George W. Bush delivered a heartfelt eulogy for his father, George HW Bush

“Let’s get this done. Let’s stand as one. Let’s be as one. Let’s show everybody, this is the Republican Party of Texas. We are not the party of bigots.” — J.T. Edwards, a representative of Senate District 11 on the State Republican Executive Committee urging the passing of a resolution condemning attempts by some in the Tarrant County GOP to oust party vice chairman Shahid Shafi because he’s Muslim. (Saturday, Austin American-Statesman)

What I liked most about his race was that it didn’t feel constantly poll-tested. It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed.” — Former President Barack Obama on Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Tuesday, The Washington Post)

“I would really take myself out of that potential. I love NATO.” — Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. ambassador to NATO on rumors she might succeed Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Donald Trump eventually named State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. (Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News)

“If men at Wall Street firms are incapable of the simple act of having dinner alone with a woman without making fools of themselves, then those men pose a financial and cultural liability to the company.” — Alicia Glen and other former employees of the Goldman Sachs Group, in a letter responding to a Bloomberg report that some men in finance have taken to avoiding their female counterparts at any cost in the #MeToo era. (Wednesday, Bloomberg)

“I never understood how the little drummer boy’s parents could just send him outside alone at night to play his drum until my daughter brought a recorder home from school.” — Comedian Simon Holland  (Thursday, Twitter

“I love the excitement my children have during the holidays. You can feel it in the air. I just wish I could feel that air after 6 am and a cup of coffee.” — Writer Jennifer Lizza (Thursday, Twitter)

“I know it’s a hard time, a lot of people are struggling and I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. God Bless, go get your stuff, Merry Christmas.” — Actor and producer Tyler Perry, in a video discussing the $400,000 in layaways he paid at two Walmart stores in the Atlanta area. (Thursday, Twitter)