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I have yet to meet a U.S. citizen who wants to make farm labor his long-term career.

Maggie Mejia, president of the Modesto, Calif., Latino Community Roundtable, on fears that President Bush's proposal to grant work permits to currently illegal immigrants would take jobs from American workers. "These are the people who feed the nation," said Ms. Mejia, "and they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity."

I'm feeling pretty good considering the circumstances.

Renowned German art historian Dethard von Winterfeld after the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper mistakenly printed an ad announcing his death in its births, marriages, and deaths section.

Why me? I'm not sure I would be my first choice.

Actor Tom Selleck, describing his first reaction when the A&E cable network asked him to portray Dwight D. Eisenhower in an A&E movie about D-Day. Mr. Selleck eventually accepted the role despite looking nothing like Ike.

It was the 21 cents that got me.

Chuck Richison of Corpus Christi, Tex., on receiving a water bill for $7,714,510.21 this month. When Mr. Richison called a city office for an explanation, a worker at first insisted his new meter had not been misread. The city later acknowledged that it had overcharged Mr. Richison.