"Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Ed Koch on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Ed Koch on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Ed Koch on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Ed Koch on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Ed Koch on Booker T. Washington
"I was drafted into the Army when I was 19 and came out at age 22. Most people that I knew didn't think they'd come home alive. I didn't think I would either, so I was happy when I did."
"Citizens, thank you for all your birthday wishes. I am 88 years old today and still lucky to live in the greatest city in the world."
"No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that."
"The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it."
"If you listen to Giuliani, it's like nobody did anything to improve the city except him. I'm not part of the history. Bloomberg's not part of the history. It's like, he did it. He's the only one. That's why he's a little crazy."