'I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country.'

SARAH PALIN, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, discussing a possible bid for the presidency in 2012

'I wrote down hope and change just in case I forgot.'

ROBERT GIBBS, White House press secretary, mocking Palin for having written notes on her hand for a Feb. 6 speech she delivered at the tea-party convention

'Physicians and society are not ready for "I have brain activation, therefore I am." That would seriously put Descartes before the...

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