"You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Senator JOHN KERRY, who later said he botched a joke and should have said, "You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."
"He was for the joke before he was against it."
Vice President DICK CHENEY
"Senator Kerry does not support our troops. If he had won the election, there wouldn't be any troops left in Iraq. President Bush, on the other hand, has given our troops an opportunity to fight without end. That's creating jobs. In fact, the president's policies helped create 104 more job openings last month. Now who's stupid, Senator?"
STEPHEN COLBERT, host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central
"Sometimes the comics, but, you know, he was really into the sports pages."
Former White House chief of staff ANDREW CARD, onthe president's newspaper reading habits
"Deval, this isn't about whether or not you were a prosecutor. It's about telling the truth. It's about telling the truth, and that is something that a goveror must do. A governor must be able to look the people of the Commonwealth in the eye and tell the truth, even when it is inconvenient . . . You need to start telling the truth."
Republican gubernatorial candidate KERRY HEALEY,to rival Deval Patrick
"You were better than the campaign you have run. But I will tell you that you spend all this time trying to distract us from a record of failed leadership on the economy, on education, and healthcare, and then you stand over there and talk to me -- preach to me -- about telling the truth."
DEVAL PATRICK, in response
"You see the quality of Kevin White, how he brought the city together like no one else has."
Boston Mayor THOMAS MENINO, at the unveiling ofa 10-foot-bronze statue of former Boston mayor Kevin White
"We'll never forget the great one, and how he was like a father for all in the city."
MARY SWEENEY, signing a guest book in honor of Arnold "Red" Auerbach, the former Celtics coach and executivewho died last weekend at 89