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" The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again. "
" I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot. "
" Tone can be as important as text. "
" I'm sure that people who elected me, some of them thought I was gay, some of them thought I wasn't gay, and most of them didn't care. "
" God gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. I have no regrets. "
" To learn something new every day is still exciting! "
" There's a nastiness out there that wants to harm me with words. These are my enemies - the ideologues, the populists, the columnists who don't like the fact that I take them on toe-to-toe. What I try to do is tell the truth. It's not the coin of the realm in politics. "
" I'm coming to the end of my life. I do reflect on what I've done for the 85 years that I have been given so far. And I'm proud of what I've done. "
" There was always a love-hate relationship with New York in the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate. "
" If you seek violence, we will seek to put you in jail. "
" I probably enjoy campaigning more than most other people in public office because I like people and I enjoy going out there and telling people what I've done. "
" If you don't like the President, it costs you 90 bucks to fly to Washington to picket. If you don't like the governor, it costs you 60 bucks to fly to Albany to picket. If you don't like me - 90 cents. "
" I have a social life. But I don't discuss it. "
" I think I have a very good reputation amongst the gay population and among the whole country because I stood up on the issue of gay rights. It is not easy to stand up on that issue when you are single and male in New York City. I did it anyway. "
" I never doubted that I would be a good mayor. I never did. "
" If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist. "
" When all are wrong, everyone is right. "
" You don't have to love them. You just have to respect their rights. "
" Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart. "
" The person who is bent on killing you will follow you wherever you are. "
" If you listen to Giuliani, it's like nobody did anything to improve the city except him. I'm not part of the history. Bloomberg's not part of the history. It's like, he did it. He's the only one. That's why he's a little crazy. "
" Whenever I leave Manhattan, I get the bends! "
" You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag. "
" I like to think that I'm one of the few people in public life who write their own material. I write every word. And I really enjoy writing - especially my political commentary. "
" I changed the city of New York. I gave people back their morale. "
" When I came in, the city was on the edge of bankruptcy. I'm proud of what I did. I built the foundation that mayors after me built upon - particularly Bloomberg. But the foundation was essential because if it hadn't occurred, we would have been another Detroit. "
" We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God. "
" In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist. "
" I think that every Saturday, we ought to say, 'My father's a Jew, my mother was a Jew, and I'm a Jew,' with great pride. "
" It's a lot more fun being a critic than being the one criticized. "
" Citizens, thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world. "