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2007 Quotes of the Year - Top Quotes of 2007

Quotes of the Week - Dec 31, 2007:
"My mother always said democracy is the best revenge." -- Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, 19-year-old son of slain former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, accepting symbolic leadership of his mother's party on Dec. 30.

"They might try to assassinate me. I have prepared my family and my loved ones for any possibility." -- Benazir Bhutto, talking to a newspaper before her return to Pakistan in October. She was assassinated on December 27.

"No, no, God no! I don't believe in happy endings. Children have got to face death sooner or later. Granny and Grandpa die, dogs die, cats die, gerbils and those frightful things - what are they called? - hamsters, all die like flies. So there's no point avoiding it." -- Raymond Briggs, creator of the children's story The Snowman, asked why he had not given the story a happy ending.

"It is not a sad day, it is the darkest, gloomiest day in the history of the country." -- Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, speaking after death of Benazir Bhutto.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 24, 2007:
"I knew I didn't have cancer, but I wanted to be sure." -- Rudolph Giuliani, telling reporters that doctors say he is cancer free.

"I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct."-- Queen Elizabeth II, announcing that her Christmas Day message will be available on the new Royal Channel on video-sharing website YouTube.

"My husband is planning an accident in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing more than a decoy." -- Prince Diana, in letter read at inquest into Diana's death.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 17, 2007:
"If invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability, but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talents as a marriage counsellor!!!" -- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in letter to Princess Diana produced at inquest into her death.

"There's time for at least a few more books yet."-- Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, announcing he has alzheimer's.

"This isn’t something done willy-nilly. This isn’t something where an agency officer just wakes up in the morning and decides he’s going to carry out an enhanced technique on a prisoner. This was a policy made at the White House." -- Former CIA agent John Kiriakou on use of waterboarding to torture terrorist suspects.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 11, 2007:
"I think I'm a missing person."-- Canoeist John Darwin reappears at a London police station, five years after "disappearing at sea". He and his wife Anne have since been charged with fraud.

"My sons are never going to forgive me."-- Anne Darwin, who knew her "missing" husband John was alive for the past five years and didn't tell her children.

"They were fun when I was young, but now I'm 30 I think they're meaningless and dulll. I won't say how many I've had. It could be two, it could be 200." -- Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers on one-night stands.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 4, 2007:
"What would you feel like if you go in for brain surgery and the brain surgeon leans over and says 'I just want you to know that I am not a perfectionist. But don't worry, I'm a nice guy."-- Actor Dustin Hoffman, a self-styled perfectionist.

"I don't want to know who he's been with or how many. I do want to know that my man is not a virgin, I'll tell you that much, because I want to know that he knows what he's doing. But I don't need to know how he learned it."-- Hollywood actress Dania Ramirez.

"Go on, it will only take half an hour." -- English broacaster Joan Bakewell, on worst chat-up line she has had the pleasure of enduring.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 27, 2007:

"Hillary Clinton Stop Running For President And Make Me A Sandwich."-- Name of US Internet campaign group on social-networking site Facebook.

"Most of all I love the startling intimacy which the dance can engender with a total stranger in a few shocking moments."-- Actress Maureen Lipman on the tango.

"A man came up to me and said, 'Aren't you that Potter woman? I pray for you every evening.' I should have said that he had better pray for himself. It was very frightening." -- J.K. Rowling on incident in US toy-shop.

"They put in the ugliest, biggest bottom in the world. Mine was smaller and much nicer. I recently found the stand-in was a stripper from Glasgow." Former Bond girl Britt Ekland regrets asking for a double for a nude film scene.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 20, 2007:

"Why don't you shut up?"-- King Juan Carlos of Spain to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a summit in Chile after Chavez called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist.

"Peace is an accident, war is natural. Old men start it, young men fight it, everybody in the middle dies, and nobody tells the truth."-- Sylvester Stallone on the latest sequel to Rambo, in which the Vietnam veteran helps refugees in Burma.

"It looks like the sea is coming to grab us." -- Moulvi Feroze Ahmed, a government official on an island in the Bay of Bengal, describing Tropical Cyclone Sidr.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 13, 2007:

"He was interesting because he was interested. He had a way of approaching subjects that was never boring."-- Gore Vidal, on writer Norman Mailer, who died at age of 84.

