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Quotables

Memorable things they said

Issue: "NextGen worship," July 26, 2008

"It's a lousy night to be an atheist."

ESPN commentator Rick Reilly, after All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton (who because of addiction dropped out of baseball for three years) set a Home Run Derby record with 28 home runs in the first round. Hamilton said, "I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity."

"We got enough now to buy new stuff, but we like our old stuff."

Lorene Stohler of Dunn Center, N.D., on the simple lifestyle that she and her husband continue to lead even after the discovery of oil under their ranch made them millionaires. The Stohlers' old ranch sat atop the Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota.

"You can purchase anything off the internet except common sense."

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Jim Harrison, Kentucky Reptile Zoo director, on websites that advertise the sale of poisonous snakes and reptiles. Undercover officers purchased more than 200 illegal reptiles during an investigation into a venomous-snake trade.

"People don't recognize this as the crisis that it is."

Philip Nader, lead author of a study on teen exercise habits, on the finding that most teens don't do even moderate exercise during most days. The study was published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Dr. DeBakey is irreplaceable. There will never be another one like him."

Bobby Alford, chancellor of the Baylor College of Medicine, at the funeral of medical pioneer Michael DeBakey, who died July 11 at the age of 99. DeBakey, considered the father of modern heart surgery, also helped to create more than 70 surgical instruments.

"I'm in the process of forgiving."

Ingrid Betancourt, former hostage of leftist Colombian rebels, on her feelings toward her former captors. "If I speak too soon," said Betancourt about the hardships of captivity, "I may convey attitudes of anger I don't want to convey."

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