‘‘People were bartering. Can I have your cereal for this? Can I have your drink for that? We had one lady, she was begging for cigarettes for diapers. There were no diapers on the boat. There was no formula on the boat.’’ — Brandi Dorsett, of Sweeny, Texas, describing the scene on board the crippled Carnival Triumph and the exhausting five-day trip to a port in Mobile, Ala.
‘‘I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. I want to offer my sincerest apologies ... for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for things that I did right.’’ — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. after he agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy.
‘‘Take it easy.’’ — Chief Magistrate Desmond Nasir to Olympic star-turned-murder-defendant Oscar Pistorious who was weeping uncontrollably as prosecutors charged him with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his model girlfriend.