"I'm unarmed - let me go."-- Benazir Bhutto, to Pakistani security forces who encircled her house, putting her under house arrest.

"I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection." -- Message Finnish student Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted on YouTube hours before shooting dead eight people and killing himself.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 6, 2007:

"I've had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer and I've done nothing but charity for the last 20 years." -- Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's former wife, attacks the news media.

"A first killing is like your first love. You never forget it." -- Alexander Pichushkin, Russia's 'Chessboard Killer'. He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of 48 murders.

"There is something much bigger that drives us all. I'm willing to take that leap of faith." -- Actor Russell Crowe, 43, on his plan to be baptized.

"I don't think they're piling on because I'm a woman. I think they're piling on because I'm winning." -- Hillary Clinton on intensifying criticism of her by rivals for Democtratic presidential nomination.

"The face of the golden boy is amazing. It has magic and it has mystery." -- Zahi Hawass, Egyptian antiquities chief, on the face of the legendary boy-king Tutankhamun, which went on public display for the first time.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 30, 2007:

"We're pleased with the economics of this deal." -- Kevin Johnson, President Platforms & Services, Microsoft, which paid $250m for 1.6% stake in Facebook social networking site.

"It is going to make everything else after this simpy awful." -- Australian Tony Elwood who paid $50,000 for first-class suite aboard first flight of Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney.

"When I see someone on television, when they say, 'This is a suspect', I have a difficult time believing that that actually is a suspect." -- Willie 'Pete' Williams, freed after serving 22 years in US for rape he did not commit.

"My husband saved my life. I didn't even know what I did until the next day. Then I was engulfed in shame." -- Amy Winehouse talking about recent drug overdose.

"This is some of the most macabre memorabilia of the history of the cold war that's ever gone on the auction block." -- Peter Kornbluh, US national security archive, as strands of Che Guevara's hair are sold for $100,000.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 23, 2007:

"Muslims know that if they attack a woman they will burn in hell." -- Exiled former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto returns to the country. Bomb attacks kill more than 130 as she made her homecoming.

"Dumbledore is gay." -- Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling outing one of her characters while speaking to fans at Carnegie Hall.

"The Muslim world is waiting for you to gather under one banner." -- Osama bin Laden, calling on Iraq's feuding militant factions to unite against US troops.

"I think relationships are broken up because of the media." -- Rap mogul Jay-Z who dates Beyonce.

"Bingo! We've got him." -- Maj. Gen. Wimol Powintara of the Bangkok police, on the arrest of Christopher Paul Neil, a Canadian schoolteacher accused of pedophilia, in northeast Thailand after an international manhunt.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 15, 2007:

"Either they were going to give it to me sometime before I popped off or not at all." -- Doris Lessing on winning Nobel Prize for Literature after being on the shortlist for, according to her, 40 years.

"The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity." -- Al Gore after being awarded Nobel Peace Price for raising awareness of climate change.

"The sums are appalling." -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia, in a new report estimating that African nations spend $18 billion per year on armed conflict — roughly the same amount they receive in humanitarian aid.

"Usually when someone is given an evening like this, they're way too dead to say thank you." -- Comedian Billy Crystal accepting Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 9, 2007:

"I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways." -- Marion Jones, US Olympic gold medalist, in letter to family and friends confessing she took performance-enhancing drugs.

"There are wholly innocent explanations for anything the police may or may not have found." -- Clarence Mitchell, McCann family spokesperson, dismissing new DNA tests implicating parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann in her disappearance.

"Che turned white... before saying: 'It's better this way, I should have died in combat.'" -- Felix Rodriguez, former CIA agent, recalling Che Guevara's reaction on learning he would be executed with no trial.

"I love my daughter." -- Lynne Spears, after Roseanne Barr said Britney Spears needs a mother.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 2, 2007:

"Removing custody ... is the shock treatment that Britney Spears needs." -- Gloria Allred, lawyer for Tony Barretto, former bodyguard and witness in Spears' court battle over her two children, on decision to temporarily grant custody to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

"Your iPod can definitely get you hurt, or even killed, if you're not careful in public." -- John Roman, Urban Institute researcher, after FBI statistics indicated the music player has triggered a jump in robberies, including some that have resulted in murder.

