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"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people"


"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
"Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts."
"Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."

11/08/1989


"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century"

15/09/1988


"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."

22/05/1989


"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."

06/12/1989


"May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world."

The Quayles' 1989 Christmas card


"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

30/11/1988


"We don't want to go back to tomorrow, we want to go forward."
"I have made good judgements in the past. I have made good judgements in the future."
"The future will be better tomorrow."
"We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."

21/09/1988


"People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history."
"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."

17/08/1989


"We have a firm commitment to NATO. We are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."
"Public speaking is very easy."

October 1988


"I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican."
"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."
"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."
"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it."

20/05/1992


"Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she still has a job next year."
"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

22/09/1990


"For NASA, space is still a high priority."

05/09/1990


"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."
"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make."
"We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made."
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system."
This election is about who's going to be the next President of the United States!

Senator Dan Quayle, 9/2/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is `to be prepared'.

12/6/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure.

to the Phoenix Republican Forum, 3/23/90 (reported in Esquire, 8/92) Also reported by Reuters, 5/2/90


Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the -- to the back!

Senator Dan Quayle, 8/17/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.

Vice President Dan Quayle winning friends while speaking to the United Negro College Fund, 5/9/89 This gem has been added to Bartlett's `Familiar Quotations'. (reported in Esquire, 8/92) (reported in the NY Times, 12/9/92)


Take a breath, Al... Inhale.

Vice President Dan Quayle politely cutting off Senator Al Gore during the VP Debate in Atlanta, 10/13/92. Gov. Zell Miller of Georgia said that Dan Quayle reminded him of one of his grandkids when they've had too much sugar.


Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.

Senator Dan Quayle, US News and World Report (10/10/88)


Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here.

Hawaii, 4/25/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.

addressing the 20th anniversary celebration of the moon landing, 7/20/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.

8/11/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


The loss of life will be irreplaceable.

after the San Francisco earthquake, 10/19/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


Bobby Knight told me this: ``There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.'' In other words a good offense wins.

Senator Dan Quayle, in a speech to the City Club of Chicago, comparing the offensive capabilities of the Warsaw Pact with the defensive system of NATO, 9/8/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

I was a less than serious student in college. If I had it to do over again, I would be far more serious. I did play a lot of golf. But I don't think that's any reflection on my ability to lead this nation.


[At the Quayle house, civil rights and the environment] weren't things that we discussed a lot at the dinner table.

reported in High Times, 11/92


It was just a job. It wasn't any special interest in consumer affairs. I needed a paycheck and the Attorney General said that I would be best to go down there, because he knew I was anti-consumer.

Vice President Dan Quayle and talking about his job as Chief investigator, consumer protection division of the Indiana Attorney General's office from 1970-1971


I do- I do- I do- I do- what any normal person would do at that age. You call home. You call home to mother and father and say, "I'd like to get into the National Guard."

Senator Dan Quayle, 8/19/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


I take my children hiking and fishing, walking in the woods.

Senator Dan Quayle offering proof of his commitment to the environment during the VP debate, 10/5/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

You always learn something by reading the classics. Particularly The Prince. I go through and look at this from this intellectual point of view. Machiavelli had these three classes of mind. The first class was the person that was creative enough to be leader and be able to lead a great nation without much help. The second class of mind was one that wasn't creative but could take ideas, put people around him, and be able to lead nations forward. And the third class of people didn't really know much of anything. And they were the worst kind of leaders, because not only were they not creative, but they didn't know what was right or wrong, and they just sort of went by whatever they felt like. I've tried to figure out where I am. I know I'm not the first because I don't think I have the creativeness that Machiavelli talks about. If I go back and reread it I might figure it out exactly where I put myself. I'm somewhere between two and one.

Senator Dan Quayle gives his opinion of the book "The Prince," 9/28/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


[The book, "The Satanic Verses"] is obviously not only offensive but, I would think most of us would say, in bad taste.

Vice President Dan Quayle commenting on the book which caused Salman Rushdie to be placed under a death sentence. The Vice-President had not read the book, 3/16/89 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)


I have made good judgments in the Past. I have made good judgments in the Future.

Vice President Dan Quayle


You can't just walk into a store and buy a gun. There's all sorts of registration, there are all sorts of state laws.

Senator Dan Quayle after criticizing Michael Dukakis for the Massachusetts furlough program. Quayle was soon informed that indeed in many states a person could just walk into a store and buy a gun. (reported in the NY Times, 8/27/88)


If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime.

Vice President Dan Quayle while at a job training center in Atlanta celebrating the 10'th anniversary of the Job Training Partnership Act, which Quayle helped to sponsor while a senator, 10/13/92. (reported in the NY Times, 10/14/92).