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Heard in Passing
May 7, 2015   
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“The best way to handle him is to try not to upset him or argue with him; he just needs to be handed a glass of water at the right moment.”
—Roman Giertych, former deputy prime minister in a right-wing government, on Antoni Macierewicz, deputy leader of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and the proponent of a theory that the April 10, 2010 Polish presidential plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, was the result of foul play and a Russian plot

“That would be a great slogan—for a condom company.”
—Leszek Miller, leader of the Democratic Left Alliance, on the campaign slogan adopted by incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski in his bid for reelection: “Choose Consent and Security”

“If you decide to help a girl in your class with geometry, be patient, however annoyed you are by her slow thinking.”
—Advice for schoolchildren in a textbook approved by the Polish education ministry

“I thought that only psychos, schizophrenics and pedophiles became more active in the spring, but it turns out that this also applies to retired American generals.”
—Vladimir Markin, of the Russian state prosecutor’s office, on U.S. military analyst Gen. Robert Scales, who told Fox News that the only way to turn the tide in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is to “start killing Russians.”

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