"Somebody is making millions of dollars by selling oil and sending those ancient tankers to our shore, ready to sink at any minute. But they are not here to help with this mess, are they?"
-Alexander Gayduk, a farm worker who lives near the Kerch Strait where a Russian oil tanker split in two, dumping 2,000 tons of oil

"He should say, 'I, the king, confess, I was beside myself, I made a mistake'."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, demanding an apology from Spanish King Juan Carlos for telling him to shut up when he interrupted a speech by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

"The difference is that hedge funds don't make cars last time I checked."
Spokesperson for Porsche on the accusation that the luxury carmaker, which earns at least three times more from trading derivatives than it does from car sales, acts like a hedge fund

"Investors better go to the drugstore and get a neck brace."
Investment strategist Ed Yardeni, on the daily ups and downs of the "extremely emotional" stock market

Quotation sources, top to bottom: Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Financial Times, New York Times