Best Ed Koch Quotes

Hizzoner was always good for a one-liner
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Best Ed Koch Quotes
Ed Koch, in 1997, while presiding over the 'People's Court.'   (MARK LENNIHAN)

The death of former New York City mayor Ed Koch prompts the AP to recall some of his famous quotes:

  • "How'm I doing?"
  • "I'm not the type to get ulcers. I give them."
  • "You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag."
  • "If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist."
  • "Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life." —On the prospect of living in Albany, during his failed 1982 race for governor.

  • "Whether I am straight or gay or bisexual is nobody's business but mine."
  • "If they want a parade, let them parade in front of the oil drums in Moonachie." —After the New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, asked for a permit to hold a parade in the city after winning the Super Bowl in 1987.
  • "It's not soaring, beautiful, handsome, like the George Washington or the Verrazano. It's rugged, it's hard-working, and that's me." —On the 59th Street Bridge being renamed for him in 2011.
  • "I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone. This is my home. The thought of having to go to New Jersey was so distressing to me." —After purchasing a burial plot in Manhattan's Trinity Cemetery in 2008.
(Read more Ed Koch stories.)

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