Quotations of the day

October 18, 2012 - 2:33 AM

"Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure. The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences." — Mary Galligan, acting head of the FBI's New York office in a statement after a Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan.

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"The Syrian people are burying hundreds of people each day, so if they bury fewer people during the days of the holiday, this could be the start of Syria's return from the dangerous situation that it ... is continuing to slip toward." — Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy to the Syrian conflict, calling on President Bashar Assad's regime to take the lead in implementing a cease-fire during a major Muslim holiday later this month.

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"This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship." — Cyclist Lance Armstrong in a statement after giving up the top spot at Livestrong, his beloved cancer-fighting charity, a week after an anti-doping agency released evidence of drug use by the seven-time Tour de France winner.