Quotes of the week June 10-1618 june 2012, 18:13
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
ONLY SO STRONG
"Germany is strong, Germany is an engine of economic growth and a stability anchor in Europe, but Germany's powers are not unlimited. All the (aid) packages will ring hollow if you overestimate Germany's strength."
-- Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that Germany cannot fight the eurozone crisis alone.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©AFP
"Yesterday, the credibility of the euro won, its future, and the European Union. It was not easy."
-- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy commenting on his government's decision to seek a bailout for its stricken banks, that could reach up to 100 billion euros.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. ©AFP
DELAYING THE INEVITABLE
"Spain has been offered a line of credit and it is already weighed down with too much debt. It is just going to delay the inevitable."
-- Ben Taylor, a broker at CMC Markets, punctures the initial optimism generated by the Spanish bailout.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL
"I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instil in them a love for religion and death."
-- Umaima Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan, wife of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a letter to Muslim women.
HUNGRY BUT NOT THIRSTY
"Sometimes we're sitting two days without food. We drink water and tea. That's enough."
- Abraham Alu, a 35-year-old asylum seeker from South Sudan, on the reality of hiding in his apartment in south Tel Aviv for fear of Israeli immigration police, which have begun rounding up Africans ahead of deportation.
LEFT FOR DEAD
"He played dead in order to survive. He could barely speak. He was in a very bad shape. You can imagine, he'd just lost 35 members of his family."
- Abu Ghazi al-Hamwi, giving a terrifying account of how one man managed to survive a massacre allegedly carried out by pro-regime militiamen in the Syrian village of Al-Kubeir.
Damages in the Syrian village of Al-Kubeir in the central province of Hama. ©AFP PHOTO / HO / UNSMIS
"We dare not stay and are afraid of the night time."
-- One resident of Myanmar's Rakhine state -- too afraid to be named -- says communal violence is forcing thousands to flee for their lives.
JET LAG ON HISTORIC EUROPE TOUR
"I am not used to the time difference."
-- Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi talking to reporters in Geneva after falling ill during a news conference on the first day of her historic Europe tour.
BEAUTIFUL, BUT DANGEROUS
"We live in a beautiful country, but it is dangerous."
-- Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton after a coroner ruled that a dingo snatched her baby from a tent in the Australian desert 32 years ago.
A Dingo (Australian wild dog). ©REUTERS/David Gray
"We are doing what a bank is supposed to do. We do it every single day."
-- JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon, explaining to senators the giant bank's derivative investment operation that racked up a shock loss of at least $2 billion loss in just six weeks.
President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Co. Jamie Dimon. ©AFP
THE TWEET THAT CAUSED A STORM
"Good luck to Olivier Falorni who has done nothing worthy of blame, who has fought alongside the people of La Rochelle for so many years with selfless commitment."
-- France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler takes a swipe at her husband's ex-partner, Segolene Royal, by tweeting her support for Royal's rival in parliamentary elections.
Newly elected president Francois Hollande's companion Valerie Trierweiler (L) and Segolene Royal, the president's former partner (R). ©AFP
A CAMPAIGN IN A TWEET
"And, you can pretty much put their campaign on... a tweet and have some characters to spare."
-- A sarcastic US President Barack Obama saying the theme of his rival Mitt Romney's presidential campaign could fit on a tweet with letters to spare -- "it's Obama's fault."
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
"Peaceful action is the only way forward, a clean green Earth is what we need."
-- "Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Lucy Lawless after she pleaded guilty in New Zealand to unlawfully boarding a ship in protest at plans to search for oil off Alaska.
BEAN THERE, DONE THAT
"There are so many things called bean -- coffee, fruit. We can use the name too, if we want."
-- Producers of the Indonesian film "Mr Bean Possessed by D.P." say they are not trying to cash in on comedian Rowan Atkinson's bumbling alter ego.
Actor Rowan Atkinson. ©REUTERS/Olivia Harris