Perspectives

"Mexico is our friend."

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to ease recent U.S.-Mexico tensions over immigration

"This is what we have. We cannot talk about dreams."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on building a Palestinian state around the areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War

"I think this is about a country that just has trouble making up its mind."

U.S. envoy Christopher Hill, on North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the difficulty in making progress in the six-nation disarmament talks

"I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner, you know."

U.S. President George W. Bush , at a news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Bush said he regretted telling Iraqi insurgents to "Bring 'em on" and saying "Wanted, dead or alive" about Osama bin Laden.

"As furniture was falling, concrete chunks started falling from my hotel room as people were running out in panic in their bed clothes."

Brook Weisman-Ross, regional disaster coordinator for the charity Plan International in Java, describing an earthquake that left thousands dead or homeless over the weekend

"Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain."

Sir Edmund Hillary, on the death of David Sharp, who perished on Mount Everest on May 15 after he ran out of oxygen and was neglected by dozens of other climbers who passed by on their way to the summit

"I don't think Jesus would be mad at me."

Madonna, defending her staging of a mock crucifixion during a recent concert

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