"Little is said about the fact that 70 to 80 percent of our MPs are faceless people. The ordinary citizen can recognise only a few of those elected to parliament. We have heard the names of 20 or so more, but we can hardly link their names to a face."
Svetoslav Spasov, independent MP, in an interview for the Monitor daily
"The mouse and the rat are fighting each other, but no mouse or rat can fight tigers and lions!"
Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, or DPS
"Sofia's mayor has made 5,467 media appearances. I wonder when he works."
Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev
"I'll beat them even with my worst foot forward."
Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov
"Wherever there is a Bulgarian involved, he's mucked things up. Yes, we muck things up and this is why we have survived. We did the Ottoman Empire! Then in 1944 we did the Germans, then the Russians and now we are about to do the European Union. This is what our nation is like. Whoever has sided with us hasn't seen any good."
"The Belene project is becoming a super-large economic vampire for Bulgaria's economy."
Georgi Kaschiev, nuclear power engineering expert