Perspectives

"We have just begun to fight."

Attorney Daniel Petrocelli, reacting to the conviction of his client, ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, on fraud and conspiracy charges

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

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.

"The No. 5 is special to me, but with the proceeds from the jersey sales I was also trying to do something special."

Reggie Bush, on the NFL's refusal of his appeal to wear No. 5, his number at USC, for the New Orleans Saints. (Running backs are required to wear numbers between 20 and 49.) He says he will still donate 25 percent of his cut of jersey sales to New Orleans recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

"I hate that guy."

Baseball fan Tyler Snyder, after catching Barry Bonds's 714th home run. The 19-year-old said he will sell the ball.

"He was our Kennedy."

Texas House Rep. Richard Raymond, after the death of former senator Lloyd Bentsen. Bentsen famously told opponent Dan Quayle he was "no Jack Kennedy." Bentsen died on May 23.

"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

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

Madonna, defending the mock crucifixion in her touring concert. She says the crucifixion is part of an appeal to donate to AIDS charities.

"Stars do fall on Alabama."

Taylor Hicks, who's from Birmingham, Ala., on being crowned the fifth "American Idol"

"They wanted to see me in a different light."

Janet Jackson, on the 60 pounds she says she gained for a role in the movie "Tennessee." Jackson says the film ultimately did not fit into her schedule.

Reader Marta Caminero-Santangelo of Lawrence, Kans., submitted this quote:

"There's no transition and it's not your country." Organization of American States Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza, on President George W. Bush's creation of the U.S. office of the Cuba transition assistance coordinator

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