Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "JOhn Q. Citizen," Feb. 8, 1997

Mistakes were made.

PRESIDENT CLINTON in a news conference in response to questions about the propriety of Democratic National Committee fundraising.

Well, it was a mistake.... And I take responsibility for that.

Vice President AL GORE on NBC's Today, answering a question about his attendance at a fundraiser in a Buddhist temple.

When I was told I was disinvited to the Clinton dinner, I said, 'Fine, we want our money back.'

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Pasteur Merieux Connaught's GEOFFRY PETERSON, who wants the vaccine manufacturing company's $15,000 contribution returned. The disinvitation came after the DNC decided to bar contributions from United States-based corporations with a foreign-owned parent.

If Random House took its leftover copies of President Clinton's book and made a bridge out of them, it would reach all the way to the 22nd century.

Washington Post writer DAVID STREITFELD on the book publisher's &quotspecial inaugural offer" of Mr. Clinton's Between Hope and History for $1.50 a copy, slightly more than cost.

This is why you should use a longer key.

E-mail message of University of California Berkeley computer student IAN GOLDBERG, who in 3-1/2 hours cracked a 40-bit computer encryption code and won a $1,000 prize from a data security company. The company placed a challenge with cash prizes to crack its security codes in an effort to show the government why it's foolish to block the export of more complicated code systems. A spokesman for the company said the &quotcryptography software that you are allowed to export is so weak as to be useless."

I'm the only candidate running who won't have to be mayor to perform same-sex marriages. Win or lose, you can come to me.

The Rev. AL SHARPTON, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York, in New York magazine.

It's a rejection of the modern aesthetic. Your body is yours. It's the one thing you have to express yourself with.

KRISTIAN WHITE, owner of the Nomad Body Piercing Studio in San Francisco, described by The Los Angeles Times as at the &quotcutting edge of piercing's 'modern primitive' movement." The studio specializes in tribal and ancient piercings such as stretched-out lip holes, large septum jewelry, and low-hanging earlobes.

Chinese people should worship Chinese gods, Taiwanese people should worship Taiwanese gods.

Taiwan Independence Party banners protesting the arrival in Taiwan of Matsu, a gold-plated statue from China believed to be an actual goddess. Matsu was transported in the first-class cabin of plane, where &quotshe" was offered food and beverages by flight attendants. The independence party has denounced the statue's arrival as a ploy by Beijing to ensure Taiwan is brought under its eventual rule through cultural infiltration.


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