"I have a passion for lobbying. I got to experience some advocacy and participate a lot in this last legislative session. When I was younger I wanted to be a senator, and I said it all the time. But, as I got older and learned more about the process, I became interested in lobbying. So, what I'd like to do now is start off at the state level and continue on in politics, and run for office while also possibly going into lobbying."

-Jessica Padron, a 20-year- old sophomore and intern for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Las Vegas Sun, August 12

"If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either."

-Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, which shut down after a government investigation, Forbes, August 9

"Do you have a better idea? They'll just shoot it down anyway."

-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), responding to a reporter's question about whether he had an alternative idea to fund the government after an initial plan failed to garner enough GOP votes, Politico, September 11