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“They even broke into my safe!” and other quotes of the week

My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better.” — Actor John Travolta, reacting to news of singer Olivia Newton-John’s death. They both starred in the 1978 film version of the musical “Grease.” (Monday, Associated Press)

“Spirit will always have a place in my heart, and it does yield heartburn … They were certainly intrepid explorers of the frontiers of misery in the friendly skies.”John Paul Rollert, a customer of Spirit Airlines and chronicler of that company’s business practices on news that the ultra-low cost carrier has agreed to be purchased by JetBlue Airways. (Monday, The Washington Post)

“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. They even broke into my safe!” — Former President Donald Trump, after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence in Palm Beach, Fla. (Monday, The New York Times)

“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing.” — A motion filed by the Department of Justice in federal court in Florida on Thursday seeking the unsealing of documents that led to a search of Mar-a-Lago.

“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. [...] My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now the countdown has begun.” — Tennis star Serena Williams, announcing her career may be coming to an end. (Tuesday, Instagram)

“There is good reason to think inflation will continue to slow.” — Michael Pugliese, an economist at Wells Fargo, after consumer prices signaled inflation going down. (Wednesday, Associated Press)

“The lack of any consumer representative, the exclusion of public input, and the refusal to stream the meetings on the internet even though the room they met in is equipped to do so, speaks volumes.” — Doug Lewin, an energy consultant, after a state committee consisting of oil and energy executives approved recommendations for the power grid for next year’s Legislature. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)

High levels of population immunity due to vaccination and previous infection, and the many tools that we have available to protect people from severe illness and death, have put us in a different place.” — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Greta Massetti, after COVID-19 guidelines were relaxed by the health agency. (Thursday, press conference)

Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.” — FBI director Christopher Wray, after an armed man decked out in body armor tried to breach a security screening area at an FBI field office in Ohio. (Thursday, Associated Press)

“The Arctic is more sensitive to global warming than previously thought.” — Mika Rantanen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, one of the authors of a study published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, that concluded the Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the Earth as a whole. (Thursday, NPR)

“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way.” — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, after Russell’s No. 6 jersey was retired. (Thursday, Associated Press)

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