Famous People Quotes When you're famous, you have to be tripling careful about what you say, or innocent flubs that would otherwise be ignored and forgotten are remembered and quoted to your dying day. Here is an assortment of some of those innocent flubs we'll never forget. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Political Figures: "Outside of the killings, [Washington] has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." -- Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C. "There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths, and there are made up truths." -- Marion Barry, on his arrest for drug use. "If crime went down 100%, it would still be fifty times higher than it should be." -- Councilman John Bowman, commenting on the high crime rate in Washington, D.C. "[I want to] make sure everybody who has a job wants a job." -- George Bush, during his first campaign for the presidency. "I would like to thank Nasal Beard for that warm welcome." -- George Bush, thanking Hazel Beard, mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1992. "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" -- George W. Bush "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." George W. Bush "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case." George W. Bush "We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor as you like to be liked yourself." George W. Bush "When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results." -- Calvin Coolidge, ex-president, discussing the United States economic situation in 1931. "This opens the door on another chapter of history." -- Walter Cronkite "President Carter speaks loudly and carries a fly spotter, a fly swasher -- it's been a long day." -- Gerald Ford "If Lincoln was alive today, he'd roll over in his grave." -- Gerald Ford "Things are more like they are now than they have ever been." -- Gerald Ford "I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio." -- Gerald Ford "That is what has made America last these past 200 centuries." -- Gerald Ford "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese." -- Charles de Gaulle, President of France "A zebra does not change its spots." -- Al Gore "The theories -- the ideas she expressed about equality of results within legislative bodies and with -- by outcome, by decisions made by legislative bodies, ideas related to proportional voting as a general remedy, not in particular cases where the circumstances make that a feasible idea..." -- Al Gore "The Pacific Yew can be cut down and processed to produce a potent chemical, taxol, which offers some promise of curing certain forms of lung, breast, and ovarian cancer in patients who would otherwise quickly die. It seems an easy choice -- sacrifice the tree for a human life -- until one learns that three trees must be destroyed for each patient treated, that only specimens more than a hundred years old contain the potent chemical in their bark, and that there are very few of these yews remaining on earth." -- Al Gore, from his book, "Earth In the Balance." "The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep." -- Senator S. I. Hayakawa "Wherever I have gone in this country, I have found Americans." -- Alf Landon (in America), during a speech in his presidential campaign against FDR. "There is a mandate to impose a voluntary return to traditional values." -- Ronald Reagan "The right to suffer is one of the joys of a free economy." -- Howard Pyle, aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, commenting on the unemployment situation in Detroit. "The streets are safe in Philadelphia -- it's only the people who make them unsafe." -- Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia. "A man could not be in two places at the same time unless he were a bird." -- Sir Boyle Roche, eighteenth century Member of Parliament from Tralee. "I'm not indecisive. Am I indecisive?" -- Jim Scheibel, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. "Wait a minute! I'm not interested in agriculture. I want the military stuff." -- Senator William Scott, during a briefing in which officials began telling him about missile silos.