Separation of power says the judiciary committee is supposed to confirm qualified judges and then what the Supreme Court does, that is their function, not my function.

'Never give in' was my mindset.

The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.

If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.

I don't expect people to agree with all my votes.

I beat a brain tumor.

I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election.

Americans' addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.

When the 14th Amendment, equal protection clause was enacted, the galleries in the Senate were segregated. Now we have integration.

Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics.

Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes party asks too much.

Cannibals are devouring senators.

I don't like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini.

The extremists took over the primary process.

It so happens that I'm pro choice.

I've been playing squash almost daily for 38 years.

Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn't Democratic or Republican; it's American.

I do not represent the Republican Party.

As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt.

If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I've said I would be proud to be responsible for it.

It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.

I knew people were going to see me see deteriorate before their eyes.

The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice - a pretty important position.

My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I've never lost a match.

I'm battling cancer. It's another battle I intend to win.

I really do not make deals.

It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.

Stability means respecting precedents.

If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn't dominate.

I have not taken a position on that nuclear option. My view is I'm not going to do anything until I come to that bridge. I'm not going to jump off the bridge until I come to it.

As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party.

It's been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania.

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.

It's inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.

We don't need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party.

When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong.

There's a great public disinclination toward politicians.

If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming.

I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don't think it is the government's rule.

But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security.

The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation.

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.

Lawyers advocate more so than state their own positions.

I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say.

Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason.

There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day!

When the students are occupied, they're not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.