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"I made some mistakes. I occasionally drank too much, and I did that night." George W. Bush, admitting his 1976 arrest for driving under the influence

"Here is a man that I have never heard anybody criticize once for improper conduct as governor, for improper taking of political funds, for payoffs, for impropriety in the governor's mansion or at any time." Reform Party founder Ross Perot, endorsing Bush

"You can get the next best thing." Bill Clinton, responding to a radio-show caller who wished the president could serve a third term

"Don't hide anymore. Are people's lives more important or [Singapore Airlines'] reputation?" Tan Yin Leong, whose brother died in the crash of Flight SQ006, which killed at least 81 passengers and left 82 others injured. Many relatives have lashed out at the airline for failing to keep them informed in the hours after the crash in Taipei.

"I was not outplayed at the board but was completely outprepared." Garry Kasparov, on his defeat in the world chess championships at the hands of Vladimir Kramnik, a former pupil

"[John Ashcroft] is not running against one opponent, he's running against three: Mel Carnahan, now a legend; Jean Carnahan, the bereaved widow, and the media. You just have to ask--what can the guy do?" Rick Hardy, a University of Missouri political-science professor and ex-GOP congressional candidate. …

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