2008 Quotes of the Year - Top Quotes of 2008
Quotes of the Week - December 31, 2008:
"The church must defend not only the earth, the water and the
air as gifts of creation belonging to everyone, but it must also
protect mankind against the destruction of itself. The tropical
forests deserve our protection, but man as a creature deserves it
no less. Failure to respect the union between a man and a woman
amounts to the auto destruction of mankind." -- Pope Benedict
XVI in a speech widely interpreted as attacking homosexuality.
"Harold was a political figure, a polemicist, and carried on
fierce battles against American foreign policy and often British
foreign policy, but in private he was the most incredibly loyal
of friends and generous of human beings." -- Harold Pinter's
biographer Michael Billington pays tribute to the playwright, who
died during the week.
"When things go well, people call me Gordon. When they're bad,
they call me Mr Brown. At the moment, they are calling me Gordon."
-- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
"What is the world coming to?" -- Jeremy Paxman, shocked
after contestants on British TV's University Challenge failed to
answer questions about tiddlywinks.
"I want 10 children. I love kids." -- Tom Cruise, in interview
with UK newspaper The Sun, December 2008.
"If you were alive, they would give you a loan. Actually, I
think if you were dead, they would still give you a loan."
-- US financial commentator Steven Knobel, on lax lending standards
among some US banks before the economic crash.
"We have now declared war on the residents of Gaza. I reiterate
that we will treat the population with silk gloves but will apply
an iron fist to Hamas." -- Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert
as the offensive in Gaza continued.
Quotes of the Week - December 23, 2008:
"I want to see hedge-fund managers tipped into cage fights
with naked Gypsies; bank managers wrestle with lions in the O2 arena;
failed regulators thrown to alligators in the Royal Docks; short
sellers in pits of snakes; and distinguished City economists try
their luck with sharks. They've had their heyday, their bonuses,
their Porsches, their fine wines and oafish ostentation - they've
had their fun. Now for ours. To the guillotine!" -- Matthew
Parris writing in 'The Times' of London.
"We're not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious."
-- Britain's Prince Andrew gives an insight into the royal Christmas.
"Zimbabwe is mine. I wil never, never surrender." -- Robert
Quotes of the Week - December 16, 2008:
"The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave."
-- Patrick Fitzgerald, attorney in Chicago, as Illinois governor
Rod Blagojevich is accused of trying to auction Barack Obama's senate
seat in return for favors.
"It's hard to tell where the floor will be." -- Peter
Spencer, economics professor at University of York, as sterling
slumps to record low against euro.
"While we're still the US sales leader, we acknowledge we have
disappointed you." -- General Motors, in full-page ad in 'Automotive
"I didn't just fall off the wagon. I let the wagon fall on
me." -- Oprah Winfrey reveals she's put on 40lb since 2006.
"She provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful
thoughts, impure thoughts." -- Jorge Medina, Catholic Cardinal
of Santiago, as Madonna plays her first concert in Chile.
Quotes of the Week - December 10, 2008:
"Mr president-elect, I'm proud to join you in what will be
a difficult and exciting adventure." -- Hillary Clinton agrees
to serve as Barack Obama's secretary of state.
"I believe we could lose General Motors by the end of this
month." -- Ron Gettelfinger, president of the United Auto Workers
union, as the troubled US car giant seeks a government bailout.
"In getting breast enlargements what we're doing is creating
a totally impossible female shape and making it our ideal, I think
that's a problem because human beings don't come naturally in that
shape." -- English TV presenter Esther Rantzen.
"To ensure prosperity here at home and peace abroad, we all
share the belief we have to maintain the strongest military on the
planet." -- Barack Obama.
"I let bad people in because I was lonely and I really paid
the consequences for that big time. I am very protective of myself.
Sometimes it can get kind of lonely. It's bad. I'm sad." --
Quotes of the Week - December 2, 2008:
"I go to bed at, like, 9.30 every night and I don't go out
or anything. I just feel like an old fart." -- Britney Spears
discovers true meaning of being a parent.
"God and the devil: I got one on each shoulder." -- Brandon
Flowers, frontman of The Killers.
"Money can be a burden. That's why I got stressed last year.
I had a massive house that I couldn't control or clean." --
Carly Zucker, 24, girlfriend of Chelsea soccer player Joe Cole,
on 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'
"He is like some sherry-crazed old dowager who has lost the
family silver at roulette, and who now decides to double up by betting
the house as well." -- London Mayor Boris Johnson on UK PM
Quotes of the Week - November 25, 2008:
"I can't go to my old barber shop now. I've gotta have my barber
come to some undisclosed location to cut my hair." -- US President-elect
on adjusting to his and his family's new reality and the "certain
lonliness to the job" of president.
