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Quotables

Issue: "Humanity Under the Microscope," Dec. 8, 2001

Someone has got to do the things no one else wants to do.

Johnny "Mike" Spann, the first American known to die in combat in Afghanistan, as quoted by his father on why he joined the CIA. Rioting prisoners of the Northern Alliance killed the CIA commando as they tried to take over a prison compound in northern Afghanistan.

Before, my whole life was about what I could and couldn't afford. Now, really, the only thing that's important is that I have my husband and that I'm able to have a family.

New Yorker Stacey Stapleton, whose husband works three blocks from "Ground Zero," on her changed attitude about having children after 9/11. Doctors nationwide are reporting a potential baby boom as couples express more interest in having children than before the attacks. "It's the 'carpe diem' mode," said Dr. Michael Silverstein, an obstetrician and gynecologist at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan. "They're saying, 'Life's too short-who knows what's down the road.'" Mrs. Stapleton is currently pregnant with her and her husband's first child.

It's a good story, and I think the youth today need good stories.

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Joy Piccolo O'Connell, on ABC's remake of Brian's Song, the 1971 movie about her football player husband Brian Piccolo's friendship with teammate Gale Sayers and his unsuccessful fight against cancer.

It's a free country.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on Islamic-American Relations (an American organization), on Southern Baptist leader James Merritt's urging of Christians to pray and fast for the conversion of Muslims to Christianity.

Unfortunately, when you're having tough times, you can't just fast-forward to the glory.

Hockey player Hnat Domenichelli, of the second-year NHL team Atlanta Thrashers, whose record on Nov. 29 was 5-14-2, the worst in the NHL.

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