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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 28, 1998

Vol. Eleven; No. 27


Politics of Meaninglessness Award (for the Silliest Analysis)



“The Communist Manifesto is well worth the $12 that Verso is asking. Despite the hype, its message is a timeless one that bears repeating every century or so: The meek shall triumph and the mighty shall fall; the hungry and exhausted will get restless and someday – someday! – rise up against their oppressors. The prophet Isaiah said something like this, and so, a little more recently, did Jesus.”

Time columnist Barbara Ehrenreich in an April 30 book review for the Web site Salon. [62 points]


Runners-up:



“We are often judgmental about people that are different from us...and we don’t even understand what their problems are...A lot of students got killed at Tiananmen Square, but I remember several students got killed at Kent State. And, remember, they have a lot more students than we do. We shot down our own students.”

– Ted Turner promoting the new 24-part CNN documentary series Cold War, September 24 Washington Post. [49]
 
“China has a one-child policy. Is that a good idea for all countries?”

Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee to Bill McKibben, author of Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for  Single-Child Families, May 30. [46]
 
“Ken Starr and his people have been working for three to four years, spent more than $30 million, they’ve used dozens if not a hundred or so FBI agents. They may have turned this up, whether you had the Paula Jones case or not. But again maybe not, but again that’s like if a frog had side pockets he’d probably wear a handgun. It didn’t happen that way.”

– Dan Rather, Feb. 5 Late Show with David Letterman. [41]
 
“I was thinking about what Jane Fonda said the other night about North Georgia and how she thought North Georgia was not unlike parts of the developing world and some politicians in Georgia jumped all over her....And the truth of the matter is there are parts of America which are just as bad as some of the worst parts in the rest of the world and that’s desperately sad.”

– ABC News anchor Peter Jennings on Jane Fonda’s charge that children are “starving to death” in Georgia, April 23 CBS Late Late Show with Tom Snyder. [40]
 
“The women’s movement brought change and power to millions of American females. Virginal brides surrendered to the sexual revolution. Modern fashions exposed body parts previously reserved for the bedroom. Entering the work force meant the old ways that women met men were ancient history [video clip of a milkman]. And a new breed of superwoman said ‘I can have it all’...The search for pleasure leads some women to shop [video of sex toys] and some to stray...And experts say many husbands and wives can become stronger individuals, and on rare occasions, might even find that cheating recharges their  marriage.”

– CBS This Morning co-host Jane Robelot, April 23. [39]