... Gay people have a different role than other minority groups ... Very few black kids have ever had to worry about telling their parents that they were black.
... I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
... I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians.
... They're (congressional opponents) saying that my ability to marry another man somehow jeopardizes heterosexual marriage. Then they go out and cheat on their wives.
... The problem with the war in Iraq is not so much the intelligence as the stupidity.
... On what planet do you spend most of your time? (in response to a critic at a town hall meeting)
... It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist right has really taken over much of the Republican Party. People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.
... Martin Luther King said, and it is sadly still true, that one of the most segregated times in America is the hour of worship.
...The fact that they're a congressionally chartered group should no more incline people to give to that group than the fact that it's National Pickle Month should make them eat more pickles.
... The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet.
... This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system and it's expensive to boot.
... If you're not able to work closely with people you despise, you can't really work here.
... There is a correlation between people who attack same-sex marriage and have difficulty maintaining their own.
... I don't begrudge Ronald Reagan an occasional nap. We must understand it's not the dozing off of Ronald Reagan that causes us problems. It's what he does on those moments when he's awake.
... I have this fear that one day there's going to be a fire in the Senate and there are only going to be 57 Senators there and they'll all die because they won't have the 60 votes to allow themselves to leave the building.
... Rather than the boy who cried wolf, George Bush is the reverse. He claims that there is nothing wrong when there is. He's the boy who cried, "Nice doggie."
... Every politician is entitled to privacy, but no politician is entitled to hypocrisy.
... Asking the White House to support more government intervention was "like asking me to judge the Miss America contest -- if your heart's not in it, you don't do a very good job."
... Ronald Reagan believes in the free market like some people believe in unicorns.
... There are rules of excessive civility around here to which I generally subscribe. You do need a certain amount of courtliness in the system. But that, in itself, can become a form of abuse. There are limits to when you restrain yourself from calling a fool a fool.
... I threatened to name the names of gay-bashers...They're entitled to privacy, but they're not entitled to hypocrisy. You can't vote for the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit vote and drive 80 mph. If Jimmy Swaggart wants to go to a motel room with some other woman, I'm not going to pay much attention to it --unless it's Jimmy Swaggart who has made millions of dollars anathematizing other people from even thinking about doing the same thing.