"Will I be able to have children?" -- Hitler's first question
to the doctor who saved his life after a groin injury in the WWI
Battle of the Somme. A recently discovered manuscript of a conversation
between the doctor and Hitler's priest confirmed the rumor that
Hitler lost a testicle in the fight.
"I and others were mistaken early on in saying that the subprime
crisis would be contained." -- US Federal Reserve Chairman
"In my heart, I love women more than I love men. But I'm more
careful when I'm being interviewed by a woman because from experiences,
I know there is a little stiletto knife hidden behind the back."
-- Actress Helen Mirren.
"I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture and I'm
going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel
an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world."
-- Barack Obama.
"I am not suicidal. Occasionally, like all of us, I get depressed
and it was over a year ago and I had a little mini attack, well
a big one ... I don't know quite why it happened but I find medication
is not the answer to this." -- Courtney Love.
"There were very, very dark times with Mick and all the Stones."
-- Jerry Hall, formerly Mrs Jagger, hints at revelations to come
in her newly completed autobiography.
"I haven't been doing enough exercise. I have let things slide."
-- Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall, reveals she has let herself go
since getting married to Princes Charles.
"Everyone over 50 should be issued every week with a wet fish
in a plastic bag by the Post Office so that, whenever you see someone
young and happy, you can hit them as hard as you can across the
face." -- Richard Griffiths, the 61-year-old actor, joins the
grumpy old men's club.
Quotes of the Week - November 17, 2008:
"It will never work with all those Huns, wops and dagos."
-- Britain's Queen Mother on the EU, quoted by BBC man Edward Stourton
in his book 'It's a PC World'.
"I've been sleeping like a baby: sleep two hours, wake up and
cry, sleep two hours, wake up and cry." -- John McCain, asked
how he was doing by Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show', in first interview
after his defeat in US presidential election.
"Our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously,
a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me." -- Barack Obama,
on choosing a dog for his children as they go into the White House.
"I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere,
this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open
door. Show me where the open door is." -- Sarah Palin, hoping
God will show her the door to the White House in 2012.
Quotes of the Week - November 11, 2008:
"Change has come to America." -- Barack Obama, in victory
speech in US presidential election, home state of Chicago, November
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America
is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the
dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions
the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." -- Barack
Obama, in victory speech in US presidential election in home state
of Chicago, November 4, 2008.
"To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn: I may
not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help,
and I will be your President, too." -- US President-elect Barack
Obama, in his victory speech.
"Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the
world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for
a better place." -- Nelson Mandela, former South African President,
in letter to Barack Obama on being elected the 44th President of
the United States.
"We have come a long way from the injustices that once stained
our nation's reputation." -- John McCain on the significance
of Obama's election for African-Americans, in his concession speech
"Unbelievable! Obama's coming make way!" -- Mwai
Kibaki, Kenyan President, on Barack Obama's election win, which
led Kibaki to declare a national holiday on the Thursday in honor
of the President-elect.
"I was so, so, so excited, and then just sort of a calm came
over me. It feels like it actually is kind of real, so it feels
great." -- Oprah Winfrey, on her reaction to news that Barack
Obama won the presidential race.
"I don't know if I will die of happiness." -- Sarah Obama,
celebrating her grandson's victory in the US presidential election,
from her home in the village of Kogelo, Kenya.
"If some people don't have a sense of humor, then it's their
problem." -- Silvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister, after
being criticized for commenting that President-elect Barack Obama
would work well with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev because Obama
is "young, handsome and sun-tanned".
Quotes of the Week - November 4, 2008:
"I'm not going to talk about it too long, because it's hard
to talk about." -- US presidential candidate Barack Obama on
death of his grandmother Madelyn Duynham, who helped raise him during
his itinerant childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia.
"We have to do something about his skinny legs. He has to do
squats." -- California governor and former muscleman Arnold
Schwarzenegger says he'd like to get Barack Obama into a gym.
"I'm still speechless." -- Lewis Hamilton, Formula One's
youngest-ever champion, after clinching title by overtaking Timo
Glock on final turn of last lap of Brazilian Grand Prix.
"There is nothing decent about Russell Brand - he's a despicable
rat." -- Georgina Baillie, granddaughter of actor Andrew Sachs,
who received lewd phone calls about Georgina from British comedy
pair Brand and Jonathan Ross, which were broadcast on BBC radio.
Sachs, now 78, was famous for his role as incompetent Spanish waiter
in classic comedy series 'Fawlty Towers'. The prank attracted over
30,000 viewer complaints to the BBC.
