"America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands." — President Barack Obama in a second inaugural address that broke new ground by assigning gay rights a prominent place in the wider struggle for equality for all.
"I'm glad we were able to get some rescued, but we did lose three Americans. That just tells us that al-Qaida is committed to creating terror wherever they are and we've got to fight back." — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after three U.S. citizens were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria.
"We changed our whole lives to get organized for power cuts, but now we have no idea when the power will come or go." — Retired teacher Mariam Ghassan after the Syrian government blamed a rebel attack on a key power line for a blackout that hit Damascus and much of the country's south overnight.