Quotes of the week October 21-2729 october 2012, 17:54
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
GOING, GOING, GONE
"It's more sane than doing it drunk at a party with a stranger... If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute."
-- Brazilian student Catarina Migliorini, 20, defends her decision to sell her virginity in an online auction to fund her studies. A Japanese man named only as Natsu placed the winning bid of $780,000.
"The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured... a merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning."
-- North Korea threatens the South over defectors' plans to scatter anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from balloons floated over the border. Seoul later banned the stunt.
South Korean activists release balloons carrying anti-North Korea leaflets. ©AFP
"The more tired we get, the more God will reward us."
-- Egyptian pilgrim after walking eight kilometres (five miles) between Mecca and Mina as part of the annual Muslim hajj in Saudi Arabia.
EID? WHAT EID?
"This year won't be like before. This year, there'll be no Eid in Syria."
-- Mohammed Aasi, who has a clothes shop in Syria's war-battered northern city of Aleppo, explaining that under-siege residents neither have the means nor the will to celebrate the annual Muslim holiday.
"These computers have reduced the planet to a village, and we want to live in this village."
-- Najwa Abdulridha, an Iraqi civil servant taking part in government-run classes to teach basic computer literacy.
"They used electric shocker devices to the extent of what we call 'electro torture' on some of the activists."
-- Gaby Lasky, lawyer for pro-Palestinian activists from a Gaza-bound boat intercepted by the Israeli navy, who accused troops of tasering them when they took over the vessel. Israel strongly denied the claim.
"We have seen many Haitian Americans achieve that American dream. Now, Haitians here in Haiti have the very same drive. And what we want to do is create the Haitian dream for every person willing to work for it, to give them and their children a better future".
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailing Haitian reconstruction since the massive 2010 earthquake.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ©AFP
"I think I'm a Republican of a more moderate mold (...). That's something of a dying breed I'm sorry to say."
-- Former US secretary of state Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsing President Barack Obama's bid for re-election.
GIFT FROM GOD
"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
-- Richard Mourdock, anti-abortion US Senate candidate from Indiana, whose remark caused a furore.
HORSES AND BAYONETS
"I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed".
-- Barack Obama mocking rival Mitt Romney's commander-in-chief credentials during their last debate.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©AFP
"It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that's the right word) before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom."
-- Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton's younger sister, writes about achieving stardom in a book to be released this month.
Pippa Middleton, the sister of Catherine Middleton. ©AFP
CRAZY AND WISE
"For the love of Italy one can do crazy and wise things. Eighteen years ago I came onto the scene, a mad move that did not lack wisdom: I now take a step back."
-- Italy's Silvio Berlusconi announcing that he will not run in elections next year.
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. ©AFP
"The book is as close to literature as Whiskas cat food is to gastronomy."
-- French weekly L'Express commenting on "Fifty Shades of Grey", the sado-masochistic romance that has shot to the top of the bestseller list.
FOR SO LONG
"These allegations do leave many institutions, perhaps particularly the BBC, with serious questions to answer -- I think, above all, how did he get away with this for so long?"
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to parliament on the child sex abuse scandal surrounding the late BBC television star Jimmy Savile.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. ©AFP
NO DOWNHILL SLIDE
"It is grossly incorrect to suggest that South Africa is on a downhill slide."
-- President Jacob Zuma reacting angrily to an issue of the Economist which described South Africa as a declining country crippled by a corrupt and incompetent leadership.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. ©AFP
WE'LL GIVE THEM WAR
"They want war, we'll give them war. This is why our brothers are joining us from all over."
-- Habib Ould Issouf, a top Islamist leader in northern Mali, on the arrival of foreign fighters as West African leaders finetune plans to send an international force to retake the north.