Quotes of the week September 2-810 september 2012, 18:13
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"He was our father and God's messiah. His body was custom-made by God so we believed he would live until 100."
-- Bo Hi Pak, an aide of Sun Myung Moon, the self-styled messiah from South Korea who founded the Unification Church and died Monday aged 92.
Bo Hi Pak. ©AFP
"The man's life could be in danger if the pointed end of the diamond tears his guts."
-- Police spokesman Ajith Rohana explains why a Chinese man arrested for attempted theft after swallowing a diamond worth nearly $14,000 at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka needed surgery to remove the stone.
"We must take more drastic measures such as physical castration in order to stem mounting sex crimes."
-- Park In-Sook, one of 20 South Korean MPs behind a bill that would allow for the castration of repeat sex offenders.
"There is tremendous pressure from the government and the Jewish community to drop the name."
-- Manish Chandani, co-owner of an Indian store called "Hitler", agrees to ditch the Nazi dictator's name and re-brand his shop.
"It's been four years, you've changed. Your spending is out of control. You're constantly on the golf course, and you're always out with celebrities. You think I didn't see you with Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney?"
-- Dialogue in a new Republican television and web ad called "The Breakup," in which a woman -- portrayed by Republican National Committee director for Hispanic outreach, Bettina Inclan -- ends her infatuation with President Barack Obama.
"If Mitt was Santa Claus, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves."
-- Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland hits republican candidate Mitt Romney on the first night of the Democratic convention in Charlotte Tuesday.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. ©AFP
BARACK AND HILLARY
"Heck, he even appointed Hillary!"
-- Former president Bill Clinton praises his successor Barack Obama's record of embracing his former foes, before the Democratic convention Wednesday in Charlotte.
The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton. ©AFP
"The stagnation of the labor market in particular is a grave concern."
-- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke voicing deep anxiety at the level of joblessness and long-term unemployment in the US economy.
"Hadi would say what people wanted to say but couldn't -- they didn't have his courage. His programme was the kind of work that makes enemies. Whenever I read his comments, I would tell him he was writing a suicide note."
Karnas Ali, technical director of the Demozy radio station where Iraqi journalist Hadi al-Mehdi, a prominent government critic, worked before he was shot dead in central Baghdad on September 8, 2011.
"Leaders come and go, but Iraq will always belong to the Iraqis."
Abbas Gharib, who is charged with designing a new 21-metre (65-foot) work of art at Baghdad's Firdos Square, previously the site of a massive bronze statue of Saddam Hussein that was pulled down in an iconic moment in April 2003.
Iraqi artist Abbas Gharib. ©AFP
"I saw her at the Coneta school first aid point. From first sight, I loved her. Then I got shot in my leg and she was cleaning my wounds everyday and, day by day, I know her better and love her more."
Rebel sniper Abu Khaled who fell in love with and married nurse Hanan in Syria's second city Aleppo at the heart of a bloody conflict with government forces.
"It was clearly an act of extreme savagery and it was obvious that whoever did this wanted to kill."
-- French prosecutor Eric Maillaud commenting on the brutal murder of four people, three of them from a British family who were all shot in the head in the Haute-Savoie region.
French Annecy's prosecutor Eric Maillaud. ©AFP
WHATEVER IT TAKES
"We will do whatever it takes".
-- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi unveiling a new bond-buying scheme to help ease the eurozone crisis.
President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi. ©AFP
"But never one to be shy in coming forward, I'll give it a go."
-- Britain's Prince Harry at a London awards ceremony for seriously ill youngsters, making light of his exploits after naked photographs of him surfaced on the internet.
Britain's Prince Harry. ©AFP
"It is amazing how the birds get used to it. They do not fear the hang-glider and they overtook it. They are amazing. It's a very good feeling."
-- Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with state television afer he flew a hang-glider above Siberia to guide endangered birds on their winter migration path.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. ©AFP
RUSSIA DA, PUTIN NYET
"I love Russia but I hate Putin," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the three members of punk band Pussy Riot jailed last month for a protest in a Russian cathedral.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. ©REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov