''It is better to die like a man than live like a scoundrel.'' - Alexander Rutskoi, leader of the revolt against Boris Yeltsin. The Russian in fact did the opposite, surrendering to troops after they stormed the White House in Moscow. ''China's development and possession of a small number of nuclear weapons is completely for its self-defence.'' - Statement from Beijing after an underground explosion in Xinjiang led President Clinton to threaten a resumption of US nuclear tests. ''We cannot be bolder than you because liberty stands in the heart. When it shrivels there, nothing can save it.'' - The Governor, Chris Patten, in his policy address to Legco. ''[He is] singing the same old tune.'' - China News Service's reaction to his call for a conclusion to Sino-British talks within weeks. ''We feel very surprised that the British Government saw fit to make a huge climbdown from his original proposal during talks with China.'' - Martin Lee, commenting on what the United Democrats see as his watering down of the Governor's political reform package. ''I feel sorry for Bill Clinton. He's stuck with this. But he should just get out now and say it was a mistake.'' - Burton Pines, chairman of the US National Centre for Public Policy Research, joining in the criticism of the growing death toll among American soldiers in Somalia. ''With a competent crew it can sail to the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, in fact almost anywhere.'' - An astonished Allan Zeman, whose $20 million yacht was stolen from its mooring opposite the Aberdeen Marine police base. ''I go zoom'' - Mikey Sproul, aged three, who took his parents' car for a joyride in Florida, backing out of their driveway, hitting two cars and a car repair shop next door before taking a spin around a supermarket car park and ending up in the ditch next to a busy highway. ''I have never seen anything like it. The response to the disaster is even more gigantic than the disaster.'' -Pravin Pardeshi, chief administrator of Latur, close to the epicentre of the earthquake which killed 20,000 in India and attracted a huge amount of foreign aid in its wake. ''He's blond'' -Marilyn Quayle's explanation for her husband's reputation as an also-ran during his time as Vice President of the United States.