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Quotables

Issue: "Bible translation blues," Nov. 21, 1998

I would consider taking business class, particularly with the present difficult times for the economy.

Andrew Leung, a Hong Kong official in the Chinese puppet government, in the South China Morning Post after the paper reported he enjoyed a $9,000 first-class flight to London for a couple of vacation days en route to a conference in Israel. Hong Kong currently suffers a 15-year high rate of unemployment.

We're not out to get the Amish.

John Fraser, acting administrator of the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, defending his office's $8,300 fine against Moses Smucker, an Amish man, for employing four under-16 teens, two of whom were his own children. Mr. Smucker called the fine "another example of big government gone nuts." The U.S. House approved a measure this fall to ease child labor laws for Amish youths working in sawmills and wood shops. The Senate has so far failed to act.

Who wants to be cooking hamburgers on the grill and have a breeze come and pepper them with someone's ashes?

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Pasadena, Md., resident Pam Folderauer, complaining about the practice of scattering ashen remains of cremated bodies in their waterfront hamlet called Venice on the Bay-a coveted final resting place.

Do you find this funny?

Monica Lewinsky, pausing from her cellular phone conversation while dining at a chic Manhattan restaurant, to a patron who was looking at her and laughing. The diner replied, "As a matter of fact, I do."

They'll get a job!

Bobbie McCaughey, mother of septuplets born last year, on what her children will do when they turn 16 and want their own car. Mrs. McCaughey gave a teleconference interview with reporters on the occasion of the seven kids' first birthday.

In some respects I have been the most unlucky Dalai Lama.

The 63-year-old Tibetan Dalai Lama in a speech to Washington's National Endowment for Democracy, lamenting that he has lived "as a refugee" for most of his life. He said his "reincarnation" will never give up the idea of Tibetan autonomy.

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