"My God, most people would want to die if they lost $1,000 or $100,000. I've lost $40 million plus" -- Actor Kevin Costner on losing millions in failed investments for 'green' technology.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 25, 2007:

"May we be free of torture, may there be peace in hearts and minds as our kindness spreads around the world." -- Buddhist monks revolt against military junta in Burma.

"I am not a killer or an armed robber, I just want to play golf." -- O. J. Simpson, charged with robbery, saying he was only trying to retrieve property stolen from him.

"Go to hell!" -- New York Daily News page 1 headline after Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested an official tour of Ground Zero.

In Iran, we don't have homosexuals." -- Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during stormy visit to Columbia University in New York City.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 17, 2007:

"I've done coke, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, everything. But the one that had the worst effect for me was pot." -- Angelina Jolie, who admitted to once taking LSD before entering Disneyland.

"I want to live indefinitely." -- World's oldest man Tomoji Tanabe, (112), of Japan, who said he owed his longevity to not drinking alcohol and not smoking.

"If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be any god-damned wars in the first place." -- Sally Field in Emmy acceptance speech.

"It is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." -- Alan Greenspan, former US Fed chairman.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 10, 2007:

"Some people sing opera, Luciana Pavarotti was an opera." -- Bono on death of the Italian tenor.

"I want kids next year, so I've got to get my body ready." -- Paris Hilton, planning for motherhood.

"Mumzillas we called them, following their kids around with make-up and forever sewing sequins on." -- Danni Minogue on pushy mothers.

"I'll give some speeches just to replenish the ol' coffers. I don't know what my dad gets, it's more than $50,000 to $75,000 a speech. Clinton's making a lot of money." -- US President George W. Bush, on plans for life after office.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 3, 2007:

"We actually had a bet going. I was like 'Come on, how many times either anorexia or something about my body, are going to come up.'" -- Actress Keira Knightley at Venice film festival where she accurately predicted questions about her thin frame.

"I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum." -- Real estate mogul Leona Helmsley, in her will, which also leaves $12m to her Maltese dog and nothing to two of her four grandchildren.

"I am not gay. I never have been gay." -- US Sen. Larry Craig, who is fighting a disorderly conduct charges after being arrested for lewd conduct in an airport bathroom.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 28, 2007:

"All levels of television broadcasters must not plan or produce sex-change or plastic surgery programmes involving public participation ... effective immediately." -- Chinese Government directive.

"It would be extremely naive and complacent to assume that there will not be another disease like Aids, another Ebola or another Sars." -- World Health Organization unveiling study showing that infectious diseases are spreading faster than at any other time.

"One had hoped that the days when artists were arrested for free expression were buried with totalitarian states, but Belarus is as close to a totalitarian state as you can get in Europe." -- Playwright Tom Stoppard speaking after police in Belarus raided an underground drama group.

"The flavors that come together - it's like heaven in youth mouth." -- Chicago resident April Kohlhaas praising the Big Mac on its 40th birthday.


Quotes of the Week - Aug 14, 2007:

"The average golfer's handicap is his IQ. Girls, believe me, if your hubby keeps golfing, he will soon have the brain frequency of a lower primate." -- Writer Kathy Lette.

"I spent the better part of the last three months enduring criticism normally levelled at a genocidal tyrant." -- Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation owner, on outcry over his purchase of Wall Street Journal.

"Rehab is a cop-out." -- British singer Amy Winehouse, who collapsed after taking a cocktail of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and horse tranquilizer Ketamine. After being released from hospital, she checked into a hotel.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 7, 2007:

"Actresses have to be able to frown." -- Screen legend Catherine Deneuve, who is against cosmetic surgery.

"It wasn't a fortune. It cost me the price of one-and-a-half Hermes handbags." -- British TV's Anne Robinson on her cosmetic surgery.

"Diana was never a fashion icon. She dressed to the same demotic standard of elegance as TV anchorwomen do, plus the inevitable hat. This was a desperate woman seeking applause. In death she has it, doled out in huge amounts." -- Germaine Greer on Princess Diana. She called Diana “slow-witted”, “backward”, “devious”, “fool-hardy”, “a desperate woman seeking applause”.

