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Quotes for the week of August 26th, 2008

Losing him is like losing 12 people because he absolutely filled up any room he was in.
--Chris Rock, American Commedian, on the death of fellow commedian and actor Bernie Mac, 11Aug2008

That wrinkly, white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I'm running for President.
--Paris Hilton, American "Celebrity", on the use of her name in a television advertisement by candiate John McCain, 06Aug2008

Some companies seem to figure no one is watching, so they can get away with it.
Stephen Schondelmeyer, of the University of Minnesota, on price increases of 100% to 1000% by drug manufacturers, 08Aug2008

You just have to learn how to handle the stings.
--Antonio Lopez, Catalan Scuba Diver, on the increase in Jellyfish populations attributed to declining ocean health, 04Aug2008

He didn't have enough days, but he lived them like he should have.
--Neil Teplica, about his co-author Dave Freeman, authors of the original “100 Things to do Before You Die’, who died in his home after a fall, 26Aug2008, from an AP wire story.

They scream, they sing, they fall down, they take their clothes off, they cross-dress, they vomit.
- Konstantinos Lagoudakis, Mayor of Malia, Crete, about British tourists unwinding a little too much on their visits to Greece, 23Aug2008.

All I know is, there is water where it didn’t used to be, and I’m responsible for dealing with that.
--Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, on patrolling areas of the Arctic Ocean that used to be covered by sea ice. NYT online edition, 16Aug2008

They don't expect a free hot dog at the ballpark.
--Michelle Mohr, US Airways spokesperson, on why airline passengers should not be surprised by added charges for blankets, pillows, and checked baggage, TIME online, 06Aug2008

At least the airsickness bags are still free – for now.
--Anonymous Airline Passenger, on the increase in ‘a la carte’ fees for amenities by airlines, 08Aug2008

Its like when you pull the string on an old lawnmower - you don't know if its going to start or not. But once you get it going, it runs just as well as any other mower.
--Sheila Taormina, U.S. Olympic Triathlete, describing her performance, in the Sun Sentinel, 26Aug2008

I think she did good.
--Sasha Obama, age 7, on her mother Michelle Obama's speech before the Democratic National Convention, 26Aug2008

Every coin is awesome, but Alaska's is particularly awesome.
--Andy Brunhart, Dep. Director of the US Mint, on the last of 50 comemorative quarters, in Time Magazine Online, 26Aug2008

Here I am, a person who has worked his entire life, paid his bills, does the right thing, has insurance, and can't get a procedure that I need. I have never confronted a problem like that before.
--Jack Atwell, Ft. Lauderdale resident, after being asked to bring $2,500 "up front" money for a cardiac test, in the Sun Sentinel, 26Aug2008

You always find out who's been swimming naked when the tide goes out. We found out that Wall Street has been kind of a nudist beach.
-- Warren Buffet, Billionaire, on financial solvency issues with Mortgage lenders Freddie mac and Fannie Mae, TIME online, 22Aug2008

I have been waiting for this day for a long time.
--Wu Jingyu, Chinese Olympian in Tae Kwon Do, after winning China's first (of many) gold medals in the Beijing Games, 21Aug2008

I don't even think about not having a leg.
--Natalie Du Toit, South African Olympic distance swimmer, and the first amputee to qualify for the Olympics, 21Aug2008

This storm is going to be with us for a while. It looks it could be a boomerang storm.
--Charlie Crist, Florida Governor, on Tropical Storm Fay which made four landfalls in Florida and dropped over two feet of rain, 20Aug2008

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