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" Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away. "
" I'm a guy who's had great good fortune in his life. And everything has kind of gone in my direction. "
" John F. Kennedy, the man I had thought would define the political ideal for the rest of my days, was suddenly gone in the senseless violence of a single moment. "
" There's a lot of arrogance in the medical community. There are good, reliable websites you can go to for information - the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins. "
" I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today. "
" Your grandparents came of age in the Great Depression, when everyday life was about deprivation and sacrifice, when the economic conditions of the time were so grave and so unrelenting it would have been easy enough for the American dream to fade away. "
" Peter is an old friend. I'm heartbroken, but he's also a tough guy. I'm counting on him getting through this very difficult passage. "
" I've been lucky from my earliest memory on. I happened to be born to the right parents, and the lives we led - working class, migratory - suited my personality. I had an adventurous mindset, and we lived on an Army base, then in South Dakota - it was a dynamic environment. "
" We can never completely fulfill the promise of this treasured republic if we are blinded by color. "
" Watergate was a constitutional crisis of the highest order. "
" Cancer has given me a dose of humility. I'm much more empathetic. It's a club I would rather not have joined, but it is a club. "
" We lost our way and allowed greed and excess to become the twin pillars of too much of the financial culture. We became a society utterly absorbed in consumption and dismissive of moderation. "
" I was on the board of the Mayo Clinic. I was diagnosed there, and I could pick up the phone and get a hold of whoever I wanted to. What I learned is that you really have to get proactive and manage your case. "
" In 1962, I had an entry-level reporter's job at an Omaha television station. I had bargained to get a salary of $100 dollars a week because I didn't feel I could tell Meredith's doctor father I was making less. "
" In Gerald Ford, the man he was in public, he was also that man in private. "
" The greatest generation was formed first by the Great Depression. They shared everything - meals, jobs, clothing. "
" Everywhere I go - from Main Street to Wall Street - people ask, 'What's happened to our political system? Why can't Washington folks work together?' "
" When you walk into a doctor's office, you've got to have the same attitude you would about anything else. You've got to ask tough questions, and you've got to not be afraid to challenge their credentials. "
" I was still in college when 'To Kill a Mockingbird' came out in 1960. I remember it had a kind of an electrifying effect on this country; this was a time when there were a lot of good books coming out. "
" You will not solve global climate change by hitting the delete button. "
" If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church. "
" The year of my birth, 1940, was the fulcrum of America in the twentieth century, when the nation was balanced precariously between the darkness of the Great Depression on one side and the storms of war in Europe and the Pacific on the other. "
" What I quickly learned after my diagnosis is that the world of a cancer patient has many parts and a good deal of uncertainty. "
" I'm in remission. I need to get my physical conditioning to a higher level. I was always very fit. I need to get back to where I am very confident in my ability to bike a long way. "
" I am simply the most conspicuous part of a large, thoroughly dedicated and professional staff that extends from just behind these cameras, across this country and around the world, in too many instances, in places of grave danger and personal hardship. They're family to me. "
" There are lots of dimensions to being a cancer patient. The overwhelming one is that it takes over your life. "
" Gerald Ford brought to the political arena no demons, no hidden agenda, no hit list or acts of vengeance. He knew who he was, and he didn't require consultants or gurus to change him. "
" You will not get a Google alert when you fall in love. "
" When I read 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' I was so struck by the universality of small towns. "
" Our friend, Timothy J. Russert, was a man who awoke every morning as if he had just won the lottery the day before. He was determined to take full advantage of his good fortune that he couldn't quite believe and share it with everyone around him. "
" Barack Obama's name will be the one on the peace prize, but his speech and his manner could become a gift for generations to come. "