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"I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so. … She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us. What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain — it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice."

Stephen Colbert, a practicing Catholic, on the 1974 deaths of his father and two brothers, in Charles McGrath’s NYT Magazine profile.

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"God was already speaking to me, but [Rick] felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said, ‘Let me tell you something: You might not see the burning bush, but other people are seeing it for you.’"

Anita Perry, on her husband’s reticence to enter the presidential race, during an emotional speech Thursday at South Carolina’s North Greenville University.