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July 2012
QUOTA OF QUOTES “This country is about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I believe every individual has the right to lead a life as they choose.”

Dr. Hari Trivedi, declaring his support for gay marriage in a YouTube response to the Wisconsin gubernatorial debate. Trivedi ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for governor in last month’s recall election.  










“Oh sorry, I’m looking at the wrong girl.”

–ESPN’s Samantha Steele, intending to interview newly crowned Scripps Spelling Bee champion Snigdha Nandipati, but looking at runner-up Stuti Mishra. Steele later tweeted that she knew both girls, but just turned the wrong way.










“ The people of this district have not seen a Republican like me on the ballot in quite some time, if at all.”

Ricky Gill, 25, who is running for Congress from California’s 11th congressional district and has raised nearly $1.4 million, about $200,000 more than Rep. Jerry McNerney, the incumbent he will face in November’s election. (NPR)








“ Usually the question of what inspired a book, which authors get asked all the time, is very hard to answer, but this time it’s very easy. It was Guyana—something about it made me feel I wanted to capture the spirit of the place.”

–Delhi-based journalist Rahul Bhattacharya, who spent a year in the South American country before writing his novel The Sly Company of People Who Care, which won the Ondaatje Prize, a £10,000 award given for a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry which evokes the “spirit of a place.” (The Guardian)








“ I heard this jury say ‘guilty’ 288 times–24 questions, 12 jurors. That’s the multiplication. I haven’t heard you apologize once.”

Judge Glenn Berman of Middlesex County, New Jersey, who sentenced Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail for spying on his roommate kissing another man. Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, later committed suicide. (IANS)








“Anything I say now would sound rehearsed and empty, and nothing I say is going to make people hate me any less.”

Dharun Ravi, explaining before his sentencing why he didn’t apologize. (Newark Star-Ledger)








Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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