"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
Helen Keller, author, activist and lecturer
"It is a crime to conduct elections in this situation. The chain of authority in Ukraine is broken. It's at war with itself."
Dzerkalo Tyzhnya newspaper writer Yulia Mostova. Read the full story.
UN Dispatch: What does your iPod, cell phone, pager, and laptop have to do with the crisis in the Congo? A lot, actually. Eastern Congo, where fighting has recently taken a dramatic upswing, is one of the best places in the world to mine Columbite-tantalite, otherwise known as Coltan This turned out to be more of a curse than a blessing for the people of eastern Congo. Competition over Coltan mines between the government of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and a panoply of armed groups in eastern Congo helped fuel a civil war in Congo that has claimed over 4 million lives.
"This is what happens when people in California say mean things about our gay kids. The mothers come out of the closet."
Millie Watts, Mormon mother of two gay children, as quoted in The Salt Lake Tribune
"Many people think of the performance review just as a backward reflection. But it's an ideal opportunity to look forward as well.""
David B. Peterson, senior vice president at Personnel Decisions International Corp.
Francis Bacon, English philosopher and statesman