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Quotes of the week October 14-20

22 october 2012, 18:01
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Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:

BE PREPARED

"I respect them but I'm ready. When I go into a room I'm always going through it in my mind what to do, use this one as a shield, shoot that one..."

-- A US civilian police trainer in Afghanistan, where 50 foreigners have been killed by their Afghan colleagues this year in insider attacks.

WON'T KNOW WHAT'S LOST 'TIL IT'S GONE

"The cost of inaction is something that people have only just begun to appreciate."

-- UN Environment Programme executive director Achim Steiner during a environment ministers' meeting in India, as a global study said 20,219 species were at risk of dying out.

A TRIFLING SUM

"I believe Salman Khurshid could not have embezzled 71 lakh (7.1 million rupees). It is a very small amount for a central minister."

-- Indian Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma defends a colleague accused of siphoning off $134,000.

MONSTER WAVE

"You are upside down, smashing around inside the boat, it is filling up with water. I don't think there is anyone who wouldn't be concerned."

-- Australian yachtsman Glenn Ey describes the moment a massive wave crashed into his boat; he spent five days adrift in the ocean before being rescued.

Sailor Glenn Ey. ©AFP PHOTO / NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE

Sailor Glenn Ey. ©AFP PHOTO / NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE

HARD TO STOMACH

"Doctors were astonished to see such a big item taken out of the patient's body."

-- Yao Liqing, spokesman for Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai, after doctors removed a nine-inch dildo from the intestines of a 30-year-old Chinese man.

BOOM

"I didn't feel the sonic boom, I think it happens behind you."

-- Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner after his unprecedented feat becoming the first man to break the sound barrier in a record-shattering jump from the edge of space.

Felix Baumgartner of Austria (L) and Technical Project Director Art Thompson. ©AFP PHOTO / www.redbullcontentpool.com / JOERG MITTER

Felix Baumgartner of Austria (L) and Technical Project Director Art Thompson. ©AFP PHOTO / www.redbullcontentpool.com / JOERG MITTER

BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN

"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

-- An off-the-cuff comment by US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney about women job applicants that went viral online, during his debate against Barack Obama.

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ©AFP

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ©AFP

PENSIONS

"I don't look at my pension. It's not as big as yours. I don't check it that often. Give me advice".

-- US President Barack Obama lashing back at his republican rival Mitt Romney during their televised debate.

US President Barack Obama. ©AFP

US President Barack Obama. ©AFP

SLIPPERY ROAD TO GREECE

"We've gone from $10 trillion of national debt to $16 trillion of national debt. If the president were re-elected, we'd go to almost $20 trillion of national debt. This puts us on a road to Greece."

-- White House challenger Mitt Romney taking on Barack Obama's economic policies during their second of three head-to-head debates in the run-up to the November 6 presidential election.

INSULT

"The suggestion that anybody on my team, whether it's a secretary of state, our UN ambassador, anybody on my team, would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive."

-- US President Barack Obama fighting back at accusations from Republicans over what happened before and during the deadly assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

THE GREAT UNRAVELLING

"The president's policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour, and he pursued a strategy of leading from behind, and this strategy is unravelling before our very eyes."

-- US White House challenger Mitt Romney denouncing President's Barack Obama foreign policy during their televised debate.

THROWN IN THE SEA

"The president can take someone and throw him under the sea under the name of national security."

-- Self-declared 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed delivering a scathing anti-American diatribe at a military tribunal.

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. ©AFP PHOTO / JANET HAMLIN/POOL

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. ©AFP PHOTO / JANET HAMLIN/POOL

HOLIDAY TRUCE

"The Syrian people, on both sides, are burying some 100 people a day... Can we not ask that this toll falls for this holiday? This will not be a happy holiday for the Syrians, but we should at least strive to make it less sad."

-- Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urging a four-day truce in Syria for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on October 26.

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. ©AFP

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. ©AFP

WEAK KNEES

"Their real objective is (forcing) the Iranian nation to surrender to their bullying at the negotiating table... (but) you are too weak to bring Iran to its knees."

-- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the European Union toughened sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme.

MEMORIES OF KADHAFI

"Things were definitely better before. There were no guns and gangs. Sirte under Kadhafi was the safest city and we could go out at night."

-- Libyan housewife Um Mohammed speaking in Sirte, hometown of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, a year after he died there.

WOMEN IN LAW

"This is a decision we have awaited for a long time. We launched a campaign in 2011 to be able to plead in court and it is good that the campaign has borne fruit."

-- Saudi recent law graduate Mona Belabid commenting after the justice ministry decreed that women lawyers in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom will be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month.

PAYING ATTENTION

"When I go to class this morning my students will pay more attention."

-- US professor Alvin Roth commenting on winning the 2012 Nobel Economics Prize.

Stanford visiting professor Alvin Roth. ©AFP

Stanford visiting professor Alvin Roth. ©AFP

MILD AND TOLERANT WAR CRIMINAL

"I am a mild man, a tolerant man, with a great capacity for understanding others."

-- Indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic opening his defence before the UN war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. ©AFP

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. ©AFP

HATING THE RICH

"Hollande hates the rich. It's disastrous. He wants to punish them and obviously they go away.. and nobody invests ... Outside fashion, jewellery, perfume and wine France is not competitive."

-- Designer Karl Lagerfeld in the Spanish edition of the magazine "Marie Claire".

A BALANCED COUPLE

"Simply put, for a couple to work, it must be balanced. It's like with my wife -- we talk, and we agree. And it is also the same with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel and (French President Francois) Hollande."

-- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, denying there was a crisis in Franco-German relations in spite of repeated disagreements between the leaders.

French President Francois Hollande (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©AFP

French President Francois Hollande (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©AFP

NO LIMITS

"With the murder of a lawyer you move on to another stage: there are no limits, it is something exceptional."

-- Corsican lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve on the murder of his colleague Antoine Sollacaro on the crime-ridden island.

POLICE

"You really wonder why there are so many policemen in Corsica."

-- Widow of murdered Corsican lawyer Antoine at the scene of the crime in Ajaccio

NOT FUNNY

"Is it black humour?"

-- French Communist Party secretary general Pierre Laurent on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

The European Union flag fly amongst European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament. ©AFP

The European Union flag fly amongst European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament. ©AFP

Source: AFP


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