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Dispatches Quotables


“Nobody wants to live in accord with the Law of Amy. I’m sure my children don’t even want to do that.”

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, during her confirmation hearing on Oct. 13. In a discussion with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Barrett said it was the responsibility of the legislative branch to make laws and of the judicial branch not to.

“Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that.”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in a tearful (and rare) public apology over his failure to “rid our people of the difficulties in their lives.” This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the country’s economic troubles. 

“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle. And that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

World Health Organization envoy Dr. David Nabarro, appealing to world leaders to stop “using lockdown as your primary control method” for the coronavirus.  

“They are a customer of ours, and guess what, Megyn? I’m OK with doing business with China. … I wish we could solve all the world’s problems. But we can’t.”

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, speaking on Megyn Kelly’s podcast about why the league doesn’t speak out against China’s human rights abuses. 

“Black voices speaking truth to power have been repeatedly silenced in America when they do not fit the acceptable narrative.”

Filmmaker Eli Steele, commenting on Amazon’s initial refusal to carry his and his father Shelby Steele’s new documentary, What Killed Michael Brown?, on its self-distribution platform. Amazon had claimed the film didn’t meet its Prime Video “content quality expectations” but later backtracked.