Quotes of the week September 30 - October 608 october 2012, 16:55
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"I feel guilty for having betrayed the trust put in me by the Holy Father, whom I love like a son."
-- Pope Benedict XVI's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, testifying in court at his trial on charges of theft of secret Vatican memos revealing intrigue and fraud allegations.
Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (L). ©AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO
"The Greek economy awaits this money like parched earth awaits the rain."
-- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras commenting in an interview with To Vima newspaper on his country's need of fresh bailout funds.
Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. ©AFP
"They were calling out names of their targets in each house they entered, and once the target identified himself, he would be shot dead."
-- Nigerian police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim on the massacre of at least 40 people at a college in Mubi, northeast Nigeria.
"It was a mistake that I regret.... I had not yet realised that I was no longer a simple citizen. It won't happen again.
-- French President Francois Hollande's companion Valerie Trierweiler commenting on her June tweet wishing good luck to an electoral opponent of Segolene Royal, Hollande's ex-partner and mother of their four children"
French President Francois Hollande's partner Valerie Trierweiler. ©AFP
LOVE AND WAR
"I still love her but her family doesn't want to hear about a revolutionary."
-- Syrian rebel fighter Adnan, explaining how the pro-regime family of his fiancee broke off their engagement because he took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
BEGGING BOWL POLICY
"The problem is that so far Morsi has no clear economic policy except to borrow money from the outside."
-- Khalil al-Anani, Middle East expert at Britain's Durham University, assessing the performance of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during his first 100 days in office.
WELCOME TO HELL
"We heard two enormous explosions, as though the gates of hell were opening."
-- Hassan, an employee of a hotel in Aleppo, after two car bombs went off in quick succession around the city's Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, among explosions in the city that left dozens dead.
HEADS IN THE SAND
"Even the Iraqi journalists have become like ostriches that bury their heads in the sand and see nothing."
-- Ibrahim al-Sumaidaie, an Iraqi political analyst, on the apparent silence of the country's politicians and media over continuing nationwide attacks and violence.
SECURITY DOWN THE TOILET
"What do I say about the security measures? Shit."
-- Firas Dawood, the owner of a shop in central Baghdad, after a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least 33 people on September 30.
"Nobody had a clue what we had hit. There was complete panic. Nobody explained anything... The boat was tilting to the side."
-- Hong Kong resident Clare Kirkman, describing scenes of panic and confusion after two boats collided, killing 38 people in the city's worst maritime disaster in decades.
A fireman inspects the back end of the badly damaged Lamma IV passenger boat after a collision. ©AFP
"I'm mad as hell about them. We're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it."
-- ISAF commander General John Allen on growing "insider" attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, which he described as "the signature attack" of the 11-year war.
"The implementation of the law will take back our citizens to the Dark Ages."
-- Teofisto Guingona, a Philippine Senator, on a new cybercrime law in the country that critics say has imposed dictator-style monitoring and policing of the Internet.
"I am secretly praying for a blackout... so that I can get some peace and quiet."
-- Gigi Chao, a gay Hong Kong woman, as proposals began pouring in from around the globe following a $65 million "marriage bounty" announced by her tycoon father for any man who can win her heart.
Gigi Chao (R), the daughter of Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung with her partner. ©AFP
JUSTICE ON FACEBOOK
"It's not for Facebook... to be taking justice into their own hands."
-- Ken Lay, police commissioner for Australia's Victoria state, urging Facebook to take down a page containing offensive material about a man accused of murdering an Irish woman, saying it may prejudice his trial.
"If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life."
-- Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg making the announcement that the social network has more than a billion users.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ©AFP
"Mr. President, you are entitled to your own airplane, your own house as president, but not to your own facts."
-- US Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacking Barack Obama during their first televised debate in Denver, Colorado.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. ©AFP
"The president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years ago: that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more -- if you will trickle-down government -- would work."
-- Republican White House candidate Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate against President Barack Obama in Denver, Colorado.
"I want to wish you happy anniversary, and a year from now, we won't celebrate it in front of 40 million people."
-- US President Barack Obama addressing his wife Michelle during his debate against Mitt Romney, and referring to their 20th wedding anniversary which fell on the same date.
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
NO REST FREEZE FRAME
"There are continuing questions about what exactly happened in Benghazi on that night three weeks ago and we will not rest until we answer those questions and until we track down the terrorists who killed our people."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowing to answer lingering questions about last month's deadly attack on a US mission in Libya.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ©AFP
World Food Programme Ambassador singer Christina Aguilera (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for a photo next to this year's McGovern Awards that were given to Aguilera and David Novak of Yum Brands, for their help fighting global hunger, on October 3, 2012, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.
Singer Christina Aguilera (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards