2. "Eisenhower and Patton, old friends and figures crucial to the Allies' upcoming success, conferred over yet another gaffe on Patton's part that could have cost him his command. Patton's head is on Ike's shoulder in gratitude, but the scene is rescued from being completely maudlin by Eisenhower's internal question as to whether Patton wears his ever-present helmet to bed."
- Jean Edward Smith, Eisenhower in War and Peace
3. "The Galvanick Lucipher is of antique design. Ghnxh, who is about a hundred years old, can only smile in condescension at Waterhouse's U.S Navy flashlight. In the sotto voce one might use to correct an enourmous social gaffe, he explains that the galvanic lucifer is of such a superior design as to make any further reference to the Navy model a grating embarrassment for everyone concerned."
- Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
4. "The Jackson gaffe, with its Oedipal violence (I want to cut his nuts out), is especially poignant because it goes to the heart of a generational conflict in the black community, concerning what we will say in public and what we say in private. For it has been a point of honor, among the civil rights generation, that any criticism or negative analysis of our community, expressed, as they often are by white politicians, without context, without real empathy or understanding, should not be repeated by a black politician when the white community is listening, even if (especially if) the criticism happens to be true (more than half of all black American children live in single-parent households)."
- Zadie Smith, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
5. "Il cretino non parla neppure, sbava, è spastico. Si pianta il gelato sulla fronte, per mancanza di coordinamento. Entra nella porta girevole per il verso opposto." "Come fa?" "Lui ci riesce. Per questo è cretino. Non ci interessa, lo riconosci subito, e non viene nelle case editrici. Lasciamolo lì." "Lasciamolo." "Essere imbecille è più complesso. È un comportamento sociale. L'imbecille è quello che parla sempre fuori del bicchiere. "In che senso?" "Così". Puntò l'indice a picco fuori del suo bicchiere, indicando il banco. "Lui vuol parlare di quello che c'è nel bicchiere, ma com'è come non è, parla fuori. Se vuole, in termini comuni, è quello che fa la gaffe, che domanda come sta la sua bella signora al tipo che è stato appena abbandonato dalla moglie. Rendo l'idea?" "Rende. Ne conosco." "L'imbecille è molto richiesto, specie nelle occasioni mondane. Mette tutti in imbarazzo, ma poi offre occasioni di commento. Nella sua forma positiva, diventa diplomatico. Parla fuori del bicchiere"
- Quote by Umberto Eco
6. "For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle-as we did in the OJ trial-or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina-or as a fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we'll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this"
- Quote by Barack Obama
7. "Well,' she said, adjusting a pot lid, 'I have my family of origin, which is you and Mom. And then Jaime's family, my family of marriage. And hopefully, I'll have another family, as well. Our family, that we make. Me and Jaimie.' Now I felt bad, bringing this up so soon after Jamie's gaffe. 'You will,' I said. She turned around, crossing her arms over her chest. 'I hope so. But that's just the thing, right? Family isn't something that's supposed to be static or set. People marry in, divorce out. They're born, they die. It's always evolving, turning into something else. even that picture of Jamie's family was only the true representation for that one day. But the next , someone had probably changed. It had to.' ... Later, when the kitchen had filled up with people looking for more wine, and children chasing Roscoe, I looked across all the chaos at Cora, thinking that of course you would assume our definitions would be similar, since we had come from the same place. But this wasn't"
- Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key