Says the race director at the Mascoma slalom, "Just save a little at the finish to get out before the low-head dam"...
Same guy a year earlier on my first whitewater kayak trip, this day on the East Branch of the Pemigewasset, "It's all easy read and run". .... Three swims later, "You're doing great, just try to miss the biggest holes".
Different trip a couple of years later with a new trip leader (soon to be fired) on a second descent of some long forgotten river way north in Canada, "I think it gets easier from here". Followed by three consecutive 5-ish drops (by our 1979 standards) and then a Black Canyon-esque portage.
Spring break trip to Nantahala March 1980. Wettest spring in years. Every river in full flood. Ran the Ocoee way higher than I've ever seen it since. I think by then the flume had already been closed. Says trip leader, "Maybe tomorrow we should try out Chatooga Section 4, all of the main features will be flooded".