Verbatim: Jan. 31, 2005

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"The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, in his Inaugural speech

"If there's one thing I learned, it's that if you want to interrupt the President of the most powerful nation in the world while he's delivering his Inaugural Address, it's going to cost you about $25."

JEREMIAH JENKINS, Harvard Divinity School student who loudly booed Bush's speech and was arrested for disorderly conduct, jailed for a night and then fined

"Accept my congratulations and warmest wishes in connection with your election to the post of President of Ukraine."

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN of Russia, in a telegram--not via telephone as is customary--to Viktor Yushchenko, who won the post in a second vote after a disputed first election. Putin had campaigned for Yushchenko's opponent

"I could either run away and join the circus or be stuck in the middle of a war not wanting to be there."

TYRON MCFARLAN, former Army National Guard captain who has just become Ringling Bros.' newest ringmaster

"The last marriage that was televised was Prince Charles and Lady Di, and that didn't work out too well."

DONALD TRUMP, on why he decided against having his wedding to model Melania Knauss televised

"I'll take an Oscar from one of the sound or light people that win and give it to him. Jamie Foxx is not going to walk out of that place without an Oscar."

CHRIS ROCK, host of this year's Oscar telecast, on the star of Ray

"The good thing about being in third place is that we can try something different."

LES MOONVES, CBS chairman, on the possibility of experimenting with the evening-news format after Dan Rather's retirement

Sources: AP; TIME reporting; Agence France Presse; AP (2); New York Times; New York Post