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.


“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.


“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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