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Issue: "Fighting fatalism," July 12, 2014

‘We are not resigned to the darkness of evil. We are not people of resignation or despair. Christians are the people of faith and hope.’

Orthodox bishop of Damascus, Syria, Jean Kawak, in an address to Pope Francis during a packed-out visit in Rome.

‘I find Pascal’s travel arrangements almost unbelievable.’

Richard Lancaster,  a volunteer for the environmental group Greenpeace, on the frequent air travel by Greenpeace International executive Pascal Husting. Husting began commuting 250 miles by airplane from Luxembourg to Amsterdam when he took a Greenpeace job in 2012 and currently makes the flight twice per month, even as a Greenpeace campaign seeks to restrict air travel in order to fight climate change.

‘She looks 11. She doesn’t talk 11. And she doesn’t hit the ball like she’s 11.’

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Golfer Catherine O’Donnell, after playing in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament with homeschooler Lucy Li. Eleven-year-old Li is the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.

‘These five days have been kind of rough.’

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Addison Reed on abruptly quitting smokeless tobacco. Reed trashed nine cans of tobacco when his former college coach, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, 54, died of oral cancer that was likely caused from a decades-long smokeless tobacco habit.

‘We’ll chalk that one up to naive, not perjury.’

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, regarding IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s assertion that the White House does not leak information to the press.

‘The answer is no.’

Jay Carney, outgoing White House press secretary, when asked if he ever lied to the media. Carney became the punch line of internet jokes and late night comedy for his frequent verbal acrobatics in defense of the administration.

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