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Check out Minyanville's quotes of the week (along with some slightly older ones...). From Bush to Greenspan to Churchill, we take a look at who's talking the talk.

"I think every entrepreneur who starts a company and becomes enthralled with it is reluctant to step back." –JetBlue (JBLU) founder David Neeleman on stepping aside as CEO and handing over the reins to longtime COO David Barger

"The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur." –George W. Bush

"I don't think I'm anyone's flunky, but that doesn't mean that someone wouldn't call me that." –F. David Radler, former president of Conrad Black's Hollinger International

"Am I to spend my military career as a highly placed flunky looking to floral decorations in banquet rooms, escorting visiting bores and dancing with the ugly wives and the clumsy daughters of foreign diplomats?" – Philip Kearny, Civil War Brigadier General (and son of Philip Kearny, Sr., one of the founders of the NYSE)

"How many people do you know who have no remorse? No remorse and no empathy?" –an unnamed NYSE floor veteran on NYSE CEO John Thain's decision not to renew the floor barber's contract, 43-year NYSE employee Gerardo Gentilella

"I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well." –Alan Greenspan

"We have no comment unless and until charges and a plea agreement are filed with the court." –Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona, on accusations that Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) made false statements to the government in an attempt to preserve a monopoly for anti-clotting medication, Plavix

""No comment" is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again." –Winston Churchill

"The damage to the public from these white-collared drug pushers surely exceeds the collective damage done by traditional street drug pushers." –Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C. health advocacy group, on OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue Pharma

"It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken." –Frank Perdue

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