*** "HOW MANY TIMES should you repeat the same
promises for people and hold conferences and meetings ... snubbing their
problems and inflicting high costs of your foreign trips and luxurious
life on people?"
(Open letter written by the most important pro-reform
Iranian cleric, Grand Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri, to the 'patient'
people of Iran. He resigned from his post as Friday leader of the
central city of Isfahan in protest against the 'regrettable' political
*** "I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED to invent something
which helps people and makes life easier for farmers. A lawnmower, for
(Eighty-two-year-old inventor of assault rifle, which
bears his name Mikhail 'Kalashinkov', saying that though he is proud of
the weapon he wished he'd designed something to help people)
*** "ISRAEL'S GOVERNMENT must take
responsibility for this atrocity and do everything to prevent its air
force doing this kind of thing in the future... I am also appalled and
ashamed of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's cold-hearted response to it,
stating that it was 'one of our greatest successes'."
(Letter written by Noreen O'Carroll, press officer at
the Israeli embassy in Dublin, Ireland, to newspapers strongly
condemning Israel's deadly air strike on civilian population in Gaza
City. The letter earned her a suspension)
*** "WOMEN ON THE SCENE had their hands tied
behind their backs by the US forces."
(A draft UN report accusing US troops of cover-up of
civilian casualties caused by bombings of a wedding party saying that
coalition forces had arrived on the scene very quickly to 'remove the
evidence of shrapnel, bullets and traces of blood')
*** "WHAT ABOUT the security forces? Are they
being paid? Are they being fed? No."
(Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah warning
that his country could slide back into chaos if world nations continue
to hold billions they announced in aid to the war-devastated country)
*** "SEVERAL TIMES. They have asked me to run
for the House and the Senate, but I've always managed to keep my virtue
intact. I mean, who wants to hang out with those kind of people?"
(US novelist Tom Clancy replying to a question that
if he ever been tempted to run for the office?)
*** "HONEST, HARD WORK is an option, even in
(Owner of the first 'anti-Mafia' restaurant in
Sicilian capital of Palermo, the birthplace of infamous criminal
*** "THERE IS NO MORE CULTURE in the Arab world.
It's finished... we are a part of Western culture, but only as
consumers, not as creators...What strikes me about the States is the
richness of American society on the one hand, and on the other the
smallness of its foreign policy."
(Ali Ahmad Said, better known as Adonis, widely
considered the Arab world's greatest living poet, commenting on the top
inherent weakness of Arabs and the Americans)
*** "MY FATHER lived in his brain while my
mother lives in her heart... My mother was really the one who spoiled
us. (But) she was a very real person."
(Son of late Philippines strongman and Governor of
one of the country's province, Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, saying that
he considers his disgraced mother Imelda Marcos 'the best politician he
*** "NO PEOPLE HURT, just three million
(Spokeswoman for Britain's Lancashire Fire and Rescue
brigade commenting on a fire at a huge hatchery)
*** "YOU'LL HAVE A PALACE in heaven. I'll only
have an apartment,"
(Consolation offered by a character of a rich
minister to a poverty-stricken commoner in a satirical Syrian play
lampooning rampant corruption in the country)
*** "I CAN SEND HOME not only minister... but
also the entire cabinet, including the prime minister."
(Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga angrily
reacting to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's refusal to sack a
minister who alleged during a cabinet meeting that she 'brought bombs to
kill the prime minister, the cabinet ministers and herself')