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  • I think in the years to come what Reagan will be remembered for is that he had the chance to stop the plague and he chose not to because the 'right people' were dying.

  • Like the effects of industrial pollution and the new system of global financial markets, the AIDS crisis is evidence of a world in which nothing important is regional, local, limited; in which everything that can circulate does, and every problem is, or is destined to become, worldwide.

  • The only good thing about the AIDS epidemic is that as much as it's brought forth all sorts of fear and hatred from people, it's also taught people how to love in a new way.

  • We are sheep with no straight / and narrow; / We are sheep with no meadow. / We are sheep who take the / dangerous pathway thru / the mountain range / to get to the other side of / our soul. / We are the black sheep of / the family / Called Black Sheep folk.

    • Karen Finley,
    • "The Black Sheep, We Keep Our Victims Ready," public poem cast in bronze ()
  • But, over and over, these men cry out against the weight of so many losses — not just a lover dead, but friends and friends of friends, dozens of them, until it seems that AIDS is all there is and all there ever will be.

    • Jane Gross,
    • "AIDS: The Next Phase," in The New York Times ()
  • It could be said that the Aids pandemic is a classic own-goal scored by the human race against itself.