Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "More than a warlord," July 21, 2001

We demand dignity and respect for the human being.

Nicole Pery, a French government official in charge of women's rights, on an official report condemning so-called "porno-chic" billboard advertising in France: "Some of these ads are harming the unsuspecting pedestrian."

They've made us parents out to be a bunch of hoodlums.

Kathy Doyle, mother of a member of the Crofton (Md.) Hot Shots, an under-14 girls' team suspended from playing the fall season because the league determined a group of parents threatened a 16-year-old referee after a loss. According to a league report, parents shrieked at each other and then at the official, following her to her van and threatening to "kick her [rear]."

I got a hug and a handshake, and that's better than an autograph.

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Boy Scout Cody Clawson, replying to friends who wondered whether he received an autograph from his rescuer, actor Harrison Ford. Mr. Ford flew his helicopter for two hours around Yellowstone National Park to locate the 13-year-old boy who had wandered off a trail and spent a cold night alone in the secluded forest. "Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one," the actor told the boy.

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

Martina Navratilova, who won six consecutive Wimbledon tennis titles (1982-1987), in Reader's Digest.

All men are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable rights.

ABC's Diane Sawyer, dropping "by their Creator" from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, during a Fourth of July TV special. The Media Research Center caught the omission.

May God protect us from a worse accident.

Rahime Sahine of Nevsehir, Turkey, after learning of a strange accident that hospitalized her husband, Ethem. Playing dominoes in a local coffeehouse, Mr. Sahine suffered a broken leg and was knocked unconscious when a cow fell through the roof and landed atop the man. The cow apparently wandered from the hillside where it was grazing onto the roof of the coffee house, which was built into the side of the hill. The cow was uninjured.


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