Quotes of the week August 19-2527 august 2012, 17:15
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say 'enough is enough.' For me, that time is now .. Finished with this nonsense."
-- Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong announces he is giving up fighting US efforts to convict him of drug abuse, laying him open to the loss of seven Tour de France victories and other titles.
US cyclist Lance Armstrong. ©AFP
"This crap is finally over. Life can start now," Anders Behring Breivik attacks survivor Ingrid Nymoen on Twitter after the Norwegian mass killer is sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Anders Behring Breivik. ©AFP
"[The decision] reflects particular respect to the law, the truth and life."
-- Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, after a court gave her a suspended death sentence for the murder of a British businessman.
Gu Kailai facing the court during her murder trial in Hefei. ©AFP PHOTO / CCTV
"In my whole life, I have never said 'I'm tired'."
-- 106-year-old Japanese man Saburo Shochi, recognised by the Guinness World Records for becoming the oldest person to have travelled around the world using public transport.
THAI PRISON PARIAHS
"It is not incredibly different than the way paedophiles are treated."
-- Benjamin Zawacki, researcher for Amnesty International, on prisoners serving time for insulting the Thai monarchy who face mistreatment from guards and fellow prisoners.
"From what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
-- Congressman Todd Akin, running for a US Senate seat in Missouri, in a KTVI television interview that triggered a national scandal for Republicans.
Missouri congressman Todd Akin. ©AFP PHOTO / US 109TH CONGRESS
"Rape is rape, and the idea we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people."
-- US President Barack Obama, slamming a Republican lawmaker who had questioned whether a "legitimate rape" can lead to pregnancy.
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
"We are in the fourth quarter. We are up by a few points, but the other side is coming strong and they play a little dirty."
-- US President Barack Obama at a fundraising event in New York with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
"In his honor, we declared the place that Curiosity touched down to be forever known as 'Bradbury Landing'".
-- Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, saying that NASA had approved the Curiosity team's proposal to rename the touchdown site in tribute to Ray Bradbury, the legendary author of "The Martian Chronicles".
Tracks made by Curiosity's tires during its first test drive. ©AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech
"The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour."
-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing an anti-Israel protest in Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ©AFP
"What can I do with this woman? She's spying for the regime but we cannot keep her here. It's against our religion."
-- Syrian rebel Abu Mohamed, after a woman was caught in the dead of night spying on their position in the bombarded city of Aleppo and feeding the information to regime forces.
Civilians search for personal belongings in the rubble of their house following shelling from Syrian government forces in Aleppo. ©AFP
"I've been selling shoes here my whole life. I come here every day, whether or not there's fighting, I have to provide for my children."
-- Ahmed Shamta, a Syrian roadside shoe salesman at Aleppo's Shaar roundabout, as he nonchalantly closes a sale on a pair of sandals while a government fighter jet flies overhead and thuds are heard in the distance.
"I feel such depression at the (Israeli) checkpoints, but this speed makes me feel like I'm powerful, it helps me expel my depression."
-- Palestinian Maysoon Jayyusi, a member of the West Bank's "Speed Sisters", the Middle East's first female speed racing team.
WASTE OF BLOOD
"I believe that this device contributed, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to the waste of Iraqi blood, to the shedding of Iraqi blood, because it was not effective to the required degree."
-- Iraqi Interior Ministry Inspector General Aqil al-Turaihi, on bomb detectors used at countless checkpoints across the country which have proven to be useless.
An Iraqi security officer holds a bomb detector device. ©AFP
END THE WITCHHUNT
"I ask President Obama to do the right thing, the United States must renounce its witchhunt against WikiLeaks."
-- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his first public comments since being granted political asylum by Ecuador on August 16.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. ©AFP
SHOCK AND PAIN
"The nation is in shock and in pain. We must this week reflect on the sanctity of human life and the right to life as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic."
-- South African President Jacob Zuma announcing a week of national mourning, following the police shooting at the Marikana platinum mine that left 34 dead.
South African President Jacob Zuma. ©AFP
"All that we want is a little 'breathing space' to revive the economy quickly and raise state income. More time does not automatically mean more money."
-- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras calling for more time to make spending cuts and reforms required to unlock funds from international credits.
Greece's prime minister Antonis Samaras. ©AFP
"He often sails close to the wind for a royal -- but he's 27, single and a soldier.
-- Britain's Sun newspaper commenting in a statement on its decision to run nude photographs of Prince Harry despite being asked not to by the royal family.
Britain's Prince Harry. ©REUTERS