A list of quotes (and sayings) of Ryan Moran adapted from the book, “Control Switch On.”

“Sometimes the withholding of a small part of the truth is not only wise, but prudent.”

“There is one principle that bars all other principles, and that is contempt prior to investigation.” (Ryan was fond of paraphrasing Herbert Spencer)

“What do you mean?”, “How do you know?”, “So what?”

“I don’t need much, just one meal a day, a pack of cigarettes and a roof over my head.”

“Well…, we must have different data bases, mustn’t we?”

“This guy is more squirrely than a shithouse rat”

The CIA—you know, the ‘Catholic Irish Alcoholics’

“That dumb fuck.”

“Oye! A Jew and an Irishman—what a team!”

“Okay, everybody, up and to the right ten thousand feet,” ( If things in general were not going
well. Refers to his jet flying days)

“Is that what you want to do?…..Are you sure?”

“Curiosity is self serving,”

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you will end up somewhere else.”

“So…, what are you thinking?”

“I can do anything that I want, as long as I have the desire and I am willing to pay the price.”
(His working definition of honesty)

“Well, what did you learn tonight?”

“Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, and don’t get too far out into your future.”

“If you meet someone in the middle of the desert and he asks you where the next water hole is, you had better tell him the truth. If you don’t, then the next time you meet, he will kill you.”

“Damn it!”

“And remember to watch your mirrors!” (Refers to the fact someone may be following us in the car)

“A person either gets humble or gets humiliated.”

“That’s right.”

“Oye, Sheldon, a Jew and an Irishman—talk about guilt and suffering!”

“Pigs grow fat, but hogs get slaughtered.”

“A friend is someone who is coming in, when everyone else is going out.”

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