"Good evening, Mr. Bond." — Queen Elizabeth II to actor Daniel Craig, in character as 007, as the monarch starred in a short movie filmed in Buckingham Palace that was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.
"This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line." — Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, after a U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade failed when member states failed to reach an agreement.
"Talk is cheap. While there's some euphoria over this, at the end of the day is Spain going to still be in a recession? Yes. Is Greece still going to be in a recession? Yes. So I wouldn't get too carried away." — Michael Strauss, chief investment strategist and chief economist at the Commonfund investment firm, after European leaders pledged to protect the union of 17 countries that use the euro.