Quotes of the Week - July 30, 2007:

"As Homer would say, Woo-hoo!" -- Simpsons creator Matt Groening as animated show makes big-screen debut.

"The Goebells of Scientology." -- Thomas Gandow, spokesman on religious cults for German Protestant Church, on actor Tom Cruise, who is in Germany to make move on attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

"He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die." -- Dr David Dosa, on Oscar the cat, who can predict when patients in Rhode Island are going to die, curling up beside them for their final hours.

Quotes of the Week - July 23, 2007:

"If he was here today, then of course I would prepare him a mutton korma. It was his absolute favorite, with a pilau full of almonds, orange peel and raisins." -- Osama bin Laden's former valet Akhtar, on terrorist leader's love of curries.

"I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in complete disregard of the wishes of millions of readers who wanted to reach Harry's final destination in their own time." -- J. K. Rowling.

"I don't have the desire any longer." -- Seve Ballesteros on his retirement from golf.

"I hope to age disgracefully - It's a baby boomer mentality." - Singer Lulu, 58.

"I always fasted on Yom Kippur. I still worked on the movie sets but I fasted. And let me tell you, it's not easy making love to Lane Turner on an empty stomach." - Actor Kirk Douglas, now 90.

Quotes of the Week - July 17, 2007:

"There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them. The one thing I wish I could give the victims ... I cannot." -- LA Cardinal Roger Mahony, on $660m settlement with 508 victims of clergy sexual abuse.

"We don't owe the blacks a damn thing, anyway." -- Richard Nixon on appointing black politician to Cabinet in newly released national archive audio tapes.

"Less Dressy. What do you think this is." -- Queen Elizabeth II after photographer Annie Leibovitz suggested she remove crown for photo shoot.

Quotes of the Week - July 10, 2007:

"Actually finishing it was the most remarkable feeling I've ever had ... [I felt] euphoria, devastated." -- JK Rowling on finishing last Harry Potter book.

"Anyone getting their clothes off in this weather would have to be mad." -- Wimbledon spokesman explains this year's lack of streakers.

"I'm the only kid in the world who doesn't want an eighth Harry Potter book." -- Daniel Radcliffe.

"I felt they would be perfectly capable of watching television while I died." -- Freed Gaza hostage Alan Johnston on his captors.

Quotes of the Week - July 3, 2007:

"I am sorry sir, this is a non-smoking mountain." -- Broadcaster David Frost on what an official told a friend about to light a cigarette on skiing holiday at Aspen.

"We, the models, are the lowest in the food chain in the modelling industry." -- Katy French.

"Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre and destroys trust." -- New World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

"The iPhone is the most sophisticated, outlook-challenging piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles." -- US technology writer David Pogue as Apple's new iPhone hits US shelves.

Quotes of the Week - June 25, 2007:
"If celebrity is a credit card, then I'm using it." -- George Clooney, on forming a foundation with his Ocean's Thirteen costars Matt Damon and Brad Pitt to help victims in Darfur. The foundation raised more than $9 million in one night.

"I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there is an attempt to storm the area." -- BBC journalist Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza.

"With this plane, you can have breakfast in New York, fly to London, stay for four hours, and fly back to New York for dinner." -- Texas billionaire Robert Bass, who is bankrolling an effort to build the world's first supersonic private business jet.

"I have a very assertive way. It's wake up, move your ass, or piss off home." -- Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, after being sued by US restaurant manager who claims to have been humiliated by Ramsay during filming of new reality show 'Kitchen Nightmares'.

Quotes of the Week - June 18, 2007:
"I used to act dumb. That act is no longer cute. Now, I would like to make a difference ... God has given me this new chance." -- Paris Hilton speaking to Barbara Walters via phone from L.A. County Jail, where she is serving a 45-day prison sentence for traffic violations.

"Today's media, more than ever, hunts in a pack ... It is like a feral beast just tearing people and reputations to bits." -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair saying TV and newspaper coverage has worsened during his 10 years at Downing Street.

"There's not a day goes by I don't think about it." -- Prince William on death of mother Princess Diana.

Quotes of the Week - June 12, 2007:
"Where's Bono? Bono for president." -- US President George Bush, about to meet the U2 singer to discuss ways to fight global poverty.

