Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "It's Bush vs. Gore," March 18, 2000

Do you think more about your 'image' now that you have a child?

Good Housekeeping to pop star Madonna.

Of course I think more about what I say and what I do. From the moment I got pregnant, I started looking at life in a different way. Suddenly it was like ... 'there's someone else to think about.' You cannot be an anarchist if you have children.

Madonna to Good Housekeeping.

Short of climbing the Washington Monument and yelling 'I'm going to raise rates until the economy slows,' Mr. Greenspan could hardly have made his intentions clearer.

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Economist Ian Shepherdson in USA Today on a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Mr. Greenspan said the Fed would be "vigilant" in helping to bring demand for goods and services in line with what it believes the economy can produce.

I am not prepared to declare that what the Bible says is sin is no longer sin.

John Huffman Jr., pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, Calif., on the Proposition 22 initiative that prohibited gay marriage.

Expressing ... disdain for evangelical Christians is the last permissible bigotry in American public life.

Catholic activists William Bennett and Michael Novak, in an open letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Geriatric hyperactivity.

Former CIA analyst Brian Lately, describing a phenomenon he believes has gripped the 73-year-old Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. He said other communist leaders have become more impulsive and adventuresome in their old age as a means of reuniting themselves with their "revolutionary roots." Also last week, the State Department acknowledged it had asked the CIA to prepare a psychological evaluation of Mr. Castro.


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