AÂ look at some of the famous lines over the years from former New York City Mayor EdÂ Koch:
–”How’mÂ I doing?”
–”I’mÂ not the type to get ulcers. I give them.”
–”YouÂ punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to beÂ a punching bag.”
–”IfÂ you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12Â out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.”
–”HaveÂ you ever lived in the suburbs? It’s sterile. It’s nothing. It’s wasting yourÂ life.”
OnÂ the prospect of living in Albany, during his failed 1982 race for governor.
–”WhetherÂ I am straight or gay or bisexual is nobody’s business but mine.”
–”IfÂ they want a parade, let them parade in front of the oil drums in Moonachie.”
AfterÂ the NewÂ York Giants, who play in New Jersey, asked for a permit to hold a parade inÂ the city after winning the Super Bowl in 1987.
–”IÂ was defeated because of longevity, not because YusufÂ Hawkins was murdered six weeks before the election, although that was aÂ factor. People get tired of you. So they decided to throw me out.”
AfterÂ losing the 1989 mayoral primary.
–”It’sÂ not soaring, beautiful, handsome, like the GeorgeÂ Washington or the Verrazano. It’s rugged, it’s hard working – and that’sÂ me.”
OnÂ the 59th Street Bridge being renamed for him in 2011.
–”IÂ don’t want to leave Manhattan, even when I’m gone. This is my home. The thoughtÂ of having to go to New Jersey was so distressing to me.”
AfterÂ purchasing a burial plot in Manhattan’s Trinity Cemetery in 2008.
–”IÂ know that nothing happens here on this Earth that wasn’t ordained by God. I knowÂ that. You know that. And therefore, while I know that it was the people whoÂ elected me, it was God who selected me.”Â In 1985, during an Easter SundayÂ worship in Harlem explaining why he thought he was selected by God to be mayor.Â The next day, Koch stressed that it did not necessarily mean he was endorsed byÂ God.
“NotÂ that I was given approval by the Deity, but I am delighted I was given theÂ opportunity by the Deity.”