Perspectives

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"I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror."

Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales, announcing that he is writing a memoir about his tenure in the Bush administration

"We used to fight about who gets to keep the house. Now we fight about who gets stuck with the dead cow."

Matrimonial lawyer Gary Nickelson, explaining the effect of the economic recession on divorce settlements

"There is a 55-45 percent chance right now that disintegration will occur."

Igor Panarin, dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's diplomat academy, predicting the demise of the United States by 2010

"It pounds in everybody's conscience every day. Fifty years is something very hard to accept."

Cuban pro-Democracy activist Ramon Saol Sanchez, on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution

"In my dreams, Roma will always throw me an apple, but now I know it is only a dream."

Author Herman Rosenblat, whose Holocaust memoir was canceled by Berkley Books after he admitted to fabricating the origins of the book's central love story

"Have you ever heard of anyone being killed by a shoe?"

Dhiaa al-Saadi, lawyer for Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush, arguing that al-Zaidi should face the lighter charge of insulting a visiting head of state, which comes with a maximum two-year jail sentence, rather than assault against a foreign head of state, which could result in 15 years

"My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer. …