Quotes of the week May 27 - June 204 june 2012, 15:29
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time ... I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education."
-- The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, urging Greeks to pay their taxes.
HAUNTED IN PRISON
"The curtain has now been drawn on Charles Taylor. I hope he will be haunted by his deeds as he languishes in jail."
-- Alhadji Jusu Jarka, a victim of Charles Taylor's rebels who wears prosthetic arms after rebels in 1999 cut off both upper limbs, reacting to the UN-backed court's decision to sentence Liberia's ex-leader to 50 years in prison for war crimes.
"President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America's future, and wished Governor Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign."
-- Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt saying President Barack Obama called Mitt Romney after his foe locked down the Republican nomination to take him on in November's election.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©AFP
-- Filipino teacher in a text message to her aunt moments before she was killed in a fire that raged through a nursery at a Doha shopping mall. Four teachers, 13 pupils and two firefighters died in the inferno.
"It's none of your business if I wear nail polish."
-- Saudi woman shown in a YouTube video defying orders by the notorious religious police to leave a mall because she is wearing nail polish.
OVER MY DEAD BODY
"Shafiq will be president when I'm dead."
-- Poster on a car parked in Cairo's Tahrir square, where hundreds gathered to protest the fact that ex-premier Ahmad Shafiq, a holdover from Hosni Mubarak's ousted regime, had won enough votes in Egypt's first free presidential election to engage in a run-off vote with an Islamist rival.
Egyptian presidential runoff candidate Ahmed Shafiq. ©AFP
TIANANMEN DEATHS 'AVOIDABLE'
"Nobody should have died in the June 4 incident if it was handled properly. I feel sorry, but I could not do anything, very sorry."
-- Chen Xitong, Beijing mayor during the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, believes the hundreds if not thousands of deaths could have been avoided, according to a new book released this week.
"We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was. He was referring to Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland."
-- Obama spokesman Jay Carney reiterating that President Barack Obama "misspoke" during a ceremony awarding the highest US civilian honor to late Holocaust hero Jan Karski.
"Everybody says that he was a zombie, but I know he's not a zombie; he's my son. I don't know what they injected in him to turn him into the person who did what he did."
-- Ruth Charles, Rudy Eugene's mother, the man who ate another human being's face in Miami last weekend.
Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo are seen in this combination of undated handout photos released by the Miami-Dade Police Department. ©REUTERS
"Are we fascists? We are not. We have not killed anyone, we have not even threatened anyone."
-- ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu rejecting suggestions that the ruling party had led a campaign of intimidation against an art gallery which decided to remove a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) spokesman Jackson Mthembu. ©AFP
"We just want to encourage women and men players to dress properly. We want them to dress nicely, professionally."
-- Paisan Rangsikitpho, deputy president of the Badminton World Federation, says plans to force women players to wear skirts have been scrapped but that they should still try to look their best.
"#25milliontweetymonsters wow! I'm officially feeling like the luckiest girl in the world today."
-- Pop diva Lady Gaga after setting a social media record when she became the first person on Twitter to amass more than 25 million followers.
U.S. pop star Lady Gaga. ©AFP
HAPPENED TO ME
"It's just a question of taste. This year it happened to me."
-- Swedish star Loreen commenting on her victory at the Eurovision song contest in Baku.
Sweden’s Loreen, the winner of the Eurovision 2012. ©AFP
LOW ON HIGH
"It has the same scent, shape and taste as the original plant -- it's all the same -- but the numbing sensation that users are accustomed to has disappeared."
-- Israeli scientist Tzahi Klein who with colleagues cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned. The development may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes.
MONARCHISTS ARE NOT AMUSED
"It's outrageous. The ABC plans to screen a film about a sex-crazy hairdresser who seduces women, instead of the jubilee of a queen who has performed impeccably for this nation."
-- Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy chief David Flint, angry that the national broadcaster plans to show a repeat of the Warren Beatty film "Shampoo" instead of celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.