Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Debunking Darwinism," Nov. 22, 1997

It's just amazing to me that a guy could fall that far and have that kind of thing happen to him and survive. It's just an awesome display of how inches can make a difference in someone's life.

JOHN BROWN, a trauma center physician who treated 37-year-old construction worker Lee Hooks. Mr. Hooks fell 30 feet from the roof of an elementary school and was impaled on a 2-by-4 piece of lumber, which missed all major arteries, organs, and spine. Surgeons cut a 2-foot incision across Mr. Hooks's abdomen to remove the board and part of his small intestine.

It was an innocuous prank, and it was grossly overblown by the school district.

KEVIN KEANE, lawyer for a middle-school student in Wisconsin facing disorderly conduct charges for his part in giving a Merton Intermediate School classmate a wedgie. Four boys involved in the incident were suspended for three days and school officials asked the Sheriff's department to investigate. The four received disorderly conduct citations, carrying $141 fines.

Honor, courage, and commitment are not extreme.

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Gen. CHARLES KRULAK, Marine Corps commandant, responding to Mrs. Lister, who contended her remarks were "taken out of context."

My past history has nothing to do with that.

Washington, D.C., mayor MARION BARRY, who served six months in prison on a crack cocaine charge in 1990, on his support for a petition drive to legalize medicinal marijuana use in the district.

Facts are stubborn things.

The authentication code phrase used by Judge Hiller Zobel to verify to journalists that a call from the court notifying them of his verdict in the Louise Woodward au pair trial was legitimate. The phrase is by 18th-century French novelist Alain Rene Lesage.

We're using the term soul in the metaphysical sense, in the secular sense, before the religious meaning, before the Christian meaning. That's our intent.

ROBERT AUSTIN, spokesman for Volvo, responding in the Washington Times to complaints about a television ad campaign for the Swedish automaker's sport-utility vehicle, which claims, "Volvo can save your soul."

The Marines are extremists.

SARA LISTER, assistant secretary of the Army for personnel, at a scholarly military seminar in Baltimore. Mrs. Lister said the Army "is much more connected to society" and that Marine extremism poses "some risks of total disconnection with society, and that's a little dangerous."


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