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Memorable Quotes Echoing From 1991

December 31, 1991By BILL TAMMEUS, Kansas City Star

In many ways, 1991 has been a live version of TVs Short Attention Span Theater. Even ground wars lasted no longer than 100 hours, and political coups just three days.

What can be said in defense of such a fast forward time? Not much. But plenty was said about life in 1991, and heres a sampling of the years best quotes:

cheap mlb jerseys for sale The world could wait no longer. George Bush on why the Gulf War was launched, buttressing the notion that impatience has run amok.

In two hours, were striking. Pretty cool, huh? Chris Clements, 21, of Winter Park, an American serviceman writing a note to his parents on Jan. 16 from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. Air Force vs. the Iraqi Air Force, its like the New York Giants jerseys vs. the Little Sisters of the Poor. Rep. Bill Alexander, Arkansas Democrat.

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease. message on a bathroom door at the University of Michigan.

Its sad. I mean, war is not nice. Barbara Bush.

War is going to kill people. Marlin Fitzwater.

The deficit will be virtually eliminated by 1995. Bush, proving he didnt lose his sense of humor in 1991.

Paper or plastic for your sons? anti war sign at a San Francisco area peace rally.

A stirring victory for the forces of aggression against lawlessness. Dan Quayle, who always has a starring role in year end quote stories, describing, sort of, the Gulf War.

To act with my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary. Julia Roberts.

She was our real president, make no mistake about it. Kitty Kelley on Nancy Reagan.

The universe is even more complex than we dreamed. Almost everywhere we look, we find something bizarre. Ed Weiler, the Hubble Space Telescopes chief scientist at NASA.

If Jesus were on the field, hed be pitching inside and breaking up double plays. Tim Burke of the New York Mets jerseys.

If he took off his belt, hed cause a flabberlanche. Hanz and Franz, aka Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey, speaking of Willard Scott.

I feel old today. Nolan Ryan, just before pitching his seventh no hitter.

I think players are sophisticated enough that they are not going to burp in her face. Bob Miller, Baltimore Orioles jerseys spokesman, on preparations for a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The 80s were about acquiring. . But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. It took deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth. Lee Atwater, who left in 1991.

I suffer from Irish Alzheimers thats where you remember only your grudges. Ronald Reagan.

Democrats stand for nothing except I wish I were a Republican, and Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons. Frank Zappa. Senate. Sen. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas Democrat.

These days you probably have a better chance to see Elvis than you do a Democratic presidential candidate. Quayle.

Even our best students generally dont know enough and cant do enough to assure success in tomorrows world. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander.

Hows this for the vision thing? Bush, pointing to the Grand Canyon behind him.

Youre born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, theres a loophole. an ad for Billy Grahams New York City crusade.

Id rather die than withdraw. If theyre going to kill me, theyre going to kill me. Clarence Thomas, demonstrating his version of judicial temperament.