Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Washington Gets One Right," Dec. 6, 1997

I don't need forgiveness from people. The one person I needed to get forgiveness from, I got a long time ago-that was God. But I needed to apologize.

Former associate attorney general WEBSTER HUBBELL, in an interview with The Washington Post on why he wrote Friends in High Places.

You had instance after instance where they've said, 'No, no, no, it's not true. How could you suggest such a thing?' And then a few weeks later they say, 'Oh, well, yes, I guess it is true, but there's nothing wrong with it.'

ABC television personality COKIE ROBERTS, on the story suggesting the Clinton administration sold burial plots at Arlington Cemetery for campaign contributions, on This Week.

These presidential palaces seem to be getting larger, more numerous. How many palaces can one have?

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UN weapons inspector RICHARD BUTLER, on ABC television on Baghdad's refusal to allow weapons inspections of Saddam Hussein's 47 presidential "palaces."

We want you to know there are still some nice people in the world.

Card from Hillsborough County (Fla.) sheriff's deputies to an 80-year-old woman, Antonia Sanabria, ordered off a Greyhound bus at 3:00 a.m. at a rural stop after the driver discovered she was transporting a puppy. Police from different jurisdictions teamed up to ferry the woman home. Greyhound officials apologized to Mrs. Sanabria, suspended the driver, and refunded her money.

Did you do that?

A prospective Unabomber juror to defendant Theodore Kaczynski. The female jury candidate had just been asked by Mr. Kaczynski's lawyer how she would feel about imposing the death penalty on a person who mailed bombs with the intent of killing the recipients. When Mr. Kaczynski remained still, showing no reaction to the question but still staring at the woman, the potential juror then asked the lawyer, "Is that what he's done?"

I was told by her to pick up the dog and drop him.

JOHN MORGAN, former driver for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, referring to her instructions to him regarding what to do with the injured body of a 14-year-old boy, Stompie Seipei, who later died. Mr. Morgan testified before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission last week.


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