"They are upping the ante."
Han Sung Joo, former South Korean foreign minister, on North Korea's pulling out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
"I hope Saint Peter is prepared for the kinds of questions that nearly a dozen presidents had to face." Former president Bill Clinton, on the death of Sarah McClendon, the nation's longest-serving White House reporter, who grilled presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt through George W. Bush
"She can do anything better than you." AmIAnnoying.com, on why the 1.4 million voters on its site chose embattled domestic goddess and businesswoman Martha Stewart as their most annoying person of 2002
"There's no question that the hype is true: this is an early-morning administration. People don't stay out to all hours, even the twentysomethings." Edward McNally, general counsel in the White House Office of Homeland Security, on the social scene among the current administration
"We have not found any smoking guns." U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, on his findings during the past two months in Iraq
"By God, do not prevent new Muslim souls from taking part in the Jihad... which consists of killing all Americans, just like they kill us all." Excerpt from a new letter purportedly written by senior Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri to Montasser el-Zayat, a lawyer for an Egyptian Islamic group, who suggested that Al Qaeda should end its campaign against Americans
"I still have some faith in the system that eventually these men would have received justice in our courts, but the old adage is true: justice delayed is justice denied." Illinois Gov. George Ryan, on pardoning death-row inmates who insist their confessions were tortured out of them by Chicago police
"To my understanding, my character is not off the show. He's still talked about, he's on a business trip." Former "All My Children" star Michael Nader, who is suing ABC to get his job back after he left the show for two years to recover from a drug addiction
"I think in a way we're finding ourselves going back full circle to the 1950s." Producer Michael Davies, on a new variety show, set to premiere this summer, that will have no commercial breaks. The show will highlight advertisers in various other ways, like putting singers on a set dominated by a logo or building comedy routines around a product.
"Oops! I knew that was going to happen. I knew I was going to pronounce someone's name wrong." Eighteen-year-old Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, on mispronouncing veteran rock star David Bowie's name (it rhymes with "doughy," not "Howie") while announcing the Grammy nominees for best male rock vocal performance