"I just ask that you spell my name right." -- Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch tells Wall Street Journal he will not interfere in its news coverage if he takes control of the paper.

"You can't sit there and worry about everything. Get a life!" -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says citizens should not live in fear after four suspects were arrested in an illegal plot to blow up JFK Airport

Quotes of the Week - June 5, 2007:
"We envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror." -- Steve Ballmer, chief executive Microsoft, unveiling plans for computer shaped like a coffee table.

"The chance for a kidney for the contestants is 33 per cent. This is much higher than that for people on a waiting list." -- Laurens Dillirch, chairman of Dutch broadcaster BNN, defending reality TV show in which contestants compete for kidneys of a supposedly terminally-ill woman.

"My golf addiction is literally out of control. I really want to play from the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed." -- Actor Hugh Grant

Quotes of the Week - May 29, 2007:
"The guilt that we feel will never leave us." -- UK doctor Gerry McCann describes his and his wife's distress at being out at dinner with friends when their daughter Madeline (4) was abducted on holiday in Portugal.

"He has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every US town and city to a greater danger of attack because of his arrogance and willfulness." -- Al Gore on President George W Bush.

"The politics of fear is fuelling a downward spiral of human rights abuse in which no right is sacrosanct and no person safe." -- Irene Khan, Amnesty International, whose new report says the US war on terror is causing more harm than good.

Quotes of the Week - May 21, 2007:

"I don't really know what a website is." -- Judge Peter Openshaw, hearing an 'internet terrorist' trial in the UK.

"I have concluded that it is in the best interests of those whom this institution serves for that mission to be carried forward under new leadership." -- Paul Wolfowitz resigns as head of World Bank amid claims his girlfriend, who worked for the bank received favorable treatment.

"Cosmetic surgery is terrifying. It never looks good. Those women look weird. They look in the mirror and think they look great, but they don't see what we see. I think it's hideous. They scare small children." -- Model Jerry Hall.

Quotes of the Week - May 15, 2007:
"People say I am falling apart, but you have to remember the pictures were airbrushed. No one actually looked like that." -- Pamela Anderson hits back at cellulite-obsessed media.

"It's silly. It's a silly movie. There just isn't much there. Once you take it apart, there's not much story, is there?" -- Star Wars creator George Lucas is unimpressed by Spider-Man 3.

"I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That is your call." -- Tony Blair announces he will step down as Britain's PM next month.

"I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse." -- Paris Hilton, on 45 days jail she faces for driving while her licence was suspended.

Quotes of the Week - May 8, 2007:
"I gave her my all-American smile, where I show wall-to-wall teeth and said, pathetically: 'Hope you like your trip to America'. I was quickly moved on like some old wilted tuna on the conveyer belt at Yo! Suchi." -- Ruby Wax on her meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

"We are going to withdraw before they go and rob us." -- Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, says he will withdrawn from International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

"I will follow him to the gates of hell." -- US presidential candidate John McCain on Osama bin Laden.

"They have been warned to avoid using Western hairstyles and doing men's eyebrows." -- Iranian police, ordering crackdown on barber shops that offer un-Islamic haircuts.

Quotes of the Week - May 1, 2007:
"It was amazing. The zero-g part was wonderful, I could have gone on and on – space here I come!" -- Prof Stephen Hawking, who experienced weightlessness during simulated space flight.

"The only way a relationship can exist successfully is if, on some fundamental level, the man is scared shitless of his wife." -- Dustin Hoffman.

"I'm a supporter of President Bush, but I do believe he's a bad, or inadequate, communicator." -- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

"He doesn't seem like the sort of bloke we want in this country." -- Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, on why Snoop Dogg was refused entry into Australia.

Quotes of the Week - April 24, 2007:
"This is it. This is where it all ends. End of the road. What a life it was." -- chilling video made by gunman Cho Seung-Hui who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech.

"I find these sorts of polls hindering to my career. I'm an actress, not a sex object, and should be treated as such." -- Scarlett Johansson is annoyed at being voted the world's most beautiful woman.

"Now everyone thinks I want to have a baby and I'm getting broody. I might end up getting offered a Mothercare contract." -- singer Natasha Bedingfield, whose new single is called 'I Wanna Have Your Babies'.

