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Born: 1924-12-12
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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I don't believe that in our society that we should have guns.

Tags: Guns, Society

I enjoyed my stay in the Congress. Most people do not. And too many people who have been elected really don't understand the nature of government.

Tags: Government, Nature, Understand

I have a social life. But I don't discuss it.

Tags: Discuss, Life, Social

I love being the mayor. I want to be the mayor forever.

Tags: Forever, Love, Mayor

I never doubted that I would be a good mayor. I never did.

Tags: Doubted, Good, Mayor

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.

Tags: Father, Great, Mother

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.

Tags: Done, End, Life

I'm confident President Obama will continue his unambiguous commitment to the Jewish state in his second term.

Tags: President, Second, State

I'm just a simple Jewish boy from the Bronx.

Tags: Boy, Jewish, Simple

I'm not the type to get ulcers. I give them.

Tags: Give, Type, Ulcers

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.

Tags: Care, Gay, Thought

If they don't want to pay for it, they can stop drinking it.

Tags: Drinking, Pay, Stop

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.

Tags: Agree, Issues, Vote

It's a lot more fun being a critic than being the one criticized.

Tags: Critic, Criticized, Fun

Maybe he just looks good compared to the bores he's running against.

Tags: Against, Good, Maybe

People get tired of you. So they decided to throw me out. And so help me God, as the numbers were coming in, I said to myself, 'I'm free at last.'

Tags: God, Help, Tired

The person who is bent on killing you will follow you wherever you are.

Tags: Bent, Follow, Wherever

The Republicans are coming - make nice.

Tags: Coming, Nice

To learn something new every day is still exciting!

Tags: Exciting, Learn

Tone can be as important as text.

Tags: Text, Tone

When all are wrong, everyone is right.

Tags: Everyone, Wrong

Whenever I leave Manhattan, I get the bends!

Tags: Leave, Manhattan, Whenever

You want me to tell me the truth or do you want me to stroke you?

Tags: Stroke, Tell, Truth
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Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.

Tags: Art, Big, Poetry

Clinton has more important things to worry about. He not only risks being destroyed historically, like Afghanistan's Buddha statues; he also could end up going to jail.

Tags: End, Jail, Worry

I injured myself politically when I took on Jesse Jackson' in the 1988 presidential campaign. I was too strident. I didn't recognize the emotional tie that he had with all black voters.

Tags: Black, Emotional, Took

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.

Tags: Life, Political, Writing

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.

Tags: Done, Enjoy, Public

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.

Tags: Gay, Good, Single

I was drafted into the Army when I was 19 and came out at age 22. Most people that I knew didn't think they'd come home alive. I didn't think I would either, so I was happy when I did.

Tags: Age, Happy, Home

I was not afraid of the press or the militants. It was uncomfortable, but I was not afraid. With respect to the press, I knew I knew more than they knew about city matters. With respect to the militants, I understood it. I mean, everybody believed in those days that they were being screwed, you know, that somebody was getting ahead of them.

Tags: Afraid, Mean, Respect

If I were running against Chuck Schumer. I would take every one of his Sunday press releases - and there are 52 for as many years as he's been there - and I would ask, 'How many of the things he said he was proposing became law?' I doubt many.

Tags: Doubt, Law, Sunday

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.

Tags: Fly, Politics, President

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.

Tags: Crazy, Him, History

It happens that I'm heterosexual, but I don't care about that. I do care about protecting the rights of 10 percent of our population who are homosexual and who don't have the ability to protect their rights.

Tags: Care, Happens, Rights

Jews have always thought that having someone elevated with his head above the grass was not good for the Jews. I never felt that way. I believe that you have to stand up.

Tags: Good, Someone, Thought

My brain is good, but my body is deteriorating. I probably have another two or three years. Or I can pass tomorrow, but it doesn't make a difference to me.

Tags: Brain, Good, Tomorrow

The very fact that I became mayor in 1977 conveys how you can't figure out what the people will do. Nobody thought I would be elected. When I entered I got four percent of the vote in the first poll, four percent.

Tags: Fact, Thought, Vote

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.

Tags: Politics, Truth, Words

Twelve years ago, if someone attacked me, I wouldn't let them get away with it. I'd take them on. I now perceive my job to include allowing people to vent their rage.

Tags: Away, Job, Someone

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.

Tags: After, Another, Proud

When I was first elected I got 50% of the vote in '77 in the general election. In '81 I got 75%. In '85, I got 78%. No mayor has ever gotten that high a vote. So it was not an issue. Except for people who were very hostile to me. They thought they would injure me.

Tags: High, Thought, Vote

You don't have to love them. You just have to respect their rights.

Tags: Love, Respect, Rights

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag.

Tags: Bag, Good, Punch

I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker.

Tags: End, Said, Talk

If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot's at the other end.

Tags: End, Rainbow, Tell

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.

Tags: Learn, Lose, Power

I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.

Tags: Politics, Speak, Writers

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.

Tags: Begin, Match, Today

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.

Tags: Country, Hate, Love

The art of creation is older than the art of killing.

Tags: Art, Creation, Older

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it.

Tags: Best, Difficult, Food

The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again.

Tags: Corruption, Law, Life

In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.

Tags: Action, Foresight, Primitive

No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that.

Tags: Courage, Hope, Means

There's enormous energy required to carry grudges - enormous energy! And I'm getting too old to expend my energy that way, cause I think every person has a limited amount of energy. So I have given up all grudges.

Tags: Energy, Getting, Old

If you seek violence, we will seek to put you in jail.

Tags: Jail, Put, Violence

The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.

Tags: Friend, Old, Together

We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God.

Tags: God, Moment, State

I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.

Tags: Age, Born, Twelve

In a neighborhood, as in life, a clean bandage is much, much better than a raw or festering wound.

Tags: Clean, Life, Wound

Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific. But New York City's got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!

Tags: City, Water, York

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.

Tags: Birthday, Greatest, Today

God gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. I have no regrets.

Tags: God, Good, Regrets

Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life.

Tags: Life, Lived, Wasting

How'm I doing?

Tags: City, Gave, York
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