Quoth the Quayle nevermore
We all remember former Vice President Dan Quayle, who probably got a bad rap overall, but managed to provide a few malapropisms and otherwise goofy comments during his tenure. The following quotes attributed to Dan were gleaned from the Internet by Mr. Internet himself, my partner Steve Lieberman:
“I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.”
“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
“Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and a child.”
“Mars is essentially in the same orbitMars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.”
“What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.” (During a fund-raising event for the United Negro College Fund.” a mind is a terrible thing to waste.)
“The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.”
“May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world.” (The Quayles’ 1989 Christmas card).
“Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”
“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
“The future will be better tomorrow.”
“We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world.”
“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
“We have a firm commitment to NATO. We are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.”
“I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.”
“I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.”
“For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”
“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
“(It’s) time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
“People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.”
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon, with offices in Truckee and Reno. He is also a mediator.
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