Quotations in the news


“We view the U.S.-led coalition with respect and stand ready to cooperate with it. We believe that we would better create a single, united coalition as it would be easier, simpler and more efficient to coordinate our work that way.” — Russian President Vladimir Putin after he and French counterpart Francois Hollande agreed to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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“This is my first time shopping on Thanksgiving. I want the deals. You have to come the first day. If we come back tomorrow, you can maybe get the same price — if you’re here at 6 a.m. I’m not going to get up that early. I’d rather sleep.” — Maria Garcia-Chavez of Denver, who stood in line in the snow with her family to get into J.C. Penney the day before Black Friday.

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“I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, ‘All right, let’s do this’ and he took off. It was chaotic. Everyone around us was yelling and kids were crying. It was pretty unexpected.” — Victoria Pena of Houston, who witnessed a man draped in an American flag climbing over the fence at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.

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“People have a right to be angry. People have a right to protest. People have a right to free speech. But they do not have a right to … criminal acts.” — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, appealing for calm moments before the release of a dash-cam video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year.

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“It’s because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for president.” — President Barack Obama, presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays

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“If these dramatic measures continue in Brussels, we will be doing the terrorists’ job for them. The government may be unintentionally contributing to the atmosphere of fear.” — Frank Foley, a terrorism expert and lecturer in war studies at King’s College London, on the Belgian security operation, which has virtually shut down the city.

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“Everyone agrees that Canada must do more and must welcome 25,000 refugees.” — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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“There isn’t anybody that I’ve talked to in the music business who hasn’t been astonished by these numbers.” — Dave Bakula, senior vice president for industry insights at Nielsen Music, on Adele’s new album “25,” which has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States alone during its first three days on the market.

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