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Russell 'Stringer' Bell (Character)
from "The Wire" (2002)

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"The Wire: Reformation (#3.10)" (2004)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: You know, Avon, you gotta think about what we got in this game for, man. Huh? Was it the rep? Was it so our names could ring out on some fucking ghetto streetcorners, man? Naw, man. There's games beyond the fucking game.

Russell 'Stringer' Bell: You and me? We brothers, B. We didn't think we would make it this fucking far, but fuck if we ain't standing here right now with the whole world at our feet. The whole world, man, not these fucking corners. The whole world, B.

Russell 'Stringer' Bell: You know, Avon, you gotta think about what we got in this game for, man. Huh? Was it the rep? Was it so our names could ring out on some fucking ghetto streetcorner, man? No, man. There's games beyond the fucking game.


"The Wire: Homecoming (#3.6)" (2004)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Twenty-five gets me the permits?
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Mm-mmm. Twenty gets you the permits. Five is for me for bribing these downtown motherfuckers. I mean, I'm the one got to risk walking up to these thieving bitches with cash in hand, right? I'm telling you, String, the people running the city nowadays, they make the last bunch look sanctified. I mean, this some shameful shit.

Avon Barksdale: How many corners do we need? How much money can a nigger make?
Avon Barksdale: More than a nigger can spend.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: And then we ain't gonna be around to spend what we done made already.
Avon Barksdale: Shit, I ain't think I was gonna be around this long.

Avon Barksdale: The game is the fuckin' game. Period.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Same as it ever was.


"The Wire: Moral Midgetry (#3.8)" (2004)
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: I'm going to bring you along, String, but it ain't going to be an overnight thing. We spend this year dealing with the city, the next doing business with the state. However, year three, then we go for the gold. Then we go federal. Then we see the man with his hand on the faucet.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: What faucet?
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: The hood faucet. The money faucet.

State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Look, it takes money to make money, String. Otherwise every pauper would be a king.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: And I'm sayin', I'm ready to run now.
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Three years. Crawl, walk, and then run.


"The Wire: Middle Ground (#3.11)" (2004)
[Omar and Brother Mouzone have Stringer cornered, their guns turned on him]
Stringer Bell: I ain't strapped. Look, man. I ain't involved. I ain't involved in that gangster bullshit no more.
[both gunmen are silent, Stringer is breathing hard from running]
Stringer Bell: What y'all niggers want, man? Huh? Money?
[however, he just gets more silence]
Stringer Bell: IS THAT IT? Cause if it is, man, I can be a better friend to y'all alive.
Omar: You still don't get it, do you? This ain't about your money, bro. Your boy gave you up. That's right. And we ain't had to torture his ass neither!
[Stringer is silent, realizing that Omar now knows he had his lover Brandon tortured and killed. He then looks to Brother Mouzone, and with him there - realizes he now knows he tried to have him killed, and that both men have come for retribution]
Stringer Bell: [regrettably] Seems like I can't say nothing to change y'all minds.
[long silence]
Stringer Bell: Well, get on with it, motherfu...
[Omar and Mouzone shoot him to death]

Stringer Bell: We ain't gotta dream no more, man. We got real shit. Real estate we can touch.


"The Wire: Hot Shots (#2.3)" (2003)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: While back, I took a stroll through the pit. I saw that kid we got running things down there, uh, Poot. Now, he got the cell phone I gave him for the business, right there on his hip. But, the nigga got another cell phone that only rang when the pussy called. Now, if this no-count nigga got two cell phones, how the fuck you gonna sell any more of them motherfuckers? That's market saturation.


"The Wire: The Target (#1.1)" (2002)
Det. Frank Barlow: Think I give a fuck? I'll be chalkin' you off one night.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: You have a nice day.


"The Wire: Hard Cases (#2.4)" (2003)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Yo, Rock.
Sean 'Shamrock' McGinty: Huh?
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Be subtle with it, man.
[pauses]
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: You know what subtle means?
Sean 'Shamrock' McGinty: Laid back and shit.


