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'He has deliberately destroyed education.' RAYMOND MAJONGWE, of the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe, after President Robert Mugabe canceled the rest of the school year, citing violence and hyperinflation

'This system was designed for plain vanilla loans, and we were trying to push chocolate sundaes through the gears.' MARC GOTT, former director in Fannie Mae's loan-servicing department, explaining the company's collapse

'I myself am not that happy. It's a noisy celebration.' TOSHIHIDE MASKAWA, Japanese scientist, on winning the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics

'It always comes down to a knife fight in a telephone booth.' CHRIS LEHANE, Democratic political consultant, on...