* “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”–Booker T. Washington.

* “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”–Franklin D. Roosevelt.

* “Our NATO alliance is now stronger, larger than it’s ever been.”–Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on Sweden becoming NATO’s 32nd member.

* “It is obvious that the use or threat of force cannot be an instrument of foreign policy.”–Mikhail Gorbachev, the world’s most-missed super power leader.

* “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”–Eleanor Roosevelt.

* “The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.”–Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of Congress.

* “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.”–Will Rogers.

* “Democrats and Republicans in our community know the obvious: We need more transit and transportation investments. We need them now, and we are willing to pay for them.”–Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera, who chairs the county’s transportation agency.

* “I have got to start building our bench. There is no other way around it. I have teachers who are leaving.”–Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Van Ayres, in making the case for a special property tax.

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