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Issue: "The harvest of abortion," Oct. 23, 1999

My advice for you is if you can't afford it, don't buy it.

Billionaire Warren Buffett, cautioning kids against credit-card debt. Mr. Buffett made the comment during a conference on finances for Nebraska high-school students.

I know our fans pride themselves on being tough, but that wasn't tough. That was just plain ignorant.... I was embarrassed to stand on the sideline.

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Charles Johnson, after Philadelphia fans cheered when Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin lay injured on the playing field for 15 minutes during the Oct. 10 NFL game between the two teams.

I am calling on my teammates to set an example for all players.

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Mike Modano, in a press release taped to the dressing-room wall of his NHL hockey team, the Dallas Stars. Mr. Modano suffered a concussion, a broken nose, and strained neck ligaments in a hit from behind by Anaheim Mighty Ducks goon Ruslan Salei. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock had vowed revenge, but Mr. Modano said he doesn't "want anyone getting even on my behalf." He called for an end to hockey violence.

Talk about slouching, how about slumming?

Former Judge Robert Bork, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, on GOP presidential hopeful George W. Bush "begging [Pat] Buchanan to remain within the Republican Party." Mr. Bush has criticized the party for painting "an image of America slouching toward Gomorrah," in reference to the title of Mr. Bork's bestseller.

Some donor obviously had to pay for my education. I want to do the same thing for other disadvantaged kids.

Millionaire W. Thomas Gildee, in Forbes magazine, on why he is funding scholarships for inner-city Baltimore children to attend the parochial school he attended as a child. Mr. Gildee, abandoned by his mother at age 5, attended the school on a full scholarship.


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