Verbatim

'I never considered myself a maverick.'

JOHN MCCAIN, rejecting a label on which he campaigned for the presidency in 2008

'He is not of this planet.'

OSVALDO ARDILES, 1970s Argentine soccer star, describing his countryman Lionel Messi, a 22-year-old phenom who plays for Barcelona and scored four goals in an April 6 game

'American politicians are like cowboys. Whenever they have legal shortcomings, their hands go to their guns.'

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, Iranian President, responding to a new U.S. policy that could mark Iran as a potential nuclear target

'On the pier, I wasn't seeing anything. I could see...

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