Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Social Security," Jan. 11, 1997

You don't have to go to school to learn to talk garbage.

JESSE JACKSON, upon learning that Oakland (Calif.) public-school officials had planned to recognize Black English--"Ebonics"--as a second language. Mr. Jackson later softened his opposition to the use of Ebonics when officials explained the "language" would be used in helping to instruct students in proper English

We mustn't deify Shakespeare.

WILLIAM W. COOK, chairman of the department of English at Dartmouth, referring to a survey that found the teaching of great books on the decline. A survey by the National Alumni Forum showed that many colleges and universities no longer require English majors to take a course on Shakespeare's plays.

He is a good representative of what ought to happen, because death is not his subspecialty but an integrated part of his practice. He treats someone as a whole person, not an anticipatory corpse.

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Harvard law professor LAWRENCE TRIBE, describing Dr. Timothy E. Quill, the plaintiff on whose behalf he will argue before the Supreme Court that doctor-assisted suicide should be allowed.

After four years of a Democratic administration that bends ethical rules and tells untruths so routinely that no one is surprised by anything coming out of the White House anymore, the Democrats have not buckled. Instead, in a move that must be admired for its brazenness, House Democrats call for deposing the Speaker for an offense-making misleading statements to Congress-which the Ethics Committee itself has not even alleged was intentional.

Washington Post columnist CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER.

The name just plummets, to one-tenth its 1992 level. I mean, that poor woman.... It's the quickest fall in a name I've ever seen.

CLEVELAND KENT EVANS, a Nebraska onomastician (person who studies names), on the drop in parents' naming their daughters Hillary. In 1992 Hillary was in the top 75 among girls' names.

Each day the use of the pulpit to put people against the revolution is less, and when this does happen we discuss it with church authorities.

CARIDAD DIEGO, a religious-affairs official with the Communist Party of Cuba, testifying to a parliamentary committee on foreign relations. The Cuban "parliament" met Dec. 24 and 25 (Christmas is not recognized in Cuba), the only two days in 1996 when the sham body conducted business.


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