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Dispatches Quotables

"Nothing lasts forever, does it?"

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, the second-winningest coach in major college football, on his plans to retire after this season. Bowden, 80, has coached for 44 years and won 388 games, including two national championships.

"I screamed, but there was nothing to hear."

Rom Houben, a quadriplegic Belgian man, on being conscious but unable to communicate for 23 years. Doctors assumed he was in a persistent vegetative state until three years ago, when new brain scanning methods showed that Houben's cerebral cortex was still active. He is now able to communicate with a facilitator. "Medical advances caught up with him," said Steven Laureys, the neurological researcher who discovered the true condition of Houben's brain.

"Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal. Steve."

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' entire reply in an email to John Devor, co-owner of The Little App Factory. Devor had sent a long email to Jobs after Apple's lawyers sent a complaint about trademark infringement in Devor's use of the name iPodRip for his company's Mac app. Devor's company changed the name to iRip.

"'What are these crazy people running for?' They're not chasing a soccer ball or anything else."

New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, who immigrated to the United States from Eritrea in 1987, on his reaction to seeing his first competitive race in San Diego. He says Eritrea had no concept of running as a sport.

"He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case."

MSNBC host Chris Matthews, on President Obama speaking to West Point cadets Dec. 1 to announce increasing troop levels in Afghanistan.

"You're not going to have a million-man Botox march."

Steven Teitelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica, Calif., on his concerns that patients will be too embarrassed to oppose publicly a proposal for a federal tax on cosmetic surgery.