Quotes of the Week - Oct 27, 2008:
"We are in the midst of a once-in-a-century credit tsumani.
Central banks and governments are being required to take unprecedented
measures. Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending
institutions to protect shareholders' equity are in a state of shocked
disbelief." -- Former US Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, on global
"Not since the first world war has our banking system been
so close to collapse. The long march to boredom and stability starts
tonight." -- Mervyn King, governor of Bank of England, saying
people face a long journey through recession.
"Oh, if only people knew how frugal we are." -- US vice-presidential
candidate Sarah Palin responds to news that $150,000 of Republican
money was spent on her wardrobe for the campaign trail.
Quotes of the Week - Oct 21, 2008:
"I strongly believe that at this point in America's history,
we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies
we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational
figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change."
-- Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama
for US president.
"I ain't got time to die." -- Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, of
Atlanta, Georgia, on living through the years when African-Americans
and women couldn't vote to now, a time where Barack Obama is running
"I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do.
So no more fan mail." -- Former Beatle Ringo Starr says he's
signed his last autograph.
Quotes of the Week - Oct 12, 2008:
"I was trying to give Tina Fey more material. Job security
for Saturday Night Live." -- US vice-presidential candidate
Sarah Palin, joking about her gaffes during interviews and media
"Your company is now bankrupt, our economy is now in a state
of crisis, but you get to keep $480 million. I have a very basic
question for you: Is this fair?" -- Henry Waxman, chairman
of the House Oversight Committee, questioning Lehman Brothers CEO
Richard Fuld over the bank's collapse.
"Nations once rich in faith and vocations are losing their
own identity under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain
modern culture." -- Pope Benedict XVI, criticizing modern life
and greed at a meeting of bishops in Rome on Oct. 5.
"This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America.
Our opponent is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so
imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target
their own country. Americans need to know this." -- Sarah Palin,
accusing Barack Obama of associating with Bill Ayers, a founder
of radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings
in early 1970s.
"The financial crisis is nothing compared with the environmental
crisis." -- Jean-Christophe Vie, of the International Union
for the Conservation of Nature, on a new report that 25% of the
world's mammals face extinction.
"We can solve this crisis and we will." -- US President
George Bush, American people to have confidence in the economy during
a "deeply unsettling period".
Quotes of the Week - Oct 6, 2008:
"The reality is we're in an urgent situation and the consequences
will get bigger each day we do not act." -- US President George
Bush, on efforts to resurrect the $700 billion financial rescue
"Sixty-seven percent of the Republican Conference decided to
put political ideology ahead of the best interest of our great nation."
-- U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina,
after the House voted against the $700-billion bailout package aimed
at stabilizing financial markets.
"I go three, maybe four times a year to get tested for sexually
transmitted infections and most of the time I don't even need to."
-- Kelly Osborne.
"He'll be up there with Churchill." -- Cherie Blair on
how history will judge her husband and former British Prime Minister
Quotes of the Week - Sept 30, 2008:
"If money isn't loosened up, this sucker could go down."
-- US president George Bush as political wrangling threatens to
sink $700 billion Wall Street bailout package.
"Our entire economy is in danger." -- US president George
Bush in TV appeal for support for plan to avert financial meltdown.
"Don't blow it up." -- US treasury secretary Henry Paulson
on bended knee, to Democratic Party House speaker Nancy Pelosi,
pleading for her to back $700bn Wall Street bailout.
"My name is not Gordon." -- Michael Douglas, refers to
his 1987 character in movie Wall Street after reporter asked
him about current financial crisis.
Quotes of the Week - Sept 23, 2008:
"They are like looters after a hurricane." -- Andrew Cuomo,
New York's attorney general, on short-selling of stock by traders
who have made a fortune by driving down the price of bank shares.
"I love art and this proves I'm not alone." -- British
artist Damien Hirst after selling 54 pieces of his work for $127m.
"I have signed this agreement because my belief in Zimbabwe
and its peoples runs deeper than the scars I bear from the struggle
... and because my hope for the future is greater than the grief
for the needless suffering of the past years. We deserve a better
life; a life without fear, hunger, poverty and oppression."
-- Morgan Tsvangirai, the incoming Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
Quotes of the Week - Sept 16, 2008:
"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig." --
US presidential candidate Barack Obama in what sounded like an attack
on Republican vice-president nominee Sarah Palin.
"I thought I'd host an end of the world party, but the media
might take it seriously." -- Stephen Hawking, reassuring that
world was not due to end with the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.
"I'm going to try to win an eighth Tour de France." --
Lance Armstrong announcing he is coming out of retirement.
