I'm not the type to get ulcers. I give them.
The art of creation is older than the art of killing.
I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag.
If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.
You don't have to love them. You just have to respect their rights.
I can explain it to you, but I can't comprehend it for you.
Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific. But New York City's got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.
I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
Citizens, thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world.
God gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. I have no regrets.
Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life.
I have a social life. But I don't discuss it.
I love being the mayor. I want to be the mayor forever.
I never doubted that I would be a good mayor. I never did.
I'm coming to the end of my life. I do reflect on what I've done for the 85 years that I have been given so far. And I'm proud of what I've done.
In a neighborhood, as in life, a clean bandage is much, much better than a raw or festering wound.
I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.
Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart.
If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot's at the other end.
There was always a love-hate relationship with New York in the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate.
In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.
There's enormous energy required to carry grudges - enormous energy! And I'm getting too old to expend my energy that way, cause I think every person has a limited amount of energy. So I have given up all grudges.
It's a lot more fun being a critic than being the one criticized.
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