''The pilot did a good job. He turned the plane away from the deep water and put us in the shallow end.'' - Kenny Bell, passenger on the China Airlines jumbo which slid off Kai Tak runway and into Victoria Harbour. ''As an American, I think this is a contradiction in terms and honestly I don't know how they are going to do it.'' - Human rights lobbyist John Kamm, who was told by China that it would not repeal the Bill of Rights after 1997 but would seek to modify its legal status to keep it in line with the Basic Law. ''Taxi drivers are human beings. They could be in a bad temper for some reason, so they don't want to answer passengers' questions.'' - Urban Taxi Drivers' Association Joint Committee chairman Tony Chan Kam-pui. ''Trick or treat.'' - Ulster gunmen, immediately before opening fire at a Halloween pub party, killing seven. ''I am not a hero, I am afraid of pain. But I think it is something worth doing.'' - Volunteer donor prepared to offer some of his liver to help save the life of baby cancer victim Nan Kim-long. ''This has probably been the greatest day of my life.'' - Hong Kong-based jockey Mick Kinane after his victory on Vintage Crop in the Melbourne Cup. ''I wish I had that much money. And if I did I wouldn't be telling anyone, especially someone who shares my bunk.'' - Hostel room-mate of Pang Ko-fai, who found the $100,000 he had stashed under his bed had vanished, as had the man in the bunk above him, after Pang told his 'friend' of its existence. ''All politics is local and locally Bill Clinton is very unpopular, regardless of the locality.'' - Republican chief Haley Barbour, after his party's victories in New York, Virginia and New Jersey.