"I suggest we flaunt our defiance of the UN with a series of
vast barbecues: carnivorous festivals of chops and saausages and
burgers and chitterlings." -- London mayor Boris Johnson rejects
UN calls to give up meat to save the planet.
Quotes of the Week - Sept 9, 2008:
"I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with
the boys, do some fishing. I don't want kids. I'm a f**in' redneck."
-- Levi Johnston, boyfriend of Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter.
"What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?
Lipstick." -- US vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin at Republican
"I want to give a shout-out to all my Saudi Arabian brothers
and sisters. If you could all please send me some oil for my jet,
I would really appreciate it." -- Sean "P Diddy"
Combs in YouTube video.
"My dress was worth every penny. I was proud to tell everyone
at the wedding how much it cost." -- English bride Heather
Saint, 20, who bought her wedding dress for 5p on eBay.
Quotes of the Week - Sept 2, 2008:
"It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John
McCain doesn't get it." -- US Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama at his party's Denver convention.
"No way. No how. No McCain. Barack Obama is my candidate. And
he must be president." -- Hillary Clinton backs Obama at convention.
"In international relations, you cannot have one rule for some
and another rule for others." -- Russian president Dmitri Medvedev
on recognizing independence of Georgia's breakaway regions, saying
the West set a precedent by treating Kosovo the same way.
"I wanted to show myself as I am. I couldn't care less about
the camera." -- Designer Valentino Garavani, in a new warts-and-all
portrait documentary of half century in fashion.
Quotes of the Week - August 25, 2008:
"I'll have my staff get back to you on that." -- US Republican
presidential candidate John McCain on being asked how many houses
he owns (the answer is seven).
"I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes."
-- Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf in his resignation
"If they knew the plane was faulty, why did they let it fly?"
-- A relative of one of the 153 passengers killed in the Spanair
crash at Madrid airport.
"I feel now at 53 I have grown into a deeper understanding
of what a human life is." -- John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman
seeks parole. His request was denied.
Quotes of the Week - August 19, 2008:
"Eat, sleep and swim. That's all I can do." -- Olympic
champion Michael Phelps explains the secret of his success, a lot
of eggs in a 12,000 calories a day diet.
"The world just got a little less funny." -- George Clooney's
reaction to the death of his friend, comedian Bernie Mac, 50.
"This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where
Russia can invade its neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government
and get away with it. Things have changed." -- Condoleezza
Rice on military clashes between Russia and Georgia.
"They are steeped in sin and, if eaten long enough for in quantity,
will almost certainly kill you." -- Actress Emma Thompson on
the scourge of potato crisps.
Quotes of the Week - August 11, 2008:
"That wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad,
which means I'm running for President. So thanks for the endorsement
white-haired dude, and I want America to know I'm, like, totally
ready to lead." -- Paris Hilton lampoons a John McCain US presidential
campaign video using her image.
"I respected him, and he respected me." -- Osama bin Laden's
former driver, Salim Hamdan, tells a military court he never suspected
bin Laden was involved in terrorism until after the 9/11 attacks.
"These new bras represent pioneering work." -- Rudiger
Carstens, a spokeswoman for the German federal police, which has
just introduced the 'bulletproof bra'.
"I read the script and it's not bad. The message is I'm a dangerous
lunatic, and that I'm possessed by monkeys." -- Singer Iggy
Pop on a forthcoming Hollywood movie based on his life.
Quotes of the Week - August 4, 2008:
"I took him aside and said: 'I posed in the nude.' He said:
'Oh, I like this one. Can I have a print?'" -- Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
recalls the moment she told her husband French President Nicolas
Sarkozy full details of her modeling career.
"[It] is now unimaginable to many people that this court could
acquit me. I believe that this fact seriously jeopardises the trial
itself." -- On trial at UN war crimes tribunal, former Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says he is victim of media witchhunt.
"Sugar is responsible for a lot of deaths. Arguably more than
crack cocaine." -- Guy Ritchie, who is married to Madonna.
"He's the biggest celebrity in the world. But is he ready to
lead." -- John McCain launched an advertisement asking this
question about Barack Obama's suitability for US presidency.
"Green protesters are our best passengers. They're always flying
off to their demonstrations." -- Ryanair chief executive Michael
O'Leary on why he believes critics of budget airlines are hypocrites.
Quotes of the Week - July 29, 2008:
"Wall Street got drunk and now it's got a hangover. And the
question is how long will it sober up and not try to do those fancy
financial instruments?" -- US president George Bush ponders
America's financial services meltdown.
"Thank God my brother is alive and healthy. He has lost weight
but he is normal and reasonable. He knows whether or not he is guilty."
