"The smartphone is kind of a prosthetic head and pair of eyes. If Martians came to Earth, they would think everybody had this appendage they could extend when closely packed." — Author Edward Tenner on the prevalence of digital devices at the London Olympics and how it is changing the way we interact with the world.
"I loaded the kids up, grabbed my dogs, and it didn't even look like I had time to load the livestock, so I just got out of there. It looked to me that, if the wind shifted even a little bit, I would be in the path of that fire. It was just too close." — Resident Bo Ireland on wildfires in the Oklahoma City area that have burned dozens of homes, forced evacuations and closed a major interstate.
"The draft resolution will have no impact whatsoever. It is a piece of theater." — Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari after the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissent in hopes of stopping the country's civil war.