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‘Why don’t you shut up?’

JUAN CARLOS I, King of Spain, to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, after Chávez called former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar a “fascist” during a summit in Chile

‘This has changed our reality.’

DILMA ROUSSEFF, chief of staff for Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on the discovery of huge oil reserves off the nation’s coast that could turn Brazil into one of the world’s biggest oil producers

‘You can’t just keep rolling over us like this.’

BARBARA BOXER, U.S. Senator, after Congress dealt President Bush the first veto override of his Administration, on a $23.2 billion water-resources bill

‘My name’s Frank Gehry, and my buildings don’t leak.’

FRANK GEHRY, architect of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, referring to the lawsuit recently filed against him by MIT, which says his flawed design of the school’s $300 million Stata Center caused mold, leaks and drainage problems

‘In this increasingly independent world in which we live … we have an obligation to explore areas of convergence.’

MANMOHAN SINGH, Prime Minister of India, announcing a joint plan with Russia to launch an unmanned mission to the moon

‘I don’t care if they would have [taken] my pay for the rest of the year. I was going home.’

TROY WILLIAMSON, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, on being docked $25,588–one paycheck–for missing a Nov. 4 game to attend his grandmother’s funeral. On Nov. 10, the team announced it would give the money back

Sources: AP (2); New York Times; New York; AFP; ESPN

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