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- You don't have to be born in New York City to be a New Yorker. You have to live here for six months. And if at the end of the six months you walk faster, you talk faster, you think faster, you're a New Yorker.
- Interview ("What Makes a New Yorker"), New York: A Documentary Film
- It is not possible to remake the world. You can fix parts, but you can't remake the world.
- Mayor (1984)