Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Palau: Renaissance Man," Jan. 24, 1998

It's like being under surveillance, like those security cameras at convenience stores. Human behavior changes when you know you are being watched.

TAKAKO KATAYAMA, an office clerk in Tokyo, quoted by The Washington Post on last week's debut of Kokkai TV, Japan's answer to C-SPAN, which will cover the deliberations of the Japanese legislature, the Diet. Mr. Katayama believes coverage of national politics will discourage corruption.

It shut them up.

JONATHAN M. CHAREST, a Rochester, N.H., man who was so fed up with the fighting between relatives sharing his apartment he allegedly used a chainsaw to run them out. Mr. Charest, who said he wanted the husband and wife to leave, faces three counts of criminal reckless conduct for sawing through the door of the bedroom where the couple was staying.

Well, I think the word is 'powerless.'

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CLARK WHITE, pastor of St. Patrick's parish in Brasher Falls, N.Y., in an NPR interview, summing up the feelings of those who come to his church seeking shelter from the ice storm in the Northeast that has left many without electricity.

Our actions are not for sale to some foreign influence or some foreign interests.

BOB DOLE in October 1996, when he was a candidate for president. Last week, Mr. Dole signed a contract with the government of Taiwan to provide "strategic advice and counseling" for a fee of $30,000 per month. But in foreign-agent registration papers filed with the Justice Department, Mr. Dole declared he would not lobby the Congress or the White House.

I'm a very schmaltzy person, so I get all choked up when I come here. I keep imagining whether I'm standing someplace where John Lennon was and all that.

PRESIDENT CLINTON at a $250,000 fundraising luncheon in the New York City apartment building where former Beatle John Lennon lived and was murdered.

We are not concerned at all. We are among those who invited him. We are not stupid. We are not crazy. We are receiving a friend.

RICARDO ALARCON, president of the Cuban "parliament," protesting too much to journalists who suggested that perhaps the visiting Pope John Paul II might become a rallying point for a free Cuba, which has been under communism for 35-plus years.

I was trying to find a shorthand way to explain his incredible effectiveness in dealing with the white institutions.

University of Florida president JOHN LOMBARDI, attempting to explain why he referred to the new chancellor of the State University System, Adam Herbert, as an "Oreo." The derogatory term is used to suggest a person who is black on the outside is "white" on the inside, with the assumption that skin color determines ideas and attitudes.


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