-- Luka Karadzic, brother of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic, arrested for war crimes.
"Too often [the Church] is weighted down and burdened with
the sins and failings of her children; too often she appears disfigured
and discouraged." -- Pope Benedict XVI.
Quotes of the Week - July 22, 2008:
"What is the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't wander
down Grafton Street thinking he's Bono." -- Irish music promoter
and TV personality Louis Walsh.
"Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division,
of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain
of false promises." -- Pope Benedict XVI on the perils of materialism.
"May the cheaters get caught. May they go away." -- Christian
Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, after stage winner Riccardo
Ricco tests positive for blood-booster EPO.
"I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 per cent
of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free
sources within 10 years." -- Al Gore challenges the US to commit
to meeting all its electricity needs with renewable sources by 2018.
Quotes of the Week - July 15, 2008:
"You are my lord, you're my darling, you're my orgy, my charming
prince." -- Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's tribute to husband, Nicholas
Sarkozy, president of France.
"Barack, he's talking down to black people. I want to cut his
nuts off." -- Jesse Jackson, US Democrat and civil rights activist,
about his party's presidential candidate Barack Obama.
"Many things that happened in the jungle we have to leave in
the jungle." -- Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, refuses to
discuss certain details about her six years of captivity in jungles
"Europe is a family of 27 nations, we can't leave anyone behind."
-- Nicolas Sarkozy, French President, urging European Parliament
to speed negotiations over Lisbon Treaty.
Quotes of the Week - July 8, 2008:
"If I see something sagging, bagging and dragging, I'm going
to nip it, tuck it and suck it." -- Dolly Parton reveals her
"I get there, I put on clothes, I leave it on the hanger and
I go home." -- Gisele Bundchen on the arduous life of a supermodel.
Quotes of the Week - July 1, 2008:
"What is so special is that you spend 27 years in prison, you
come out and you do the thing that everyone thought was impossible
to do, become president of the nation and change the way people
feel about Africa." -- Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela on his
"We have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans
in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighboring
Zimbabwe." -- Nelson Mandela speaks out against Robert Mugabe.
"I won't lie to you and say that I always enjoy the campaigning,
but when the days get a little long and I get a little frustrated,
I remind myself that I have a ringside seat on American history."
-- Cindy McCain, wife of US presidential candidate John McCain.
"Sixty-six pence per person in the country - less than the
price of two pints of milk or a download to an iPod." -- Buckingham
Palace spokesman explains the cost of the Queen to British nation.
Quotes of the Week - June 24, 2008:
"We are not going to give up our country because of a mere
X. How can a ballpoint fight with a gun?" -- Zimbabwe's President
Robert Mugabe hints he will cling to power, whatever the outcome
of the election for president.
"To come out with this kind of hugely expensive and over-the-top
burger and to have 80 million people going to bed hungry every night
is just to shoot yourself in the foot." -- David Tuciker of
War on Want, the anti-poverty group, as Burger King launches a $200
burger, consisting of Japanese-style Wagyu, Italian truffles and
Spanish cured ham.
"This could revolutionize transport." -- Mayor of Paris
Bertrand Delanoe unveils a green scheme under which the city is
to provide electric cars that drivers can pick up and drop off wherever
Quotes of the Week - June 17, 2008:
"I think that, in retrospect, I could have used a different
rhetoric. Phrases such as 'bring them on' or 'dead of alive' indicated
to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace." -- US
President George W Bush regrets being so hawkish over Iraq.
"The nation will live to regret what the court has done today."
-- US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after the court rules
foreign terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay can challenge their detention
in US courts.
"He didn't like the nose." -- Courtroom sketch artist
Janet Hamlin on the response of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed
mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, after he saw a sketch of himself.
Quotes of the Week - June 10, 2008:
"Kids, drink responsibly or you'll end up looking like this,
not pretty." -- Pop star Lily Allen, in her MySpace blog, after
she was carried out of the British Glamour magazine's Woman of the
Year Awards by a security guard after getting totally drunk.
"I backed off wrongly, sideways like a crab." -- British
TV chat show host Michael Parkinson, after being knighted by Queen
"You know who I am, right? I'm researching a part - I'm doing
this for a part. I've been clean for a long time. Today was the
first time I was relapsing, but you guys saved me. Can you let me
go?" -- Tatum O'Neill to police officers who arrested her for
allegedly buying crack cocaine from a street dealer.
"One of the founding fathers of rock and roll has left the
building he helped construct." -- Announcement of the death
of Bo Diddley, by his management agency.
Quotes of the Week - June 3, 2008:
"In some ways the Web is the most important book in the world."
-- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, on the company's e-reader, The
"This may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of
this kind." -- Bill Clinton, husband of US presidential hopeful
Hillary Clinton, on the eve of what political pundits anticipate
to be her withdrawal from the Democratic campaign.
"The so-called international misers theory is totally unfounded."
-- China's commerce minister Chen Deming, refuting Chinese netizens'
claim that multinational corporations such as Nokia and McDonald's
donated little to help Sichuan earthquake victims. According to
Chinese Internet portal Sina.com, corporations have donated or pledged
more than $1 billion.
Quotes of the Week - May 27, 2008:
"Those 20 envelopes won't shake up German democracy."
-- Spokesman for Deutsche Post after stamps depicting Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess are accidentally issued.
"It was painful, and it was a big struggle, and I didn't understand
it." -- Madonna reflects on the media uproar over her adoption
of a Malawi infant.
"I'm at the fish counter and a man, with his 13-year-old daughter,
is talking to me about sex. Nice to be recognized but, frankly,
all I wanted was some clams." -- Kim Cattrall, the randy one
from Sex and the City.
"There's always someone younger and prettier." -- Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow, 35, faces Hollywood reality.
Quotes of the Week - May 20, 2008:
"I wish for the recovery of my daughter Kerstin, the love of
my children, the protection of my family and for people with heart
and compassion." -- Elisabeth Fritzl, the Austrian woman kept
as a sex slave by her father for 24 years thanks people for their
support in a handwritten message on a notice board in the square
of her home town.
"No foreigners allowed." -- Burmese police officer stopping
aid workers from entering cyclone-stricken communities in the Irrawaddy
"My wife wouldn't let me retire. She kicks me out of the door
at 7am every morning. She's quite a formidable person." --
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson after his team won the
Premier League title.
"I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
-- US President George W Bush explaining why he quite the game in
Quotes of the Week - May 13, 2008:
"We have lit the torch on top of the world." -- Climber
on Chinese mountaineering team that took Olympic flame to top Mount
"I am not a monster. I could have killed them all, and no one
would have known." -- Josef Fritzl, 73, the Austrian man who
fathered seven children with daughter he imprisoned in a cellar
for 24 years.
"Every US President has to have a war." -- Mikhail Gorbachev,
former Soviet President, claiming the US military buildup risks
leading to a new cold war with Russia.
"We will not just bring our supplies to an airport, dump it
and take off." -- Anthony Banbury, UN World Food Program Regional
Director, on why relief agencies were having trouble getting food
aid to cyclone survivors in Burma.
Quotes of the Week - May 5, 2008:
"I am so sorry. I had no idea." -- Elizabeth Fritzl, mother
of the girl kept prisoner in a basement in Austria for 24 years
by her father who fathered seven children with her.
"Some of the comments that Rev Wright has made offend me, and
I understand why they offend the American people. He does not speak
for me. He does not speak for the American people." -- Barack
Obama on his old pastor.
"I am sure I had it. It's why men want to bonk everything that
moves." -- Singer Chris de Burgh explaining how a mid-life
crisis made him want to have sex with his children's nanny.
"Hillary Clinton is talking tough. She said if Israel is ever
attacked by Iran, she would obliterate Iran. Although, she does
admire the Iranians for stoning adulterers." -- Chatshow host
Quotes of the Week - April 29, 2008:
"A homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer. The football
world is not designed for them. It's a special world in which you
stand naked under the showers." -- Former Juventus general
manager Luciano Moggi.
"If the human race is to continue for another million years,
we will have to boldly go where no one has gone before." --
Professor Stephen Hawking calls for more investment in space travel.
"My own years as a teenager were marred by a sinister regime
that thought it had all the answers. Its influence grew, infiltrating
schools and civil bodies as well as politics and even religion,
before it was recognized for the monster it was." -- Pope Benedict
XVI on Nazism, speaking to seminarians and young people at St. Joseph's
Seminary in Yonkers, New York, during his first papal visit to the
Quotes of the Week - April 22, 2008:
"We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry.
It is more important to have good priests than to have many priests."
-- Pope Benedict.
"In the US and Europe over the last year we've been focused
on the prices of gasoline at the pump. While many worry about filling
their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to
fill their stomachs. And it's getting more and more difficult every
day." -- IMF chief Robert Zoellick.
"I don't need to be on TV on a Saturday night; I do it because
I love helping these performers." -- Composer Andrew Lloyd
Weber hits back at Kevin Spacey's accusations that his reality television
shows are basically just long advertising campaigns for his musicals.
Quotes of the Week - April 14, 2008:
"Sometimes I think that when people become famous, there's
a public perception that they are not human beings any more."
