Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason.
— Arlen Specter
If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn't dominate.
It's a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest.
My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model.
I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that's recognized.
Cannibals are devouring senators.
There's nothing more important than our good health - that's our principal capital asset.
'Never give in' was my mindset.
I think it's scandalous that we haven't done more to cure cancer.
There is no higher value in our society than integrity.
When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party.
I do not represent the Republican Party.
Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn't Democratic or Republican; it's American.
When I'm asked about legacy, I say it's too early to talk about legacy.
It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.
Fundraising is very, very time-consuming.
There's nothing in the First Amendment that even remotely talks about spending money for political contests, and to say that an individual can spend as much of his or her own money as he or she wants constitutionally without any limitation, I think is just absurd.
Beating the tea party gang is more important than who does the beating.
The extremists took over the primary process.
I'm a loyal Democrat.
I do come from a strong family.
If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I've said I would be proud to be responsible for it.
Lawyers advocate more so than state their own positions.
The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.
I've made a career of being precise.
I really do not make deals.
Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics.
I have been a Republican since 1966.
I beat a brain tumor.
I don't like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini.
My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label.
I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election.
People in government and public life are being kicked around at a high rate of speed.
I don't expect people to agree with all my votes.
It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.
Big money is ruining the political system.
It's inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.
I knew people were going to see me see deteriorate before their eyes.
I ran for president in 1996.
The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice - a pretty important position.
I've been playing squash almost daily for 38 years.
I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say.
Americans' addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.
The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation.
My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics.
Stability means respecting precedents.
My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I've never lost a match.
There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day!
The Supreme Court has a very light backlog. They leave a lot of splits among the circuits, a lot of uncertainty. And I think they ought to work a lot harder.
There's a great public disinclination toward politicians.