Quotations of the day

August 4, 2012 - 3:35 AM

"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.

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"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.

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"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.