Nowadays men cannot love seven night but they must have all their desires: that love may not endure by reason; for where they be soon accorded and hasty, heat soon it cooleth. Right so fareth love nowadays, soon hot soon cold: this is no stability. But the old love was not so.Sir Thomas Malory
- "Everyone wants to kill me! The Americans want to kill me, the Shiites want to kill me, the Kurds want to kill me and even the insurgents. . . . Every night a different car passes by my house."
- "A Nation in Blood and Ink" by Dexter Filkins, The New York Times, August 14, 2005
- Commenting on the suspicions against him due to his roles as member of the constitutional committee, and as a Sunni Muslim who knows people with ties to the Iraqi insurgency.