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Memorable things they said

Issue: "All's fair at the fair," Aug. 25, 2007

"They were the Yankees that you could like."

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky on Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra. Rizzuto, the Yankees shortstop Hall of Famer and longtime broadcaster, died Aug. 13 at age 89.

"25 percent."

The public approval rating for the U.S. Congress, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll last week. The rating for Congress was 10 points below President Bush's 35 percent approval rating.

"If the school was infested with rats or infested with lice, the parents would never send their kids to school."

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Former cabinet official Joseph Califano Jr., now president of the National Center on Addiction, on a Columbia University survey in which 80 percent of high-school students said they had seen students using drugs at school. Califano argues for more parental activism about teen drug use.

"I have received any number of compliments for my supposed ability to 'think outside the box.' Actually, it has been a struggle for me to perceive just what these 'boxes' were."

Washington Post music critic Tim Page on the overdue discovery that he has Asperger's syndrome.

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