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Quotables

Issue: "Foster care's future," March 5, 2005

"I'm a road man for the lords of karma."

Sixties-era "gonzo journalist" Hunter S. Thompson, as quoted by his son Juan after the elder Mr. Thompson committed suicide on Feb. 20. Juan Thompson cited the "cryptic" statement in arguing that his father's suicide was not the result of depression: "He may have decided that his work was done and that he didn't want to overstay his welcome; it was time to go."

"A lot of people think I'm crazy. I don't care."

Brian "Head" Welch, former guitarist for the rock band Korn, on professing faith in Christ and leaving the band, which is known for its angry style. "If kids want to listen to Korn, good, but there's happiness after the anger," he said. "I'm going to show it through my actions how much I love my fans."

"An amazing gift."

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Actress Natalie Portman, in an interview with Premiere, on the ability of women to give birth to children. "I do feel that people who say men and women are exactly equal in every way are silly," she said.

"$910,000."

The amount paid by an anonymous bidder for the vehicle license plate number 12 at a Hong Kong auction last week. The "lucky" number sounds like "certainly easy" in Cantonese.

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