Today's Quote: Bulgarian Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
"I will not say it like Churchill - blood, toil, tears and sweat. There is no doubt very serious work is ahead of us."
Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov opening the first cabinet meeting after his government took over from the previous one on Friday.
"We are not like a regular cabinet, with a four-year timeframe, ours is a 100 meter sprint. This means the beginning is exceptionally important, a tenth of the second can be fatal."
The cabinet is expected to remain in office for a few months until a regular government is formed after the March 26 early election.
Gerdzhikov's words were an apparent reference to Winston Churchill's first speech to the House of Commons of Britain after he was offered to become Prime Minister in 1940.
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering," Churchill said back then, six months into World War Two.