JOHN MCCAIN, Republican Senator from Arizona, joking about what he would do if Democrats gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. "I don't want to face that eventuality," he added, "because I don't think it's going to happen"
"Why does he want to destroy me in my old age?"
ANTHONY MERCIECA, Catholic priest, 72, who last week admitted that he had an intimate two-year relationship with Mark Foley in the 1960s when the ex-Congressman was an altar boy in Florida
"Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say, 'That damn marijuana.'"
GENERAL RICK HILLIER, chief of the Canadian defense staff, quoting a Canadian soldier's comments to him on Afghanistan's wild cannabis forests, which are difficult to eradicate and also provide cover for insurgent Taliban fighters
"Rock music has come to a standstillit's not going forward anymore, it only bores me."
STING, singer, on why his new album Songs from the Labyrinth features only music by 16th century composer John Dowland
"Men should hold on to their position. Otherwise we are going to have matriarchy."
MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, ex-Soviet President, at the Women's World Awards, which honor women who further gender equality
"I have governed for love/ There is a lot more to do. I need more time/ I need your vote. Your vote for love."
HUGO CHAVEZ, Venezuelan President, appealing to voters in a "message of love for the people of my Venezuela" printed in newspapers ahead of December's presidential poll
"Some people think that I would be afraid of them, but I'm never afraid of an animal."
BINDI IRWIN, 8-year-old daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, on handling animals for her new show Bindi, the Jungle Girl, which premieres on the Discovery Kids network in early 2007