-- Writer Salmon Rushdie.
"The Left doesn't even have good taste in women. Ours are more
beautiful and, moreover, all have super degrees." -- Italian
politician Silvio Berlusconi predicts an electoral victory, with
beauty, brains and The Right on his side.
"I feel my entire life up until this moment has crystallised
and come to fruition since I met this woman." -- 53-year-old
action hero Bruce Willis, about 29-year-old underwear model Emma
Heming, who is his girlfriend.
Quotes of the Week - April 7, 2008:
"The evidence provided no basis whatsoever in suggesting that
(Prince Philip) was involved in killing his daughter-in-law, One
of the regrettable features of this case is the number of people
who have told lies in the witness box or elsewhere." -- Lord
Justice Scott Baker, presiding at the Princess Diana Inquest.
"How did Bush go from being an alcoholic bum to the most powerful
figure in the world?" -- Film director Oliver Stone, who is
making a movie about President George W. Bush.
"The Chinese have made sure that for a few hours, Paris will
look like Tiananmen Square. I think it's shameful." -- Robert
Menard, of Reporters Without Borders, on the heavy police turnout
promised in Paris to deter protests as the Olympic torch passes
through that city.
Quotes of the Week - March 31, 2008:
"I do not think that is any of your business." -- Chelsea
Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton, asked if her mother's credibility
was damaged during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
"Within me, there is a charitable disposition." -- President
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe denies he is a tyrant.
"Vice President Dick Cheney is in Baghdad. While he was in
Iraq, he said that it's a successful endeavour. At least I think
that's what he said. It was hard to hear over the explosions."
-- Chatshow host David Letterman.
"We have enemies for whom no attack is too cruel." --
Presumptive Republican nominee for US President John McCain.
Quotes of the Week - March 24, 2008:
"They can examine my pulse, my urine, my stool, everything."
-- The Dalai Lama invites Chinese authorities to investigate whether
he was behind the rioting in Tibet.
"Even President Bush is starting to get worried about this
economy being out of control, you know. I mean, gold is over $1,000
an ounce. Oil, over $100 a barrel. Hookers, $5,000 an hour."
-- Chatshow host Jay Leno, referring to the Governor of New York's
links to a prostitute.
"I saw a photo of me taken at the wrap party for Miami Vice.
I looked awful. My eyes were dead. That night I got on a plane and
checked into rehab. I was just broken." -- Colin Farrell on
his decision to check into rehab.
Quotes of the Week - March 17, 2008:
"We have no business qualifications, we don't understand marketing,
and we're not very good at it." -- Michael and Xochi Birch,
who are set to make in excess of $850m from the sale of the Bebo
social networking site to AOL.
"Whether intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural
genocide is taking place." -- The Dalai Lama, calling for international
action in wake of Chinese crackdown on rioters in Tibet.
"I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you stranger."
-- The Joker as played by Heath Ledger in the new Batman movie The
Dark Knight set to release this summer. Producers say no edits
will be made to Ledger's dialogue to reflect the actor's death.
Quotes of the Week - March 10, 2008:
"They say fags and booze are bad for you - but I'm still here."
-- Britain's oldest employee Buster Martin, aged 101, after running
a half marathon.
"It's a bit like a Travelodge, minus the mini bar and room
service." -- Englishwoman Kate Knight, jailed for trying to
kill her husband, on prison life. She tried to kill him by slipping
anti-freeze into his wine and curry.
"I saw this crocodile and thought I'd tease it a bit with a
small bit of bait, just to get it in quite close to me for the picture.
I was playing around, pointing at it, laughing - when it suddenly
jumped at me. I didn't realize crocs were so aggressive" --
Novon Mashiah a tourist in Australia's Northern Territory annoyed
a croc beside his boat so much it jumped out of the water at him.
Quotes of the Week - March 3, 2008:
"We shot this on two handicams in three weeks for 100 grand.
We never thought we would be up here tonight." -- Irish singer
with The Frames Glen Hansard accepting the Oscar for best original
song for Falling Slowly, from the film Once.
"I don't think we've ever been moved so deeply." -- Jon
Deak, of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which made a historic
debut in North Korea.
"Talk is cheap. Flouting the rules is expensive." -- Neelie
Kroes, EU competition commissioner, which fined Microsoft a record
$1,35 billion for failing to fully comply with a 2004 antitrust
Quotes of the Week - Feb 25, 2008:
"He's a man of great character." -- Cindy McCain, wife
of US presidential candidate John McCain, following rumors he had
a fling with a female lobbyist.
