Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Top 100 Books 1999," Dec. 4, 1999

The reason you are here this morning is not luck. God is not through using you for His purpose.

Pastor Dwight Edwards, of Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas, to those in his church mourning the 12 people killed in the collapse of a bonfire tower on the campus of Texas A &M.

Do you believe that you have conducted your private life in this marriage in accordance with the concept of 'family values' you have espoused politically and professionally?

Question submitted to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his divorce case. Mr. Gingrich has admitted to having an affair with a young House staffer.

When God is with you, no one can stop you.

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Real-estate agent Oral Lee Brown, who this fall paid the tuition of 19 inner-city students to attend various colleges. Twelve years ago, she promised them she would do so if they stayed in school.

Marcus Welby with a jump shot.

Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, on what Democratic presidential nominee and former professional basketball player Bill Bradley is pretending to be by running a new campaign ad. Mr. Bradley's ad features a woman who credits her child's life to Bradley-sponsored legislation that forces insurers to pay for women and their newborns to remain in hospitals for 48 hours after birth. The woman's baby was born in 1993. Then-Sen. Bradley introduced his version of the legislation in 1995.

Retirement has never been an option for me.

TV-dinner pioneer Gerry Thomas, on his life after leaving Swanson. The 77-year-old conducts seminars, does consulting work for other food companies, and started his own business of making Christmas gifts for pets.


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