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Pennsylvania is tired of villains. We need heroes. These people are truly my heroes. They are dedica...
RUSS DIAMOND
Representing Australia as an Olympian at Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta 1996 were the proudest moment...
MICHAEL DIAMOND
When we went for the pictures, we knew that this was going to be the first and only time that we wer...
AMANDA DIAMOND
I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting ...
NEIL DIAMOND
He's really likable and sincere, and he's very easy to be with. He certainly wasn't easygoing in the...
NEIL DIAMOND
You are the sun, ... I am the moon.
NEIL DIAMOND
Life is a series of lessons in which there is never enough learned.
DIAMOND RYAN
I'm already writing my Oscar speech.
MIKE DIAMOND
I'm left handed, but my dad taught me to play guitar right-handed.
DUSTIN DIAMOND
Thank you so much for coming back,
DAN DIAMOND
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ETHAN DIAMOND
Arouse the mind without resting it on anything
DIAMOND SUTRA
You teach people how to treat you by what you accept.
DIAMOND DRAKE
I think it's very fragile. I'm very worried.
LARRY DIAMOND
There are a lot of girls that will try to hook up with you, then try to have your kid because they f...
DUSTIN DIAMOND
It made me feel as if I was taking back some control over my life when everything else had been shak...
LUCY DIAMOND
I'm a shepherd, not a sheep, and I've always prided myself on being a leader and not a follo...
DUSTIN DIAMOND
The sport of shooting is my life.
MICHAEL DIAMOND
Honestly achieved results surpass all others.
MICHAEL DIAMOND
Sorry dude, but we're in a boxing match and you went against your word and tried to make me look...
DUSTIN DIAMOND
In America we believe in Life, Liberty - and the pursuit
AL DIAMOND
A penny saved is a penny wasted
AL DIAMOND
When we market this product, the way we approach it (is that) the ignition interlock is the best saf...
MICHAEL DIAMOND
Asia has more than twice as many severely deprived children as sub-Saharan Africa. This scale of chi...
MICHAEL DIAMOND
The will of the people will make 2006 a historic year.
RUSS DIAMOND
Leadership controlling it all is the biggest problem we have in Harrisburg. That makes (for) very fe...
RUSS DIAMOND
This is the last chance for those who are truly dedicated to changing government in Pennsylvania. On...
RUSS DIAMOND
Pennsylvania is tired of villains. We need heroes. I'm proud to bring you some of those heroes today...
RUSS DIAMOND
There are some races where we will introduce more than one candidate. In these races, we believe eac...
RUSS DIAMOND
We're in the middle of vetting potential candidates.
RUSS DIAMOND
I'm lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part.
NEIL DIAMOND
It's a clear signal that Pennsylvanians have awoke from their long slumber.
RUSS DIAMOND
"I am," I said To no one there And no one heard at all Not even the chair "I am," I cried "I am," sa...
NEIL DIAMOND