"We've got a lot of people who are hurt, and there's a lot of people, I'm sure, who aren't gonna be here tomorrow." — Mayor Tommy Muska of West, Texas, after an explosion at a fertilizer plant killed as many as 15 people and injured at least 160 others.
"It's going to happen by doing the careful work that must be done in a thorough investigation. That means going through the couple of blocks at the blast scene square inch by square inch and picking up pieces of evidence and following those trails, and that's going to take some time." — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick about the work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage.
"Tragically, it may take more mass killings." — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., after the Senate rejected expanded background checks for gun purchases and other restrictions.