"Democracy is messy. Everyday my life is messy. But if you want everything to be quiet and orderly and allow, you know, just things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about." -- Bernie Sanders in an interview with The Associated Press as he pushed the Democratic Party to adopt his progressive agenda at this summer's convention in Philadelphia.
"This speaks to the notion a lot of people had when this first happened, which is that it was a rush to judgment." -- David Weinstein, a Florida attorney and former federal civil rights prosecutor, after Baltimore prosecutors failed for the second time in their bid to hold the city's police accountable for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray when an officer was acquitted in the racially charged case that triggered riots a year ago.
"For me, there's never a time. ... It's just really difficult for us to try and agree to any kind of a thing like this with Vietnam, I guess." -- Vietnam War veteran Steve Rylant of Loveland, Colorado, after President Barack Obama lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America's former enemy.