1) "I have lived the American dream. Even my worst days as Attorney General have been better than my father's best days."
- Attorney General ALBERTO GONZALES, announcing his resignation Monday morning.
2) "When they got very sick and people could not look after them, they buried them."
- MARGARET MARABE, an activist and health worker in Papua New Guinea, describing how people with HIV/AIDS are being buried alive by their relatives.
3) "The answer is there are too many bad girls and not enough cells."
- LAURIE LEVENSON, Loyola University Law School professor, on why celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie serve so little time in jail.
4) "They should come to their senses".
- Iraqi Prime Minister NOURI AL-MALIKI, addressing American officials like Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin, who he claims act as though Iraq "were one of their villages," while failing to give the advise to himself.
5) "I offer my deepest apologies to everyone. And I will redeem myself. I have to."
- MICHAEL VICK, in a public apology after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges.
6) "It's been a joy to watch him spar with you."
- PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, to the White House Press Corps as he accepted the resignation of Press Secretary Tony Snow.
7) " Our legs may have touched ... I do not do this kind of thing ... I'm not going to fight you in court. I reached down with my right hand to pick up the paper ... I am not gay. I never have been gay."
- Idaho Sen. LARRY CRAIG, in a newly released audiotape of his June arrest, in which he denies allegations of lewd contact at a Minneapolis airport.
8) "Unfortunately by almost every measure of progress, they have not only failed to make progress, but they have actually gone backwards."
- JASON ALTMIRE, U.S. Representative, on a leaked Pentagon report that describes the recent troop surge in Iraq as a failure.
9) "I suppose it could have been worse. He could have gotten a mention on 'John from Cincinnati.'"
- a MITT ROMNEY SPOKESMAN, after the Morman presidential candidate got a cameo mention on the season finale of HBO's polygamy drama, "Big Love".
10) "This is an individual who has had a very significant role in the history of our nation and the world."
- Navy Secretary DONALD WINTER, on Solomon Islander Aaron Kumana, A Black man, who rescued John F. Kennedy, then a young U.S. naval officer, from Japanese capture during WII and was finally recognized by the U.S. Navy last week for his heroism 60 years ago.
11) "Warning the students, faculty and staff might have made a difference."
- The report into the Virginia Tech shootings, which found that university officials should have alerted staff and students sooner to Seung-Hui Cho's first two killings; Cho went on to murder another 30 people.
12) "I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum."
- LEONA HELMSLEY, in her will, which also leaves $12 million to her dog and nothing to two of her four grandchildren.
13) "You can't help but get a very detached perspective when you're not there and you're not witnessing things firsthand."
- KATIE COURIC, CBS Evening News anchor, who embarks on a reporting trip to Iraq and Syria Wednesday for her first trip to the war zone in anticipation of a U.S. report on the military's progress. She might as well be talking about Katrina, too.
14) "Government at all levels was forewarned of the catastrophic nature of the approaching storm and did painfully little to be ready to evacuate, search, rescue and relieve."
- Sen. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN, about a newly released CNN video showing President George W. Bush and then-FEMA director Michael Brown getting advance warning of New Orleans' vulnerable levees.
15) "The real question for Republicans in Washington is how low can you go, because we are approaching a level of ridiculousness."
- Republican strategist SCOTT REED, on the string of scandals that have rocked the G.O.P., the latest of which involves Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's lewd misconduct in an airport bathroom.
16) "I'm 60 years old, my wife's 29. Draw your own conclusions."
- Presidential hopeful DENNIS KUCINICH, joking at a cancer forum about the benefits of a vegan die.
17) "The pictures are what will stop the war."
- BRIAN DE PALMA, Director of Redacted, a new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family.
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