Quotations of the day

“I’m happy we’re halfway through because if it were any longer I’d be destroyed.” — The Rev. Federico Lombardi, Pope Francis’ spokesman, on the 76-year-old pontiff’s breakneck pace during his trip to Brazil.

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“I don’t believe that it is. The people that I am working with don’t believe that it is. The point is that it’s behind me. I have worked through these things.” — New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, asked if his repeated sexting was an addiction.

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“We absolutely condemn all terrorism and all attempts to turn Syria into what it is not, a monotheistic or totalitarian state. But we need American direct support to save democracy in Syria and to lead the world to force Assad at last to stand down.” — Ahmad Al-Jarba, the leader of Syria’s Western-backed opposition group, urging the U.S. to quickly supply rebels with promised weapons.

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