David Dinkins

(David Norman Dinkins)

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. . .little has changed in our New York neighborhoods except the faces, the names, and the languages spoken. The same decent values of hard work and accomplishment and service to city and nation still exist. Human Nature
As go our cities so goes our country. Intergovernmental Relations
He's running for weather vane: he's got to see which way the wind is blowing to decide his position.] Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I believe in an America that does not discriminate because of sexual orientation. Discrimination & Prejudice
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Part of the problem is the connotation that some attach to the homeless: the assumption that if you're homeless, you're going to misbehave. But not all homeless people do misbehave. Housing
People don't come to New York to ski. They cone for the arts. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Some say quality of life is best defined by spotless parks and litter-free roadways. But for me it is best exemplified by a happy, healthy baby or by a teen-ager with a diploma in hand and a sparkle in the eye. Families, Children & Parenting
The role of government is to encourage—not discourage. Miscellaneous
We cannot and will not submit to forces that want to panic our city. Terrorism
We have no choice but to make our local government fit the size of our local economy. We must all bear our share of the pain. Budgets & Budgeting
Yesterday our city's votes have been divided. But today our city will be reunited. I expect nothing less and hope for even more. Miscellaneous
And I tell people I'm in charge of children, children I haven't even met yet.
And, as a matter of fact, I am the chairman of the Amadou Diallo Foundation.
As a matter of fact, even when I finished law school, I had no notion of public service then.
But I make the observation that no one of us would do things exactly alike.
But the courts have dismissed the lawsuits against me and Lee Brown.
Children are amazing, and while I go to places like Princeton and Harvard and Yale, and of course I teach at Columbia, NYU, and that's nice and I love students, but the most fun of all are the real little ones, the young ones. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I finished law school in '56, but I was working two jobs.
I love children, and most of my involvement now has to do with children or youth programs. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I went downtown as a lawyer and then I worked in a liquor store at night, as I had done all through law school. And so when I got to the point where I could give up the night job, I joined the political club.
I went to Israel when the missiles were falling there.
I'm confident that, were I mayor, I would do some things differently than he has. But I think there's a world of difference between him and his immediate predecessor.
In 1975 I was among a group of blacks who formed the Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.
My mother came here to New York. She and my grandmother were domestics, cooking, cleaning for other people.
So it's a mistake for someone to think that they bailed New York out. They did assist us, for which we are grateful, but it's a mistake to say we bailed New York out by giving them a grant of money to help those poor people who throw it away on welfare. Money, Coins & Minting
Some of us claim that New York City is the capital of the country, indeed the capital of the world. Now, that may be a bit much for those who don't come from New York, but clearly we are an important city for reasons of our cultural advantages.
The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The people really are what make New York City great.
There is no point in me worrying about what Bloomberg or Badillo will do.
This is about these particular candidates in this particular year. That's what motivates me.
Today, certain people file for bankruptcy, businesses and individuals, and it no longer has the stigma it once had. Now it's almost considered wise, a way to regroup and come back again.
We borrowed money, it helped us with bonds and what not, and the Federal Government backed it, but it was a guarantee, it was not a grant. And we not only paid it off, but we paid it off ahead of time. Time ;Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
We have not always agreed, but I have said repeatedly and publicly many times that Al Sharpton has never counseled violence, but he gets blamed for a whole lot of that.
Well, I think I am a very, very lucky person. I'm very fortunate.
Well, I was about six or seven, and my mother and father separated.
Well, I'm not sure, but of one thing I am certain: History judges one differently than contemporary observers, and so I think that as time passes, I hope that not me personally so much, but our administration will be seen for some of the things that we accomplished. Time ;History ;Hope
You can't twist Al Sharpton's arm.