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  • It is not a government's obligation to provide services, but to see that they are provided.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • People expect Byzantine, Machiavellian logic from politicians. But the truth is simple. Trial lawyers learn a good rule Don't decide what you don't have to decide. That's not evasion, it's wisdom.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week.
    (Mario Cuomo)


  • Scott Stringer has a record of standing up to special interests and getting results for the people of Manhattan. I know a real reformer when I see one and Scott Stringer is the real deal.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • I am a trial lawyer. Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • For me to make lasagna would be a desecration of a great Italian dish. . . . I don't mess with sacred things.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • You will not be able to tell that they are capable of greatness until you provide them with a packed house, a 3-and-2 count and the game is on the line.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • When you've parked the second car in the garage, and installed the hot tub, and skied in Colorado, and wind-surfed in the Caribbean, when you've had your first love affair and your second and your third, the question will remain, where does the dream end
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • He was agonizingly long, ... but don't make the mistake thinking that is a fatal error. I've known him as a governor for a long time and I think he's extremely talented. He has the strength of being able to focus. He has a single ambition, and he has always had this ambition, and it is to someday be president of the United States.
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • You have these people who don't like the government they're supposed to be running,
    (Mario Cuomo)

  • I wish I could say he was the product of a developed politics here that is so strong, but he wasn't, ... And, neither was Hillary. Hillary was an import from Washington who chose, to our benefit, to come to New York. Yeah, they are New Yorkers now and very much so, but not a product of New York politics.
    (Mario Cuomo)


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