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"I had a senior executive at ABC Radio tell me in 1972, 'If you want to stay in this business, you had better go into sales, because you just don't have the talent. You're never gonna make it.' It turns out I had made him mad one day on the radio with something I'd done, and that was his way to get back at me. But, the point is, I never listened to the naysayers."

"I don't often spend time thinking about the past, because I'm so focused on the next day. And I'm obsessed with meeting everybody's expectations every day, and there are many days where I think I haven't been nearly as good as I could have been, so I look to the next day to fix that, get better. So I don't sit back and reflect."

"It's always seductive to hang around people who have failed at something and have them tell you how mean the business is -- whatever your business is -- and how unfair it is and how they got screwed by a bunch of people that didn't care. It's easy to find failures, and it's easy to be seduced by failure."

"This program did not get cannibalized by any of the success that it spawned. So there's a whole new market -- conservative alternative media -- on the Internet, on television, and on radio. It's been a financial boon for a lot of people, and it's been profoundly successful."

"This program hasn't been cannibalized. We kept growing. We did not get smaller. It's just stunning. It's amazing. And an entire industry was brought along with it. That's how thirsty and hungry the American population was for conservatism in the media."

"My family's always hung in there. Everybody has always hung in with me. My gratitude goes so deep for so many, I couldn't possibly mention them all to you."

"Vladimir Putin and the Russians have just granted Edward Snowden amnesty. Jay Carney, White House spokesman, just told the White House Press Corps that Obama is extremely disappointed. I think Obama is just jealous, and my message to the president would be, 'Be patient. The Soviets will give you amnesty in due course. Your time is coming. Don't be jealous of Snowden because he got there before you did. You put in the other three years you got here, and then the world will open up to you. You'll get amnesty or whatever else you want from the Russians. Be patient.'"

"Every family has a renowned, mythological patriarch who was a guiding influence. A lot of that, in many families, is mythological. In our family, it was real. My grandfather, when it was said that he never smoked or drank, he never did.

"When it was said that he never uttered a curse word, he never did. When it was said he put a coat and tie on seven days a week, he did. He was indescribably, in our view -- all of us in the family -- he was the embodiment of perfection."

"Thank you all so much for everything. I don't have a way to adequately say thanks, but just know that I appreciate you being out there each and every day. It's a great comfort knowing that you're there. I appreciate it, and cannot thank you enough for being here today for our 25th anniversary show."

"I share with you the sense of great unease about it, about the country, about where it's going, how it's happened. Everything seems upside down, and there doesn't seem to be any push-back to it."

"I have this fervent desire that I could make everybody in this country understand what liberalism really is. It is not a way of thinking. Liberalism is the denial of liberty. It's the denial of freedom. It is the imposition of restrictions on people."

"By the way, just to be clear, Maya Angelou is in the new Limbaugh Broadcast Museum's Rush Impressions Gallery. Maya Angelou is in there. 'The river, the rock, and the tree.'"

"Pop, what would be the most descriptive, yet brief introduction to the people of America that listen to this program of you that I can make? And this is it: If you had been born earlier, you would have been one of this country's Founding Fathers. This man has set an example for those of us in his family to live up to that we'll never achieve, but your efforts have all made us better people than we would otherwise have been. It is impossible to describe his achievements, his character, his temperament, his devotion to family and himself."

"Liberals don't want competition for your mind. They don't want anybody convincing you that they're wrong. They don't want anybody telling you who they really are. And when anybody pops up that effectively does that, here come the long knives."

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