"The Wire: Dead Soldiers (#3.3)" (2004)
Stringer Bell: That's good. That's like a 40-degree day. Ain't nobody got nothing to say about a 40-degree day. Fifty. Bring a smile to your face. Sixty, shit, niggas is damn near barbecuing on that motherfucker. Go down to 20, niggas get their bitch on. Get their blood complaining. But forty? Nobody give a fuck about 40. Nobody remember 40, and y'all niggas is giving me way too many 40-degree days! What the fuck?
Sapper: [a few minutes later when Stringer is done talking] We on that shit like a Forty Degree Day!


"The Wire: The Pager (#1.5)" (2002)
D'Angelo Barksdale: Yeah but, Stringer, if you don't pay a nigga, he ain't gonna work for you.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: What, you think a nigga's gonna get a job? You think... you think it's gonna be like, "Fuck it, let me quit this game here and go to college"? No, they're gonna buck a little, but they ain't gonna walk. And in the end, you gonna get respect.


"The Wire: All Due Respect (#3.2)" (2004)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: If the man comin', make ready for the man.


"The Wire: Time After Time (#3.1)" (2004)
[At the end of a meeting of Stringer's drug organization]
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Adjourn your asses.


"The Wire: The Buys (#1.3)" (2002)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Doin' good out there, D.
D'Angelo Barksdale: We'll be doing even better when we get that new package.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: [laughs] New package same as old, man.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Say what?
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Ain't no new package. Just gonna put that same shit out in a different colored gelcap is all. Might spike that shit with some procaine or some caffeine, but otherwise it's the same.
D'Angelo Barksdale: String, man, people already coming back on us tellin' us that shit is weak.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: I know; shit *is* weak, but, y'know, shit is weak all over. The thing is, no matter what we call heroin, it's gonna get sold. Shit is *strong*, we gonna sell it; shit is *weak*, we gonna sell twice as much. You know why? 'Cause a fiend, he gonna chase that shit no matter what. It's crazy, you know. We do worse, and we get paid more. The govermnent do better, and it don't mean no nevermind.
[pointing to the money]
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: This shit right here, D, is forever.


"The Wire: Slapstick (#3.9)" (2004)
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis: Sometimes with the bureaucracy, one hand doesn't know what the other hand is all about.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Yeah, well. you know what i see? / I see one hand in my pocket, well the other hand seems to have grabbed a dick.


"The Wire: Cleaning Up (#1.12)" (2002)
D'Angelo Barksdale: Where's Wallace at? Where's the boy, String?
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: D'Angelo, shut your mouth.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Where's Wallace? That's all I wanna know. Where the fuck is Wallace? Huh? String? String? Look at me. Look at me! Where the fuck is Wallace? Huh? I don't want this Payless wearing motherfucker representing me! Imma get my own man. Alright? So just get back in your car, and the get fuck down south.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Alright you stupid motherfucker. You made this decision.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Yeah, I made my decision. Where's Wallace at? Where the fuck is Wallace? Where's Wallace, String? String! Where the fuck is Wallace? Huh? Stringer!


"The Wire: Straight and True (#3.5)" (2004)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Motherfucker, what is that?
Sean 'Shamrock' McGinty: Robert Rules say we gotta have minutes for a meeting, right? These the minutes.
Russell 'Stringer' Bell: Nigger, is you taking notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy?


"The Wire: The Cost (#1.10)" (2002)
Proposition Joe: He said y'all would be paying my fee rather than his own, so...
Stringer Bell: Your fee?
Proposition Joe: I'm doing like one of them marriage counselors. Charge by the hour to tell some fool he need to bring some flowers home. And charge another hour telling the bitch she oughta suck some cock every little once in a while. You know, keep a marriage strong like that.
[Omar arrives]
Proposition Joe: Speaking of cocksuckers...
Proposition Joe: [to Omar] Don't believe we met. Proposition Joe. You ever steal from me, I'll kill your whole family.