"Robert Mugabe has murdered more black Africans than the entire South African apartheid regime." -- Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner.

Quotes of the Week - April 17, 2007:
"They let greed and a desire to show off to the world come before family. They have broken my heart and left me with no choice but to disown them." -- Vinod Nayar after his son Arun's multi-million dollar wedding to actress Liz Hurley.

"You don't run for second. I don't believe in that." -- Barack Obama asked if he would run for US vice-president on Hillary Clinton ticket.

"We cannot haul 10,000 generations into the laboratory." -- Pope Benedict puts his faith in Book of Genesis not Darwin, and says evolution is not provable.

"We won't stop this by pretending it isn't young black kids doing it." -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair calling on black community to do more to eliminate knife crime.

Quotes of the Week - April 10, 2007:
"We realized that had we resisted there would have been a major fight, one we could not have won, with consequences that would have major strategic impacts." -- Royal Marine Capt. Chris Air, on why 15 British sailors did not engage Iranians who captured them in the Gulf.

"I think it is, in fact, bad behavior on her part. I wish she hadn't done it." US Vice-President Dick Cheney on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria.

"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow." -- Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards admits snorting father's ashes.

"I'm prepared to give it a go, but only if the Air Vice-Marshal shows me how to do it first." -- British pilot on suggestion from Air Vice-Marshal David Walker that the RAF should consider suicide attacks.

Quotes of the Week - April 3, 2007:
"You have permission to call me anything except sir, all right? Lord of lords, your demigodness, that'll do." -- Bono, after receiving an honorary British knighthood.

"We must not allow our loathing of the tragedies of the past to become a barrier to a better future." -- Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland DUP leader, agrees power-sharing deal.

"Today, society does not talk about hell. It's as if it did not exist, but it does. There is eternal punishment for those who sin and do not repent." -- Pope Benedict XVI revives hell.

"I don't laugh out loud, hardly ever - maybe once every five years." -- Comedian Rowan Atkinson.

Quotes of the Week - March 27, 2007:
"I want to testify today about what I believe is a planetary emergency - a crisis that threatens the survival of our civilization and the habitability of the earth." -- All Gore, testifying on the impact of global warming before the US Congress.

"Whether the bigot is in our local pub or a thousand miles away, we should all stand up and speak out for these basic human rights." -- Elton John says homophobia is still all too prevalent.

"The clergy is in the same business as actors, just a different department." -- Actor John Hurt.

"I want to get away from playing wimps and do some kick-ass action." -- Actress Sienna Miller.

Quotes of the Week - March 20, 2007:
"It's something I've taken for years... it's not dangerous." -- Sylvester Stallone, charged with trying to bring 48 vials of human growth hormone into Australia.

"Go hang!" -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's message to Western critics of his regime.

"I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew Daniel Pearl in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the internet holding his head." -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, confessing to a tribunal at Guantanamo Bay to the murder of 'Wall Street Journal' reporter in 2002.

"When I'm looking for something I've dropped on the carpet, I have a bit of a problem." -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying energy-saving light bulbs are not bright enough.

Quotes of the Week - March 13, 2007:
"I had to struggle not to cry; I felt so full of love." -- Arun Nayar on the moment he saw Liz Hurley on their wedding day at Sudeley Castle, England.

"I don’t really get nervous - unless I’m going to meet a potential mother-in-law." -- Heather Mills on competing on US show 'Dancing With the Stars'.

"I would never wear a short skirt with no knickers, because that would just be silly." -- English singer songwriter Joss Stone.

"When I became a big star I sacrificed my family, and nothing gave me more pleasure. My advice to women is to put your family last." -- Entertainer Dame Edna Everage.

Quotes of the Week - March 6, 2007:
"Could you double check the envelope." -- Martin Scorsese is named best director at Oscars for 'The Departed, 26 years after his first nomination for 'Raging Bull'.

"Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned, that's the key." -- Britain's Prince Charles suggests cure for obesity on visit to United Arab Emirates.

"It doesn't get bigger than this." -- 'Titanic' director James Cameron, standing in front of 2000-year-old stone box he claimed contained the remains of Jesus.

