Best Quotes of 2011

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 12:00 am  

"She could sell eggs to the chicken that laid them."
- Vicki Taylor of Pine Bluff, speaking of Sissy Jones, founder of Sissy's Log Cabin jewelry store

"If you can't forgive, you can't be forgiven. And that's something I had to learn."
- Sissy Jones, discussing her marriage to husband Murphy Jones, their divorce and, in 1988, remarriage

"When you give a gift, you want to give something that you hope greatly enriches and transforms other lives. So I guess it's that potential at transformation that made me feel like it was the right thing to do."
- Alice Walton, on why the Walton family decided to build Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville

"He has given so much to people over the years that we didn't feel it was appropriate to really do anything other than support him."
- Steve Jonsson, vice president and general manager of KABZ-FM, 103.7 "The Buzz," discussing the station's decision to hold open a job for Tommy Smith, who entered rehab after being arrested for DWI, possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and related charges

"I think the entire experience was healing. I was so broken by the political viciousness of Whitewater, and my family was so wounded and people I loved were so hurt, that being incarcerated was a healing. It changed who I was."
- Susan McDougal, a Whitewater figure later pardoned by President Bill Clinton, on her experience in federal prison

"Clients can be annoying or high maintenance. Life's too short. ... If you have to put up with them, you might as well get paid for it."
- John Wesley Hall, Little Rock criminal defense attorney, on choosing to represent defendants based on whether or not they can pay him

"Well, I'll tell you what you're required to do. You're required to have this damn deposition. ... Am I going to have to send a marshal out there to conduct this deposition?"
- U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson to Rose Law Firm attorney Ryan Solomon in one of four telephone conferences in which he repeatedly ordered Solomon's client, USA Drug scion Jason LaFrance, to sit for a scheduled deposition in November

"Counsel has no problems with going to the bathroom in the outdoors, but he is not about to do so in the affluent Edgehill neighborhood which has private security on patrol and which would subject him to the risk of arrest for indecent exposure."
- Little Rock attorney Patrick James, in a footnote to his motion for sanctions against Solomon and LaFrance, who eventually barred him from even using the restroom in LaFrance's $2.5 million home, where LaFrance was ultimately deposed

"We've not spent any money on ourselves. It's all gone to pay off debt."
- Bonnie Harvey, who along with her husband, Little Rock businessman Ed Harvey, was embroiled in a $1.7 million collection lawsuit with Metropolitan National Bank after selling Continental Express Inc. in 2008

"I never considered myself to be a greedy person."
- Kevin Lewis, the former Little Rock lawyer who in December was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for a scam involving fake special improvement district bonds that cost Arkansas banks some $50 million

"Now that we've done it, we have a whole new attitude when we're shopping. We're in a different stage of life. We're not in a collecting stage of life; we're in a getting-rid-of stage."
- Bill Carlton, who with his wife, Pat, decided to have an enormous estate sale as they moved from a 10,000-SF home in Little Rock to one that was somewhat smaller

"I just think the best thing is to be honest and get the information out there. I am not saying you have to put out a press release saying, ‘Look, we messed up.' But at the same time, it's better to control the message, and you can't control the message if you try to sweep it under a rug. And if you don't tell the truth, it's always going to come back, and then it's going to be a whole lot worse."
- Leslie Taylor, associate vice chancellor of communications and marketing for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, discussing crisis communications



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