Quotes of the week April 28 - May 508 may 2012, 18:13
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"I don't feel safe here. I want to leave."
-- Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng pleads for American help to take him abroad, saying he fears for his life just hours after leaving the US embassy in Beijing where he had fled after escaping house arrest.
Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng (L) is seen in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse at the Chaoyang hospital in Beijing.©AFP PHOTO/Jordan Pouille
"We have always believed in flexibility, in the political process... that is the only way in which we can achieve our goal without violence."
-- Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi explains the reason behind her party's U-turn on taking an oath to "safeguard" the army-created constitution before she was sworn in as an MP for the first time.
Aung San Suu Kyi. ©AFP
"With the signing of this document the past chapter of 10 years closes and a new chapter of new, friendly and equal relations opens."
-- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a long-term strategic pact sealed with his American counterpart Barack Obama in Kabul on relations between the two countries after US-led NATO troops pull out in 2014.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai. ©AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO
PICK UP A PENGUIN
"They tried their incompetent best to care for the penguin."
-- Australian lawyer Bill Potts defending two drunken Welshmen who woke one morning to find they had stolen a penguin called Dirk from a theme park during the night and thought they had better give it a shower.
NO MESSIAHS PLEASE
"I don't believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic feelings."
-- Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin expresses his complete lack of faith in the Iran policy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
Yuval Diskin, head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency. ©REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
"You'll have a hard time passing yourself off as a victim or a lamb."
-- French Socialist president-elect Francois Hollande hits back at President Nicolas Sarkozy during a television debate after he complained that leftists had launched personal attacks at him during the campaign.
France's president-elect Francois Hollande. ©AFP
"That is a lie, it is slander, you are a little slanderer for saying that."
-- Nicolas Sarkozy accusing Socialist challenger Francois Hollande during a television debate of lying after he charged that the French president had made many partisan appointments during his tenure.
France's outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy. ©AFP
"Even a breath of this in the press could have chased bin Laden away."
-- US President Barack Obama saying in an interview with NBC how the operation against Osama bin Laden was planned and conducted in utmost secrecy, and how he did not share knowledge of it even with First Lady Michelle Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©AFP
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
"Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden."
-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking in New York on the one-year anniversary of the US mission that killed bin Laden, after Obama campaign ads questioned whether he would have ordered the daring special forces raid into Pakistan that eliminated the Al-Qaeda founder.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour."
-- New York judge Douglas McKeon quoting the IMF's own 2011 annual report after rejecting former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's last ditch attempt to claim diplomatic immunity against a sexual assault suit.
"The bulldog finally did bite her back in self-defense. There were no charges against the dog."
-- Sergeant Mike Smith after a young Illinois woman was charged with animal cruelty for biting her dog after coming home drunk and getting in a loud fight with her mother.
NO HE'S NOT
"Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company."
-- The main conclusion of a scathing report from a British parliamentary committee over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Rupert Murdoch. ©REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
YES HE IS
"The Board of Directors of News Corporation met today and announced its full confidence in Rupert Murdoch's fitness and support for his continuing to lead News Corporation into the future as its Chairman and CEO."
-- The Board of Directors of News Corp, News International's parent, in response to a British parliamentary committee who questioned whether Rupert Murdoch was fit to lead the company.
"My wife pointed out to me 219 times, give or take three, that a moon colony was probably not my most clever comment in the campaign."
-- Newt Gingrich announcing he had suspended his presidential campaign and recalling his idea of creating a moon colony.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich. ©AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad