" At the end of the day, this time next year, everyone is going to be happy with the end result. "
Deanne Healey, executive director of the Peabody Chamber of Commerce, offering an optimstic appraisal of Main Street reconfiguration project due to begin in May.
" Years ago if you couldn't learn and were a troublemaker in school, they sent you to the voke school. Those days are long gone. "
Dan O'Connell, superintendent of North Shore Technical High School on the growing demand for vocational education. More than 880 middle-school students have applied for 255 openings in the freshman class at North Shore Tech and Essex Aggie next fall.
" I certainly wouldn't run over and shake Billy Packer's hand if I saw him today. "
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt who hasn't forgotten the swipe the CBS basketball analyst took at him when he played in the 1993 NCAA basketball tournament for Holy Cross.
" She's not anybody I know. If you look at her eyes, they're empty. "
Deborah Cox of her cousin, Tanicia Goodwin, 25, who is charged with slashing the throats of two of her children and setting their Salem apartment on fire.
" I was young, ambitious and stubborn, and it paid off. "
Ronald Parsons, 53, who is celebrating his 25th year as head of the band program at Danvers High School.
" When you have a fear and focus on that fear, you can't function. You focus on what you have to do. "
Salem's Ron Plante of Boston Chimney & Tower on how he copes with working atop tall structures. The company founded by his father, Albert, is celebrating its 75th year in business.
" I believe more and more with each trip I make to the Middle East that there is much more we hold in common than that which divides us. "
Sen. John Kerry, who spoke at Gordon College Monday, a day after returning from a a fact-finding trip to Dubai.
" According to a new book, President Obama blames Fox News for his political problems and losing voters. How could Fox News lose voters? If you're watching Fox News, you're probably not voting for him in the first place. "
Jay Leno on NBC's "The Tonight Show."
" Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom telling CNN how his candidate intends to attract independents and conservative Democrats after selling himself as a conservative in the run-up to the Republican nomination.
" As a team, we've been good friends off the court. We've been together since elementary school, so this is pretty awesome."
Junior point guard Eric Martin after his Danvers High School team won the Division 3 state championship in Worcester last Saturday.