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She's an old soul

"People always talk about the age -- well, am I supposed to marry someone 105 years old with no teeth? Where's it written? It's just -- I can't explain it, except it's magical."

-- Sen. Rod Zimmer, 69, talks about his marriage to 23-year-old Maygan Sensenberger.

It's all in how you play the game

"My team is not dirty. All the issues were on their side of the field. This is a football game, not a Hallmark moment."

-- Scott Lazo, a Pop Warner football coach in Southbridge, Mass., after a game in which five opposing players, all 12 or younger, suffered concussions.

Moving on up... or not

"The whole notion of the American dream described a mass upward mobility that is just a lot harder to achieve right now."

Frank Levy, an MIT economist, on conditions that have contributed to middle class income stagnation in the United States.

Judging a book by its cover

"There's no point in being sad about the death of paper books. There's only alarm at the fact that you don't even own the ebooks you buy for your Kindle. You merely license them from Amazon, as a recent appalling story about Amazon's business methods reveals. Amazon can stick its bony hand onto your lap and snatch away the book you thought was yours, although it now claims to be backtracking on this."

-- Heather Mallick, Canadian commentator

Comparisons, comparisons

"This is certainly the biggest thing I've covered in my career."

-- Jim Cantore, a meteorologist at The Weather Network who reported on hurricane Katrina and is now covering hurricane Sandy.

Justice served?

"I know they had a weak case against me and there was a chance I'd be acquitted... I didn't want to drag (the victim's family) through that. I want closure. Hopefully, time can heal everybody."

-- Joseph Ross, who was given a 45-month sentence in return for pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his girlfriend, Flora Trout, in a deal the judge said "isn't the right sentence for a brutal killing."

We Day kids

"18,000 kids chanting Nellie McClung motto: 'never retreat, never explain, never apologize.' Chills. #bn #weday"

-- Lindor Reynolds, @lindorreynolds, was tweeting and deeply moved at We Day.

Finding motivation

"Some people ask me why, at age 81, I'm still working for global peace. I believe it's possible to build a better world for (my four-year-old great-granddaughter) Alexandra and children like her around the globe. We can do it together."

-- Mikhail Gorbachev, former head of the USSR, was guest editor of the Winnipeg Free Press on Tuesday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 3, 2012 J2

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