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Quotables

Issue: "Midterm elections 1998," Nov. 14, 1998

All it says in the rulebook is, be over 25 and live in the state for one year. I'm qualified.

Minnesota Gov.-elect Jesse "The Body" Ventura, the former professional wrestler-turned-politician who won a plurality victory as a third-party candidate.

Too much abstract language may make your reader suspect that something real and unpalatable is being wrapped up in verbiage.

From a European Union booklet urging its bureaucrats to use plain language. Some EU documents use the term "grain eating units" to describe sheep and "intermodal transport systems" instead of buses.

Voters tend to believe ideas that they see believed.

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Conservative columnist George F. Will on how the Republican Party's "retreat from clarity" contributed to its electoral losses last week.

I'm just waiting to be asked where I'm going after the Super Bowl so I can say, 'I don't know about everyone else, but I ain't going to Disneyland. I'm going to church.

Dallas Cowboys star in Newsweek.

You think I'm going to obey the law? You're crazy.

Jack Kevorkian, in court after being found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of interfering with police and resisting arrest. The suicide crusader got into a scuffle with police after dropping off a corpse at a local hospital.

To look at the window ... as I did that first day ... to look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible.

Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), on the view of Earth from aboard space shuttle Discovery.

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