Quotes of the week - November 6-1214 november 2011, 12:18
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
WORLD'S TOUGHEST JOB?
"Greece is at a crucial crossroads ... the course will not be easy."
-- New Prime Minister Lucas Papademos steels Greece for tough times ahead after taking over from Georg Papandreou at the head of a unity government.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. ©REUTERS
WHAT A RELIEF
"I feel liberated ... I'll be the founding father of the party and maybe I'll be the president of AC Milan again."
-- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after announcing that he will stand down in the wake of Italy's growing financial crisis.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. ©REUTERS
BEGGING THE QUESTION
"It is ridiculous that rich European nations have their begging bowls out and want money out of the pocket of China, whose per capita income is only about $4,000."
Men Jing, chair of European Union-China relations at the College of Europe, decries requests from the EU for Chinese help over the debt crisis.
Men Jing, chair of European Union-China relations at the College of Europe. ©http://www.coleurop.be
"Mr. Murdoch, you must be the first mafia boss in history who did not know he was running a criminal enterprise."
-- Opposition lawmaker Tom Watson accuses News International of being bound by a pact of "omerta" as he grills its chairman James Murdoch in parliament over Britain's phone-hacking scandal.
British member of parliament Tom Watson. ©REUTERS/David McNew
MEMORY LOSS I
"When I first saw her, I didn't even recognize her. I am honestly telling you, I can't even recall knowing her back then."
-- Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain reacting after a woman went public to accuse him of groping her in a car after dinner in 1997. He is struggling to counter growing accusations by four women of sexual harassment.
Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain. ©REUTERS/John Adkisson
MEMORY L0SS II
"It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone, Commerce, Education and the, err, what's the third one there ... The third one, I can't, I'm sorry, I can't. Oops."
-- Presidential hopeful Rick Perry with a gaffe which could sound the final death knell to his campaign during a debate between Republican contenders.
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry. ©REUTERS/Mark Blinch
NO MORE NUKES
"America needs another nuclear weapon like Lady Gaga needs another outfit."
-- Congressman Ed Markey, a Democrat, who wants Congress to scrap what he calls "unnecessary weapons."
Congressman Ed Markey. ©REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WE WON'T MATCH YOU
"We will not build two bombs in the face of your 20,000. We will develop something that you cannot respond to, which is ethics, humanity, solidarity and justice."
-- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hits out at the United States as he rejects claims by the UN nuclear watchdog that Iran is pursuing atomic weapons.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ©REUTERS/Caren Firouz
CASH FLOW PROBLEM
"It's not just a problem of money. There is no one to replace the windows. All the labour force has left."
-- A Libyan banker mollifying a client who could not draw from his account due to a shortage of cash in Tripoli's banks, many of which were damaged during fighting that toppled despot Moamer Kadhafi.
Libya's national commercial bank, which was looted and burned in the early tumult of Libya's uprising last February, is seen in Benghazi October 28, 2011. ©REUTERS
"The exterior was left bombed-out, so people wouldn't know what was going on inside. (But) inside, we converted it to a maximum-security prison."
-- US military commander Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks, speaking of the bombed-out villa that held tyrant Saddam Hussein before his execution, as the American military prepares to hand back to the Iraqi government the most sensitive US sites in Iraq before a full military withdrawal by year's end.
U.S. soldiers walk out of a building within Victory Base Compound in Baghdad November 7, 2011. ©REUTERS/Saad Shalash
"Justice was served."
-- Jermaine Jackson after a jury found doctor Conrad Murray guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of his brother, pop icon, Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson. ©REUTERS/JASON REDMOND
"I felt under the weather and got up late this morning. There were no cabs in the street and I got panicky. Then I saw a street banner telling latecomers to call (emergency number) 112."
-- A South Korean student, late for the day-long annual college entry exam, is escorted to a testing centre by a police car with its siren blaring.
A military policeman riding a motorcycle takes a latecomer to an exam hall for the annual college entrance examinations in Seoul. ©REUTERS/Jo Yong hak