Quoteworthy

* “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”–President Donald Trump, on ordering a drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader, Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

* “He doesn’t crave war, nor do I.”–Rep. Matt Goetz, R-Fla.

* “The message to all those who mean harm to America is loud and clear.”–Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

* “First step toward regime change in Iran.”–Former national security adviser John Bolton.

* “Harsh retaliation is waiting.”–Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

* “The Islamic Republic of Iran no longer faces any limitations in operations.”–Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in announcing that Iran will no longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal.

“As reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?”–Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn.

* “The world cannot afford another war.”–U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

* “A further escalation that sets the whole region on fire needs to be prevented.”–German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

* “What always kept both Democratic and Republican presidents from targeting Suleimani himself was the simple question: Was the strike worth the likely retaliation, and the potential to pull us into protracted conflict?”–Rep. Elissa Slottkin, D-Mich., a former CIA and Defense Department official.

* “Beijing’s dilemma is that ‘one country, two systems,’ always an exercise in creative ambiguity, is broken.”–Roger Cohen, New York Times.

* “Stay tuned, there will be more actions aimed at restricting their sources of income. We’re looking for ways to restrict, restrict, restrict their freedom of action until they change their ways, which is a hard thing to foresee given their history, 61 years of nothing but repression and decline.”–Michael Kozak, acting assistant secretary of state for Latin America, on the current U.S. policy of maintaining “maximum pressure” on Cuba.

* “I have been in some kind of fight–for freedom, equality, basic human rights–for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”–U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in announcing that he has advanced pancreatic cancer.

* “In an era of data overload and short attention spans, it’s not the most reliable, trustworthy material that goes viral–it’s the loudest voices, the angriest, most outrageous posts that get clicked and shared.”–Michiko Kakutani, author of “The Death of Truth.”

* “It’s a strategy that we have to expose because they insist on these politics of fear. It’s a return to McCarthyism.”–Leopoldo Martinez, the first Venezuelan-born member of the DNC, on the Republican strategy of playing the “socialism” card.

* “Developed economies that are maturing that have demographic headwinds are going to face many of the same things Japan has been facing over decades. It’s almost inevitable.”–Joseph Amato, president and chief investment officer of equities at Newberger Berman.

* “We have to say unapologetically that we believe in capitalism, except we believe in a more compassionate form of it.”–Former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

* “Teamed with a resilient job market, low mortgage rates have helped boost home buyer demand.”–Matthew Speakman, economist at (real estate data provider) Zillow, on the impact of mortgage rates falling from 4.6 percent to 3.7 percent in the past year.

* “Overall, consumer sentiment among Floridians remains high.”–Hector Sandoval, director of the economic analysis program at UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the nation’s economic output.

* “We definitely think it ought to be Florida.”–Dale Ketcham, Space Florida’s vice president of government and external relations, on where the command center for Space Force, the nation’s newest military branch, should be located.

* “I made a promise during my campaign that the NRA would have no influence over me or our department. I stand behind that promise.”–Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

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