fame and Cliff Branch should be as well.
Jim Otto
I don’t consider myself a food person. I’m no Bobby Flay. I’m no Emeril or Paula Deen, and I’m certainly not Rachael Ray.
These guys Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac claim they’re the Kings of Comedy. They may be funny, but they ain’t no kings. That title is reserved for Rudy Ray Moore and Redd Foxx.
Rudy Ray Moore
A force field is basically an invisible shield. You push a button and all of a sudden a bubble forms around you which is impenetrable. It can stop bullets, it can stop ray gun blasts and we realized force fields are actually a little bit difficult to create.
Our problems stem from our childhood. Ray was, for so long, the only boy. Then I arrive and take all his limelight away from him. That must have quite a profound effect. I sometimes think that Ray was only happy for three-and-a-half years in his life. And those were the three-and-a-half years before I was born.
I don’t think I’ve met anyone with a stronger work ethic than Ray Charles.
I used to bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Sugar Ray Leonard. I used to bodyguard a lot of diamond merchants; I would travel with a suitcase full of diamonds and take them from point A to point B. My reputation grew because I was a professional. I did my job, and I was courteous – a no-nonsense guy.
Rarely in my 45 years as a civil rights lawyer have I been so angry about an injustice as I am about what happened to Billy Ray Johnson.
Morris Dees
I’d love to be in a period drama, though my dream role is to be in a film with Ray Winstone and Tom Hardy.
Lauren Socha
I would’ve done anything to work with Satyajit Ray.
I loved being on the set of ‘Field of Dreams‘ because I hung out with the baseball players all day, played cards, flirted with Ray Liotta, and had a ball.
I always admired Ray Kroc, the man who invented McDonald’s. Ray had a vision of the most commonplace thing – a hamburger and fries to go – but to him it was just the greatest thing ever, and he was going to make it the greatest thing ever for everybody else, and he did.
I fought Sugar Ray six times. Pound for pound the greatest fighter who ever lived.
I think Ray Liotta in ‘Goodfellas’ is the best ever. Given that it was two hours, it was a little bit more theatrical, and I mean that in the most positive way.
Sugar Ray and talked about doing some articles together or writing a book together but dealing with Sugar Ray was a lot like fighting him. He would fake you in and then he’d drop you.
Dick Schaap
When I’m just tryna funk, it’s gonna be the Staple Singers, man – Pop Staples. And Ray Charles. Ray could take ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and make that funky.
I grew up in a super suburban place where the mundane middle-class issues were similar to what Ray Davies was singing about. All the topics he was singing about were middle-class woes and humanitarian woes – human-being woes.
My father was a low-budget monster movie maker, so he made classics like ‘The Crater Lake Monster.’ There were always creatures around. And my dad was a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen. One of our neighbors, who went on to win several Academy Awards, was close friends with my dad. His name is Phil Tippett.
Robert Stromberg
I was reading an article with Stevie Ray Vaughan a long time ago, and the number ‘1959’ stuck out to me for some reason. So I started searching those out as the band got more popular and I could actually afford one. And I found this one in Los Angeles. That’s what introduced me to the whole world of 1959s.
Right after college, I got really into St. Vincent. She just is so cool and out there. I think that’s super-inspiring. And tone and mood-wise, I just love Patsy Cline and Ray Charles.
As far as fiction goes, as far as everything from Dr. Seuss to Oscar Wilde to Bret Easton Ellis. Ray Bradbury. There’s just tons of stuff that I love. Neil Gaiman!
I really value and appreciate Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju’s contribution in spearheading the historic judgement of decriminalisation of Section 377 in India. Their relentless efforts and fight against the discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTQ community in India was a ray of hope for many of us.
When my father got the letter from Satyajit Ray saying I could work with him, I had to give up ‘Saat Hindustani.’ So I left for Calcutta and Amitabh got the role of the poet that I was supposed to play.
Ray Bradbury’s connections to fantasy, space, cinema, to the macabre and the melancholy, were all born of his years spent running, jumping, galloping through the woods, across the fields, and down the brick-paved streets of Waukegan.
Sam Weller
Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles, for living.
I understand that not everyone agrees with my perspective on Ray Kelly. But what you gotta look at here is somebody like Bill de Blasio talking out of both sides of his mouth and trying to have it both ways on a really critical issue like stop-and-frisk.
Ray Santos is one of my personal heroes. I model my life on people like him.
Arturo O’Farrill
Ray Bradbury was the first author that I was really exposed to back in grade school. I’m a big Philip K. Dick fan, but the emotion and humanity that Bradbury brings to his stories and the way he uses sci-fi to get at the human heart is something that’s unique and for me incredibly influential.
Everyone felt like they knew Ray Charles and in a way they did, because he was embodied by his music.
I’m always dissing Ray and making fun of him, talking about his money.
Well I don’t think I’ve scored my life exclusively to Ray Charles.
I’m going to follow the greats and make history. The likes of Felix Trinidad, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao have all moved through the weights to prove they are greats at all weights.
Ray Charles, in his own way, it’s like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
I tend to be a fan of darker shows and love ‘The Americans,’ ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Peaky Blinders.’
Chris Jericho and I were really excited about teaming together, but we didn’t get to sink our teeth into what we could have done as a team. We really wanted to throw it back to the glory days of Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens. We were committed, we were coming up with team moves, and all of the things were made to work.
Ray Harryhausen’s ‘Sinbad’ picture was the first film I remember seeing. I was two years old when it came out, and it changed my life forever. I had nightmares about dragons and stuff for years – and loved it!
Hey, you can’t play football forever unless you’re Brett Favre or Ray Lewis.
Sugar Ray wouldn’t give me a rematch, and that’s the reason I walked away from boxing.