"For 50 years or more, Elizabeth Windsor has maintained her dignity, her sense of duty - and her hairstyle." -- Helen Mirren receiving Best Actress Oscar for her role in 'The Queen'.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 27, 2007:
"I'm not the monster that they portray me in the newspapers, a cold-blooded killer and all that. I'm not that person at all." -- Former Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato who is charged with murder of a police officer.

"Over the moon." -- Britain's Prince Harry, learning he will serve with his regiment in Iraq.

"I'm such a Luddite. I can't even load a CD onto an iPod." -- Uma Thurman.

"If that kind of approach to sexual life were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear. Imagine what grand changes would occur in mores if the traditional links between men and women were set aside." -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski suggests homosexuality is threat to human existence.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 20, 2007:
"It's weird when you watch women's tennis now, with all the grunting and shouting. It's a bit like phone sex. So you have to be very careful not to get too excited." -- Robin Williams on the joys of a love game.

"I was talking about when you have a lot of little dogs and they play very rough. It affects their joints." -- Sharon Osbourne meets Britain's Queen Elizabeth and discusses her majesty's corgis.

"The global warming scenario is pretty grim. I’m not sure I like the idea of polar bears under a palm tree" -- English comedian Lenny Henry.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 12, 2007:
"If you go back from September, she wasn't with one of those guys, she was with me." -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband Prince Frederick von Anhalt is third man to claim paternity of 5-month old daughter of former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith who died after collapsing in hotel room.

"Unless we can devise a way of removing CO2 from the Earth's atmosphere we will lose half of all species on Earth, all the coral reefs, 100 million people will be displaced, farmlands will become deserts and rainforests wastelands." -- Airline tycoon Richard Branson offers $25m prize to scientists who find a way to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 6, 2007:
"Michael, I feel, needs to become a Muslim because I think it’s a great protection for him from all the things that he’s been attacked with, which are false." -- Jermaine Jackson about brother Michael Jackson.

"Badly written love scenes are the ultimate in birth control. They are a literary contraceptive: read one and you'll never have sex again." -- Best selling Australian author Kathy Lette.

"Jesus love Osama" -- Controversial sign erected by Sydney Baptist church, criticised by Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 30, 2007:
"We don't airbrush to that extent." -- Hugh Hefner scuppers Kelly Osbourne's chances after she admits in an interview that she would like to be a nude Playboy pin-up.

"In a series of TV interviews this morning, Hillary Clinton said her favorite movie as a little girl was 'The Wizard of Oz'. Her favorite movie in college was 'Casablanca'. Then, after she got married it was 'Kill Bill'." -- US chatshow host Jay Leno.

"I couldn't think of a worse way to go than to end up as fish food" -- Australian diver Eric Nerhus who escaped from the jaws of a great white shark.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 23, 2007:
"You are not a cannibal if you eat art." -- Chilian artist Marco Evaristti, who served guests meatballs created from his own liposuction fats.

"Hopefully these lawsuits can spur Myspace into action and prevent this happening to another child somewhere" -- Jason Itkin, lawyer acting for families of abused teenagers in US who are suing MySpace, claiming it did not do enough to protect their children.

"Go back to the slums" -- Jade Goody to Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother. The TV show is at centre of a row over racist bullying of Shetty.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 15, 2007:
"I've never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears." -- Simon Cowell on Bob Dylan.

"I used to be 30% insane. Now I'm only 20% insane." -- Mel Gibson interview with British Sunday Times.

"Maybe he wants to go into the movies - if they are silent movies, he has a good chance." -- Publicist Max Clifford on footballer David Beckham's move to Los Angeles.

"She was mesmerising. She oozed sex and demanded a sexual response from everyone. Time stands still for a superstar. I lost myself in Madonna's attention, and by the end of the meal I had fallen in love." -- Actor Rupert Everett on Madonna.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 7, 2007:
"I have saved you from destitution and misery and destroyed your enemies, the Persian and Americans." -- Saddam Hussein, to Iraqi guards who shouted taunts at him before his execution.

"He was born with little, inherited nothing and left a lot." -- Rev Jesse Jackson pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as he was laid to rest in his native Augusta, Georgia

"It feels absolutely fantastic being back on dry land." -- British sailor Michael Perham, 14, who became the youngest person to sail Atlantic single-handed.

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