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.
Should we be rewriting history just to make people feel good? That's not history, that's psychiatry.
[The UN should remain in New York] because every country needs a cesspool. And the UN is always interesting as a theater of the absurd.
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.
I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.
Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific. But New York City's got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!
Tree killing is arborcide.
I never doubted that I would be a good mayor. I never did.
I love being the mayor. I want to be the mayor forever.
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.
I'm just a simple Jewish boy from the Bronx.
Whenever I leave Manhattan, I get the bends!
Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.
Clinton has more important things to worry about. He not only risks being destroyed historically, like Afghanistan's Buddha statues; he also could end up going to jail.
If I were running against Chuck Schumer. I would take every one of his Sunday press releases - and there are 52 for as many years as he's been there - and I would ask, 'How many of the things he said he was proposing became law?' I doubt many.
It is not possible to remake the world. You can fix parts, but you can't remake the world.
I have a social life. But I don't discuss it.
Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life.
When I was first elected I got 50% of the vote in '77 in the general election. In '81 I got 75%. In '85, I got 78%. No mayor has ever gotten that high a vote. So it was not an issue. Except for people who were very hostile to me. They thought they would injure me.
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