Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Wedgwood shooting," Oct. 2, 1999

I wouldn't just give them a handout.

Miss America 2000 Heather Renee French, who plans to take up the cause of homeless veterans, on how she would not approach the problem. "I believe we need more permanent solutions, instead of temporary solutions, and that's what handouts are," she explained.

She's going to share it with her ex-husband.

Miss America pageant co-host Marie Osmond, joking about how the newly crowned winner might divide the scholarship award. The facetious line was meant to poke fun at a proposed rules change to next year's pageant that would allow divorced women to compete.

Once I get something in my head, I've got to get it off my back.

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Mixing clichés but making his point anyway, Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), explaining why he penned a novel about life in Western Pennsylvania during World War II.

We're going to stand with you until you get back on your feet again.

Defying logic (how can he stand with someone not on his feet?), but making his point anyway, President Bill Clinton in Tarboro, N.C., assuring citizens devastated by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Floyd that federal disaster assistance was on its way.

If it comes to playing basketball or the Sabbath, I'm going to go with the Sabbath.

Orthodox Jewish student athlete Tamir Goodman, on why he's turned down an oral commitment from the University of Maryland for a basketball scholarship. The young man cited friction with the Maryland coaching staff over his refusal to play on the Jewish Sabbath.

Perhaps we need Don King to moderate?

Maurice Carroll, a political analyst with the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute, on the flashy boxing promoter who might be the most qualified to put together a Reform Party debate between Donald Trump and Pat Buchanan.


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