The Best of Notable Quotables; December 23, 1991

Vol. Four; No. 26

Quote of the Year

“There is a ‘logic’ too to Dahmer’s crime. Raised in a culture that condoned racial prejudice and despised homosexuals, Dahmer appeared to believe he could preserve a place in mainstream society – with all its furtive hopes of family, friends, and future – by destroying the evidence of his homosexuality. He killed his ‘lovers’ – mostly blacks – dismembered them, and in some cases, may have devoured their remains. Crime is a logical, if messy, quick fix to the shortcomings of society. Is that the lesson then? That we get the criminals our societies deserve? Yes, of course.”

Time Associate Editor Howard G. Chua-Eoan in the magazine’s “Essay,” August 19.


“How can you who protest abortion be so certain that we aren’t swimming toward a fate worse than death? Is homicide in the womb, swift and merciful, not better than the slow death that lies ahead for some of us once our lives begin?...Better to die now, before we can feel real pain, than to enter a world where life is so painful it’s criminal to be born.”

USA Today “Inquiry” Editor Barbara Reynolds, August 16.

“It’s a morbid observation, but if everyone on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.”

Newsweek Senior Writer Jerry Adler, December 31, 1990 issue.

“Tanks could crunch grass and other vegetation, knock down dunes and kick up sandstorms, said Ken Nagy, who teaches about deserts at the University of California at Los Angeles. ‘Plants and animals there are already living on the edge,’ he said, ‘and this insult could be enough to push them over the edge.’”

Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye on impact on war upon Iraq and Kuwait desert life, January 18.


– Nicholas Damask, Sally Hood, Marian Kelley, Tim Lamer; Media Analysts
– Jennifer Hardebeck; Circulation Manager