Quotes of the week August 26- September 104 september 2012, 14:23
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
LET 'EM GO
"When somebody does not do the job, you've gotta let them go."
-- Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood, drawing a finger sharply across his throat in a surreal conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair at the Republican convention on Thursday.
Actor-director Clint Eastwood. ©AFP
"This seat's taken."
-- Obama gets in on Clint's act in a tweet to his 19 million followers.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
"It's a great honor, it's an even greater responsibility, and tonight I am asking you to walk with me to a better future."
-- Mitt Romney accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday.
Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"It doesn't seem extreme to me to want to have more fuel-efficient cars. Maybe the steam engine is more his speed."
-- Obama mocks Romney for casting his own energy views as extreme in Charlottesville, Virginia on Wednesday.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
"Tonight I want to talk to you about love."
-- Romney's wife Ann adressing a packed convention center for the Republican presidential nomination in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney. ©AFP
"We saw Indonesian boats circling around for four or five hours and we kept shouting 'Help! Help!' but they didn't see us. If only they had come, more of us would have been saved."
-- Muhammad Ali, 53, who spent over 24 hours in the ocean off Indonesia after a boat carrying about 150 asylum-seekers sank off the coast of Australia. Fifty-four people have been rescued.
SOLIDARITY AGAINST OPPRESSION
"Our solidarity with the struggle of Syrians against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty, and a political and strategic necessity."
-- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi slamming the Syrian regime in an address to the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi. ©AFP
"We've tried to make some homemade rockets, but honestly most of them have blown up in our faces."
-- Syrian rebel Alaa Saadeddin, a defected pilot, bemoaning the lack of weapons in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
Syrian rebels taking position during clashes with Syrian regime forces. ©AFP
"A tombstone is a luxury that we offer in peacetime, not wartime."
-- Jihad Jano, a resident of Old Damascus, referring to the fact that so many people are being killed in Syria's civil war that tombstones are no longer easily available.
"It is like keeping the United States out of any political effort to peacefully resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict."
-- Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Shara, criticising world powers for keeping Iran out of global efforts to end the Syrian crisis.
"It's like playing football, but because nobody scores, you change the rules to let people use their hands -- fine, but don't call it football."
-- A diplomat with experience in advising countries on running elections, on the politicisation of Iraq's election commission.
"I say let us deal with them when they come back from work."
-- Marikana mine worker Sandiso Mpumlwana warning of reprisals against miners who go back to work, following violence that left 44 dead.
Striking Lonmin mine workers. ©AFP
"Prepare to be inspired; prepare to be dazzled; prepare to be moved by the Paralympic Games of London 2012."
-- London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe at the opening of the London Paralympics, with competitors from a record 165 nations taking part.
London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Sebastian Coe. ©AFP
SHAME ON UKRAINE
"This shameful decision once again proves that a dictatorship has settled over Ukraine."
-- The daughter of Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko, Yevgenia Tymoshenko, after the appeals court rejected a bid by the former premier to overturn her conviction.
The daughter of jailed opposition leader and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yevgenia Tymoshenko. ©AFP
IMPACT OF FRAUD
"Unlike in 2008, we can monitor the vote, and we will do everything to minimise the impact of fraud."
-- Liberty Chikaya, the provincial secretary and Unita opposition party member in Huambo, on whether elections in Angola will be fair.
GET TO WORK!
"There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire... If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself -- spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working."
-- The world's richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart.
THOSE WHO FORGET HISTORY...
"It was only when the store opened I learnt Hitler had killed six million people."
-- The owner of an Indian clothing store named "Hitler", Rajesh Shah, insists he will only change the name if he is compensated for re-branding costs.
One of the two Indian owners of the Hitler clothing store - Rajesh Shah. ©AFP
FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH
"Fortune favoured me when the crocodile let go after I punched it in the eye."
-- Indonesian labourer Pai, who like many of his countrymen goes by one name, after fighting off a crocodile that bit him on the buttocks while he was going to the toilet in a river in Malaysian Borneo.