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" I don't like to play the macho card, but I grew up in a working-class family and a working-class culture. "
" In the seasons of life, I have had more than my share of summers. "
" I had fractures in my spine that had to be repaired that came as a big surprise; nobody warned me that I might get some really severe, threatening fractures. It was painful, and I lost two inches of height, bang! "
" There are lots of dimensions to being a cancer patient. The overwhelming one is that it takes over your life. "
" There is certainly greatness in the '60s generation. They changed our attitudes about race in America, which was long overdue. They didn't just stand up and salute when told to go to war. Women finally began to realize a more equal place in our society. "
" You convey something that the public either trusts or it does not trust, and it has to do with the content and how you handle the news, but it also just has something to do with your persona. "
" Because I lived in construction towns, we had a lot of workers who came from the South. They were all white, and, sorry to say, a number of them were pretty redneck. "
" 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. "
" The daunting task of being a mother, a wife, and an independent career or professional person is really taxing. "
" While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades... the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships. "
" I think people of my generation became journalists - you know, right after the broadcast pioneer fathers - because we wanted to report the big stories. "
" The doctor didn't want me to play golf anymore and was worried about me fly-fishing. Golf is something I enjoy, but fly-fishing is a different thing: That's religion. Hunting is religion for me. I didn't want to give those up. "
" The real test of an anchor is when there's a very big event. Sept. 11 is the quintessential example of that, and that day it took everything that I knew as an anchor, as a citizen, as a father, as a husband, to get through it. "
" 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. "
" I was a college dropout, hitchhiking across the Midwest. That was part of the old, adventurous spirit. "
" My mother and father, with my newborn brother and me in the backseat of the 1938 Ford sedan that would be our family car for the next decade, moved to that hastily constructed Army ammunition depot called Igloo, on the alkaline and sagebrush landscape of far southwestern South Dakota. I was three years old. "
" I guess the issue that I have with all the news organizations that have a political MO, if you will, attached to them is that they sometimes jump to conclusions about what this will mean. Get ahead of themselves. "
" I had always been interested in race and racial justice, but mostly it was with my nose pressed up against the glass, looking at the South from a long way away. "
" As young parents of three girls, living in California during the late Sixties and early Seventies, Meredith and I couldn't help but be aware of the rising level of dialogue, debate, commentary, and proclamations about the place of women in society and about how to raise females in light of this raised consciousness. "
" I've lost seven friends to smoking-related lung cancer. Each death was a long, agonizing experience. "
" ABC wouldn't be a player in the news major leagues until the 1970s, when Roone Arledge brought to ABC News the energy and programming approach he had applied to ABC Sports. "
" In our family, where we began with no money, we like to say that we have discovered that God invented money so those who have it can help others. "
" 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. "
" My own strong feeling was that the gay liberation movement really got national attraction in the truest sense of the word later in the '70s, in the '80s, and especially in the '90s. "
" Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away. "
" 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. "
" In 1989, a lone and still-anonymous Chinese student stood unarmed in front of a Chinese tank and gave the world an enduring image of the determination of China's young to change their nation. He didn't text message the tank or share a video on YouTube. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" I believe you make your own luck. My motto is 'It's always a mistake not to go.' "