Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Pensacola," Dec. 20, 1997

I also worked very hard at jobs that were not necessarily related to what I was doing. And I tried very hard to do a really good a job-even if it was a man asking me to make coffee.

Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, on what made her successful, to a group of students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Italian Americans notoriously get this bad rap.

San Francisco County and City Supervisor ANGELA ALIOTO, a friend of shopping mall developer and Victim of the Week Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., who resigned suddenly last week as owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. DeBartolo expected to be indicted by a federal grand jury following allegations that he paid $400,000-in $100 bills-to former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards in order to win a riverboat gambling license. After receiving the 49ers as a gift from his father at age 30, Mr. DeBartolo went on to win five Super Bowls, making him the NFL's most successful owner.

At no time was any food eaten out of any garbage can, period.

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Lawyer DAVID HOOD, disputing a school investigation of his client, a South Carolina kindergarten teacher, accused of forcing two 5-year-old girls to eat Moon Pies they had discarded after taking only one bite. The teacher had warned her students not to take any food they wouldn't eat during snacktime. Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors dropped the case against the teacher, who had been scheduled for trial Dec. 22 on child cruelty charges.

Thou shalt not steal.

Label affixed to the back of a sign posted near a Christmas tree in the Wisconsin state capitol by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. For the second year in a row, the group received permission to post the sign, which reads, "In this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

They may not miss me in Washington, but I know that little guy misses me.

Former President GEORGE BUSH, referring to comedian Dana Carvey. Mr. Bush, speaking at the New Jersey Summit on Volunteerism, also said, "I don't miss the national press. And I can say that now, because I have a spirit of liberation about me. I could tell you what I really think of them, but like Dana Carvey said: 'Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.'"

We're not here today to discuss the facts.

Defense lawyer JOHNNIE COCHRAN, with client Latrell Sprewell, who attacked his coach during a practice, at a news conference during which specific questions about the choking incident were turned aside.

Maybe his boss needed choking.

San Francisco Mayor WILLIE BROWN, who is demanding an investigation into the NBA's one-year suspension of Mr. Sprewell.


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