"I took a city that was known for pornography and licked it to a large extent."
Rudy Giuliani , touting his achievements as mayor of New York while campaigning for president in New Hampshire

"They all said they would help us. But all they did was blah, blah, blah."
A 58-year-old Burmese man, speaking on condition of anonymity, on statements by the United Nations and other countries that condemned the ruling junta's violent crackdown

"I would say it was an appointment with destiny."
Elizabeth Gibson, on learning that the painting she had picked off a New York trash pile was a stolen work by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, which could fetch $1 million at auction this November

"Falling in love can blind us to an extent."
"Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling, on the revelation that her character Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts school, is gay

"Poland has already fulfilled its obligations to America in Iraq 400 percent."
Bronislaw Komorowski , a deputy in Poland's new majority Civic Platform Party, which advocates closer ties with the EU rather than with the United States

"You couldn't make it a five-times-a-year thing. I don't think it would work. Once a year, there's curiosity. But outside of that?"
New York Giants player Lawrence Tynes, on the NFL's attempt to market American football internationally by playing a game in London last weekend