"Sometimes God tests you. I'm a fighter, and
I've come back before."
(JOHN KERRY, former US Democratic presidential
candidate, expressed the possibility of running for President again in
"The President is not going to trim his sails or
(COLIN POWELL, U.S. Secretary of State, while
disclosing President George W. Bush's plan to continue with his
aggressive foreign policy following his election victory)
"The Americans are mistaken if they think they
are going to end the resistance by occupying Fallujah."
(ABU KHALID, an Iraqi insurgent using a nom de
guerre, speaking to a reporter by phone from inside the city during last
week's attack by allied forces)
"Either you resolve it ... or you are just
inviting utter disgust and frustration that will lead to the mushrooming
of terrorist cells."
(ANWAR IBRAHIM, former Deputy Prime Minister of
Malaysia, criticizing Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra over the
ongoing violence in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand)
"Canada cannot be the drugstore of the United
(UJJAL DOSANJH, Canadian Health Minister, warning
that Americans sidestepping high prescription-drug costs at home by
buying their medicines over the border may strain his country's
"If I get a really good one that makes sense and
ties us together ... there's maybe some meat on that chicken."
(ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of California, on
accepting offers to star in Japanese TV commercials to help reopen his
cash-strapped state's Tokyo trade office)
"At the end of the day, we have to let the
masses decide whether they like Britney Spears or not."
(SAAD MOHSENI, director of Afghanistan's Tolo TV,
responding to a court order last week to shut down cable-television
stations in the country to halt the airing of salacious Bollywood films
and Western music videos)
"Shame on America, all their lectures on
democracy and human rights ... and then they show us what is really in
(LAILA HAMID, a Fallujah-born Baghdad secretary
"You have to get over your feelings and keep on
pushing, just for the simple reason that you have another 170 Marines to
take care of and make sure they come back."
(Company commander Captain Patrick Rapicault, talking
to his marines in Iraq)
"Women buy more new cars than men do. But many
could negotiate better for used."
(Times Magazine's survey about buying old or new cars
"How did you get your job? It is apparent to
most of us in broadcasting that your father got you your job. And yet I
really don't even think you're qualified to be the head of the
(HOWARD STERN, radio shock jock, in a surprise
call-in to a radio show at which Michael Powell, the Federal
Communications Commission chief, was a guest. Powell, and later his
father Colin, denied Stern's claim)
"It would be catastrophic. It would mean that
people who give $100 and who write it off their income taxes couldn't do
(JULIAN BOND, chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., on an IRS.)
"Congratulations, Mr. President."
(JOHN KERRY Democratic presidential candidate,
conceding defeat to President Bush in a telephone call)
"When you start a day like this in Jackson Hole,
it's going to be a good day."
(DICK CHENEY Vice President, after voting near his
home in Wyoming)
"I think I go into a monastery."
(GEORGE SOROS Philanthropist and Kerry supporter,
asked before the election what he would do if Bush won)
"Appoint Senator Kerry ambassador to
(DON IMUSRADIO TALKMEISTER, on what advice he would
give President Bush)
"The objective of securing the safety of
Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."
(JOHN ASHCROFT, Attorney General said in his
handwritten letter of resignation to President George W. Bush)
"I am not apologizing for being a gay American
but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision making
and for not having had the courage to be open about who I was."
(JAMES MCGREEVEY, former Governor of New Jersey, in
his resignation speech in Trenton last week)
"It is a pity it was used in other inadmissible
(MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, the Russian general who created
the world's first Kalashnikov rifle)