The Week In Words: On humility, risk-taking, and leaving the exurbs

Posted: April 08, 2012

"I learned how to be humble . Because there are a whole lot of smart people, and humility is important."

- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the University of Pennsylvania to mark the opening of a new law school building.

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"In other cities, we're generally competing with three or four carriers, and in Philadelphia, we're really only competing with one. You know, my motto in life is, 'Screw it, just do it,' so we give things a try, and, generally speaking, we're successful."

- Virgin America founder Richard Branson, after its inaugural flight landed here.

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" was especially hard on homeowners who had stretched to get into homes by buying in less-pricey exurbs surrounding major cities. â ¦ These households have since lost their homes and are now back renting closer in to the urban centers, where there are more jobs."

- Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, on the Census Bureau report that for the first time in almost two decades cities are growing while fringe suburbs are not.

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"It's like when cockroaches appear: You're never quite sure how many are out there."

- John Manley, of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, on how one European country after another moves into financial crisis.

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"The entire dynamic of the U.S. East Coast markets may be about to change."

- Tom Kloza, of the Oil Price Information Service, on word of multiple bidders for Sunoco Inc.'s large South Philadelphia refinery.

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"The impact is that soon there won't be anybody around to answer questions from patients."

- Chuck Kohlerman, of Kohlerman Pharmacy in Malvern, on the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. mail-order pharmacies.

"This controversy has dramatically reduced the demand for all ground-beef products."

- Ron Allen, CEO of King of Prussia-based AFA Foods Inc., which filed for bankruptcy amid public outcry about a beef product it makes dubbed "pink slime."

Compiled from The Inquirer and the Associated Press

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