"His reconciliation allowed whites to be released themselves. I honestly don't think the world will see another leader like Nelson Mandela." — Rohan Laird, 54, a white South African.
"For us, it's not an event. It's something we live with every single day of our lives." — Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra as the Connecticut town braces for the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
"I told him, 'Tom, I'm not sure that I'll measure up to these guys.' And he said, 'Cliff, you remember that when you go back to High Point, North Carolina, you're Santa Claus. You be the very best Santa Claus that you can be.'" — Cliff Snider, one of dozens of prospective St. Nicks to receive training at Tom Valent's Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan.