Quotes of the week July 29-August 406 august 2012, 15:14
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
ACTION NOT WORDS
"At a time when we need, when the Syrian people desperately need, action there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council."
-- Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, announcing he is quitting as the United Nations and Arab League's Syria envoy
Kofi Annan. ©AFP PHOTO / UN PHOTO / YANN CASTANIER
NONE BUT THE BRAVE
"The army is engaged in a crucial and heroic battle ... on which the destiny of the nation and its people rests."
-- President Bashar al-Assad in a speech marking the 67th anniversary of Syria's armed forces
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. ©REUTERS/Sana Sana
SPEAK FOR YOURSELVES
"The regime says it is fighting 'terrorist groups'. We tell the regime that we will chase them because they are the terrorists. ... We will go after them in the whole of Aleppo, until the city is liberated."
-- The Free Syrian Army's military chief in Aleppo, Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi, describing regime forces in the country's commercial capital
Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Oqaidi. ©AFP
"It's like running behind a train that constantly keeps accelerating."
-- A European Commission aid expert describing the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria
RACE AGAINST TIME
"You yourself said a few months ago that when all else fails, America will act. But these declarations have also not yet convinced the Iranians to stop their programme. This must change, and it must change quickly because time to resolve this issue peacefully is running out."
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in talks over Iran's nuclear programme
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©AFP
'Kiss my ass'
-- Mitt Romney's spokesman Rick Gorka loses his cool when journalists press the US Republican presidential candidate over the gaffes that plagued him during his visits to Israel and Britain
"That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it."
-- Author and historian Jared Diamond on Republican Mitt Romney's description of his book "Guns, Germs and Steel"
"He's very open, and brimming with values, his wife is always by his side, he's got five kids -- we're very much alike, I really like him and am pleased we met".
Former Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa on US Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney
Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa (C). ©AFP
LET THEM OFF LIGHTLY
"There is nothing good in what they did. Nevertheless, I do not think that they should be judged too severely for this."
Russian President Vladimir Putin on members of the Pussy Riot girl band who are on trial for singing an anti-Putin song in a church
Russian President Vladimir Putin. ©AFP
BUST YOUR HEAD
"These gymnastic folks -- I don't understand how they do what they do. So I told these young ladies, as I was congratulating them, how do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam?"
-- US President Barack Obama who called the American women's gymnastics team who struck gold on Tuesday at the London Olympics
President Barack Obama. ©AFP
MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO
"I want to fulfil myself in politics and share the experience I gained in Europe, do something for my country. ... In politics, I plan to support the social sector and sport. After all, my main slogan is a healthy mind in a healthy body."
Ukrainian star footballer Andrei Shevchenko announces he is quitting the beautiful game for a different arena
Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko. ©AFP
"Brussels wastes weeks defining the size of chicken cages, forcing farmers to put toys in pigsties, worrying that the peace of a goose's soul is an important European issue while hundreds of thousands of citizens lose their jobs, watch their financial system collapse and feel it is getting harder and harder to survive."
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban takes it out on the European Union
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. ©REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
"There are no secrets. The reason for my improvement and how I won the gold medal is down to the warm love of the Great Leader Kim Jong-Il and the Great Comrade Kim Jong-Un."
-- North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-Chol credits the country's Communist ruler and his father and predecessor for his Olympic win, according to Pyongyang's official news agency
North Korea's Om Yun Chol competes during the weightlifting men's 56kg group B. ©AFP
"Students, especially those in primary schools, are like pieces of white paper. They absorb what is taught in schools. This subject is akin to painting the paper red."
-- Mercury Leung, a 21-year-old university student in Hong Kong, expresses her opposition to plans by the semi-autonomous city's government to introduce "national education" lessons praising China's Communist Party rule
"It appears that a party was in full progress when a young male decided to place a firework between the cheeks of his bottom and light it. What must have seemed to be a great idea at the time has obviously backfired and resulted in the male receiving quite severe and painful burns to his cheeks, back and private bits."
-- Garry Smith, a police spokesman in Darwin, Australia, explains how a man suffered firework-related injuries when a party trick went wrong
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"We did want to stay here but they are going to kick us out. Unfortunately we have to move to the Crillon."
-- Japanese tourist Tamotsu Akiyama, who flew in specially from Tokyo with his wife to bid the Ritz hotel in Paris goodbye as it closes for two years for a revamp
View of Paris' Hotel Ritz, Place Vendome. ©AFP