"The level of devastation, both financial and on a human level, is astounding." -- Robert J. Ivanhoe, a lawyer representing investors in the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.
"We were worried that some of the young people were being groomed by the more criminal element and pressured by their peers." -- The Association of Chief Police Officers on the prevalence of gangs using social networks to recruit new members.
"It's rather embarrassing when somebody steals my credit cards." -- Visa CEO Joseph Saunders told conference attendees in New York about losing his wallet.
"... as president I couldn't allow us to keep paying a debt that was obviously immoral and illegitimate." -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on why his country will default on billions of foreign debt.
"I just can't stand the thought of them doing away with Saturn." -- Proud Saturn owner Dianne Pollard said on General Motors' plan to do away with the car line.
"I'm embarrassed. I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I'm still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, 'How did I let this happen again?'" -- Oprah on her weight gain.
"While we're still the U.S. sales leader, we acknowledge we have disappointed you. At times we violated your trust by letting our quality fall below industry standards and our designs became lackluster." -- US automaker GM wrote in an ad.
"...we not only saved the world, er, saved the banks and led the way...," -- Great Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown said before the House of Commons before being drowned out by laughter.
"The Shaolin take-over is just a way of using its fame to cheat more kind people out of their money." -- a poster vented on Sohu.com about the Shaolin Temple taking over management of four Buddhist temples in southwest China.
"No matter how bad the crisis gets, parents in Europe and America will still buy toys as Christmas comes." -- Guo Zhenxi, head of China Central Television's economic channel.