I tried my best to ensure I kept the respect for the middleweight division in the tradition of Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake La Motta.
Extending our lives, extending our creativity, opening up the mysteries of the brain. All those things that are really exciting – that’s kind of the basis of ‘Neon Future,’ and that’s why I interviewed Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey.
I remember when Muhammad Ali got beaten the first time. I remember when Lennox Lewis got beaten the first time, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson. All of those were legendary fighters, and they came back, and that’s what made them different – what they did after they got beat.
My earliest memories of music are probably my dad listening to a bunch of outlaw country, but also old R&B and Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin. But, you know, I had rock phases and liked more modern R&B acts. I’ve always listened to all kinds of music, and I like all kinds of music.
‘Ray Donovan’ is such a revelation to everybody who’s working on it, and it’s only getting better.
Steven Bauer
I used to love to see Willie Pep and Ray Robinson. To me, the epitome of a great athlete is a great boxer. I just love the rhythm of seeing a man dance, slip punches. I loved the dancers and boxers. I would see them and be mesmerized.
Emanuel Steward
I remember the beginnings of the Kurzweil reading machine. I was one of the first to meet Ray Kurzweil and purchase the reading machine in Boston. To think that the machine was at least two and a half large suitcases at the time, and now you have a camera and it takes a picture and you have sound.
I had imagined doing nuclear physics and cosmic ray work in greater style in peace time. To do modern physics in a small way is of no use of all.
Is Duran’s ‘No Mas’ a more defining moment in his career than his victory over Sugar Ray Leonard in their first fight? For many, it is.
When you work with Ray Charles, Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra, and you tell them to jump without a net, you better know what you’re talking about. Thank God I was ready for it.
We have about 4 million people who have voted for who they want to see in the Hall of Fame. There are some people they put down that are pretty good players. You have Ray Guy, Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes and Donnie Shell.
The Paris agreement represents a huge step forward. It would have been preferable, of course, to start the process many years earlier, and a lot of question marks remain on how nations will ratify it, adhere to it and report their carbon reductions. But this is a remarkable ray of hope for our planet.
One day I heard Ray Charles on the radio and I found out he was blind. I thought, ‘You know what, if there’s room for Ray, there might be room for Jose.’
Brendon’s more of a Peter Gabriel fan, and I’m more of a Ray Davies fan.
Ray Leonard is more the family man, kind of quiet. He’s not as outgoing as Sugar Ray Leonard. Sugar Ray Leonard was very determined, very focused, very outgoing and very selfish, if you will. There are two different individuals there.
I think there are always people who, when they get the bug to play an instrument, they want to get as good as they can with it rather than just be simply adequate at it. You run into them every once in a while – some kid who wants to be the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, for whatever reason, and plays exactly like him.
Sugar Ray Robinson is my favorite boxer of all time. He is a middleweight. I saw him and liked him.
Sugar Ray Leonard was as close as anyone came after Ali to being Ali, but he wasn’t Ali.
Dick Schaap
But I’m really into old music – bluesy, soulful singers, like Etta James, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. I wouldn’t have minded being born in the 1960s!
To me, Satyajit Ray is just Manik da. Our relationship dates back to 1958, when he introduced me to the silver screen. I was just 13.
I’d like to team up with somebody like Willie Nelson or Ray Benson.
I just did a part in ‘Sin City 2.’ I got to do a scene with Ray Liotta. Amazing man, extraordinary gentleman who was just so kind to me… I’m so excited about that; I think it’s gonna be very cool.
I like everything perfect. Everything has to be neat. My sister is 5, and she’s more messy than I am. I make my bed every morning, everything’s perfect. My shoes are all arranged. It’s sad. I’m a little like Ray, a little bit.
Quincy Jones’ autobiography ‘Q’ is very good. Because he’s a master at music, he’s one of our greatest composers, and its good for him to have a book and tell the good ole days when he was with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles.
Ray Lewis, the greatest player ever, has been hurt a couple of times, but he has always come back strong.
For me, one of my personal inspirations was designers in the mid-20th century named Charles and Ray Eames.
One of the greatest live recordings, I think, in the history of the world is Ray Charles in Atlanta… And they didn’t even have a big mobile recording thing set up. The word on the street was they only had like two microphones, one for the band and one for him. Perfect recordings. I think it’s mono.
I was into all sorts of music as a kid. I was very curious about ethnic music and different styles. I loved Django Reinhardt. I loved Ella Fitzgerald. I was also influenced by all the crooners of the day, like Johnny Ray, Frankie Lane.
Well, I’m Buddhist, Ray, and so part of my Buddhism has allowed me to look a little more deeply at people and the events in my life that created me. And I think a lot of that Buddhism comes out in the world view in this novel.
Ya know, I always admired Ray Kroc, the man who invented McDonald’s. Ray had a vision of the most commonplace thing – a hamburger and fries to go – but to him it was just the greatest thing ever, and he was going to make it the greatest thing ever for everybody else, and he did.
I met Ray Charles at 14, and he was 16. But he was like a hundred years older than me.
Ray Bradbury is one who is contributing to the understanding of the imagination and the curiosity of the human race.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that’s what caught everybody’s attention. As a player, he didn’t do anything amazing.
I knelt at the altar of Ray Charles for years. I worked at a restaurant, and that’s all there was on the jukebox.
It’s so stupid, but I used to subscribe to Rachel Ray’s magazine when I was little because I loved cooking and home things and stuff like that.
What happens also is that a lot of those people and reporters who vote for Hall of Famers, some of the people who were around when Ray Guy was around, are deceased. And some of the reporters don’t remember Ray Guy. He should have been in the Hall of Fame 15 years ago.