"It's the greatest time in the history of our city, at least as long as I've been alive." — Harry Connick Jr., to the Associated Press, Feb. 7, 2010
"I seroconverted to New Orleanian when I went from Jazz Fest to Mardi Gras." — Harry Shearer, on Twitter (@letwits)
"There's been a concerted effort to minimize my accomplishments." — Mayor Ray Nagin to interviewer Michele Norris, in a March interview for Essence magazine. Asked about the city's police and tech departments being under federal investigation, Nagin said: "There was no corruption under my watch. I've only had one instance where there was a mention about anything corrupt, and that was an indictment, not a conviction, where a former employee may have improperly used a credit card. But if you're talking about the previous administration's indictments, that happened before I got here."