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Memorable things they said

Issue: "The yoot vote," Aug. 4, 2007

"Enough thinking, already. Roll up your sleeves."

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, urging French citizens to kick their "old national habit" of spending time pondering philosophy and instead work more.

"My guess is he'll throw in the towel in frustration in about a year."

Israeli analyst Yossi Alpher on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his new job as Mideast peace envoy, which he began last week.

"A bit like the Beatles' first visit to the U.S."

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Scholastic president Lisa Holton on "the excitement, anticipation and just plain hysteria" surrounding the July 22 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book sold more than 8.3 million copies in the United States during its first 24 hours on shelves.

"Comparable to killing a human being."

Mark Hoskins, attorney for the Hindu monks of the Skanda Vale Community in Llanpumsaint, west Wales, on legal efforts by Welsh authorities to have Shambo, their temple bull, killed because he tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.


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