Perspectives: Quotes in the News

"In hindsight, maybe it wasn't the best decision."
Andrew Speaker, 31, of Atlanta, on his choice to board an international flight despite being diagnosed with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis

"It's nothing less than embarrassing that three of the world's biggest oil companies are calling for tougher measures than the White House."
David Doniger, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on President Bush's call for an international greenhouse-gases summit to set long-term emission-reduction goals

"It wasn't us who initiated a new round of arms race."
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on tests of Russian missiles with nuclear capabilities. Putin said he was responding to the U.S. military's plans to deploy new missile defense sites in ex-Soviet areas.

"Anyone on the Web for a while would have received one of Soloway's e-mails."
Anti-spam investigator John Reid, on the arrest of Robert Alan Soloway, known as the Spam King, who allegedly sent tens of millions of unsolicited e-mails

"Any time you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States."
A suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York's JFK airport, in an FBI wiretap transcript

"What we are seeing is a disturbing pattern on the part of the Iranians in efforts to harass these innocent people."
Tom Casey, a State Department spokesman, on three Iranian-Americans who have been detained in Iran in the past several weeks

"It's like the wound that was starting to heal has been cut open again."
Tina Allerellie, sister of one of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's patients, on the doctor's early release from prison. Kevorkian, 79, spent eight years behind bars after being convicted of second-degree murder.

"I wouldn't have taken it as a bomb threat, personally. However, you have to, I guess, take things seriously these days."
Veterinary technician Amy Tatreau, who works at a Boston-area strip mall that was evacuated after employees at a Bank of America branch mistook a distorted fax for a bomb threat

"I think it is actually normal for a young girl to go out after a huge divorce."
Britney Spears, explaining her recent stint in rehab

Reader Alice Chenault of Huntsville, Ala., submitted this quote:

"It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."
Jamison Stone, 11, of Pickensville, Ala., on the 1,051-pound pig he says he shot with a .50-caliber revolver. Jamison says he chased the nine-foot-long hog for three hours before finally killing it. (Some bloggers say photos of the pig look fabricated.)