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Memorable things they said

Issue: "The plots thicken," Jan. 12, 2008

"Democracy is the best revenge."

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of slain former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and new co-chairman of her Pakistan Peoples Party, quoting his mother and vowing to continue to press for a democratic Pakistan after her Dec. 27 assassination.

"The evil people will come after this country, and there's a possibility-not a possibility, a definite certainty-that chaos is going to rule."

Pat Robertson, in January 2007, saying God told him a terrorist attack on the United States would lead to "mass killing, possibly millions of people," in the last part of 2007.

"I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you're cute."

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Chelsea Clinton to 9-year-old Sydney Rieckoff, a "kid reporter" for Scholastic News.

"It's not like we're going to see grandma running the snowplow."

Greenburgh, N.Y., town supervisor Paul Feiner on criticism of a plan to allow seniors to work part-time for the city to offset some of their property tax bills.

"Maybe he's accurate, I don't know."

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, 81, on a Texas A&M yell leader who created controversy by screaming, "Joe Paterno's on his death bed! And someone needs to find him a casket!" at a pre-Alamo Bowl pep rally. Penn State went on to defeat the Aggies.

"We did the essay and that's what we did to win. We did whatever we could do to win."

Priscilla Ceballos, mother of a 6-year-old girl who won an essay contest with a prize of four tickets to a sold-out Hannah Montana concert. The essay began, "My daddy died this year in Iraq," and Ceballos had told the sponsor of the contest that a roadside bomb had killed the girl's father in April. She later admitted that the claim was false.


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