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Memorable things they said

Issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

"I just thought, 'I can't do this anymore.'"

Abby Johnson, former director of the Bryan (Texas) Planned Parenthood clinic, on resigning Oct. 6 after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.

"Some of us with long memories are still waiting for justice to be served on Iran and Syria."

Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, the commanding officer of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit in Beirut in 1983, writing in the New York Post Oct. 23 on the 26th anniversary of the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks that killed 241 U.S. Marines, soldiers, and sailors. The attack also killed 58 French peacekeepers.

"Inviting Jayson Blair to keynote this institute was definitely a departure for us."

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Edward Wasserman, professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University, on the invitation to the former New York Times reporter, who was fired for making up stories, to lecture at the school's seminar on journalism ethics.

"If the U.S. passed a cap and trade and other countries did not, it wouldn't work. It would ruin the U.S. economy and it wouldn't save the climate, either."

Steve Running, climate scientist at the University of Montana and co-author of a Nobel Prize-winning UN report on global warming, on the need "to have an international consensus of what to do" about climate change. Still, Running said the United States should address global warming in order to show leadership and encourage other countries to do so.

"I didn't betray him. He betrayed me. He betrayed the thousands of us who suffered."

Juanita Castro, younger sister of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, on working undercover for the CIA during the early 1960s.

"Nothing fell off."

Toivo Ilvonen, project manager for the Oasis of the Seas, on lowering the 20-story-high ship's smokestacks so it could pass under the Great Belt Fixed Link in the Baltic Sea. The ship, which is the largest cruise ship in the world, cleared the bridge by two feet.


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