"Kosovo is ours! Kosovo is Servia." -- Serb protesters
gathering at US embassy in Belgrade to protest the independence
"It's not allowed for a woman to sit with a strange man and
talk and drink coffee together." -- Saudi Arabia defends the
arrest of a US woman for having coffee with a colleague.
"Washington is a place where good ideas go to die." --
US presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
"People get very snotty when I say I want to bring Mozart to
the masses, but what was Mozart if not a pop star?" -- pianist
and TV presenter Myleene Klass.
Quotes of the Week - Feb 19, 2008:
"My conscience will not allow me to continue with business
as usual." -- Steven Spielberg steps down as artistic adviser
to the Beijing Olympics in protest at China's stance on the conflict
"I feel like I am 20 again, but with arthritis." -- Sylvester
Stallone, 61, returns as Rambo.
"He would probably not last long, a black man in the position
of president. They would kill him. Hillary is a very sharp lady.
It might be calmer if she wins." -- Nobel Prize winner Doris
Lessing on Barack Obama and the US presidency.
"For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations,
their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for
the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for
the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and
a proud culture, we say sorry." -- Australian Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd apologises for the past mistreatment of Aborigines.
Quotes of the Week - Feb 12, 2008:
"We hold in our hands the solution to the global tobacco epidemic
that threatens the lives of one billion men, women and children
during this century." -- World Health Organisation Director-General
Dr. Margaret Chan, launching WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic,
"Stay natural. I've been through all this. Look at the state
of me." -- Glamour model Jordan (Katie Price).
"We are less of an underdog than we were two weeks ago. Two
weeks ago we were a big underdog, now we're a slight underdog."
-- Barack Obama.
"I think the results last night prove the wisdom of my investment."
-- Hillary Clinton on lending $5m of her own money to her presidential
Quotes of the Week - Feb 5, 2008:
"I see this as the beginning of the new age in which we will
communicate with billions of planets across the universe."
-- Yoko Ono on Nasa announcement they will beam into space The Beatles
song Across the Universe.
"I was friends with Hillary Clinton before we started this
campaign. I will be friends with Hillary Clinton after this campaign
is over." -- Barack Obama on his Democratic rival in US presidential
"We had never heard of her. We had to look her up in Wikipedia"
-- Spokesman for Woolworths stores in UK, who were forced to withdraw
a children's bed named "Lolita" after mothers objected
Quotes of the Week - Jan 28, 2008:
"I know I'm ugly, but I need love like everyone else."
-- Yu Zhenhuan, 29, from China, the world's hairiest man.
"Sorry for being topless." -- How Carla Bruni, official
girlfriend to President Sarkozy of France, once greeted a surprised
"'I'll now have the opportunity to do this 24 hours a day on
a platform that goes on for ever." -- Oprah Winfrey launches
her own digital channel, Oprah Winfrey Network.
Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn't
stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."
-- Heath Ledger speaking to reporters recently. He died this week.
Quotes of the Week - Jan 21, 2008:
"Being a scientologist, when you drive past an accident it's
not like anyone else when you drive past. You're really the only
one that can help." -- Tom Cruise on Scientology.
"Musharraf has destroyed Pakistan. The whole of Pakistan is
drowned in blood." -- Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif
on President Pervez Musharraf.
"He talks about it as though I had laid it all out there for
the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert.
That's not how it was." -- Monica Lewinsky on her encounters
with Bill Clinton.
"I am allergic to domestic goddesses. Men would prefer a woman
with a dirty mind to a clean house." -- Kathy Lette.
Quotes of the Week - Jan 14, 2008:
"It's not easy and I could not do it if I just didn't passionately
believe it was the right thing to do. I have had so many opportunities
from this country, I just don't want us to fall back. This is very
personal for me. It is not just political. I see what's happening.
We have to reverse it. Some people think politics is a game. It
is about our country. It is about our kids' future." -- A tearful
Hillary Clinton on the US presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire.
"Jerry Springer is an appalling man. This isn't entertainment,
this is an absolute disgrace. We are very unhappy with this so-called
special event." -- Spokesman for America's Little People Organisation
on the US TV host who featured a punch-up involving two midgets.
"People live with their choices, and the choice not to play
by the rules has been compounded by the choice to break the law."
-- Judge Kenneth Karas after sentencing Olympic track star Marion
Jones to six months in prison and two years of probation. Jones
pleaded guilty in October of lying to a federal agent in 2003 about
her use of steroids
"Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with
modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus." -- Helen
Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand, on the death of Sir Edmund
Hillary, who in 1953 became the first person to climb Mt. Everest.
"Over the last week, I listened to you and, in the process,
I found my own voice." -- Hillary Clinton, thanking voters
of New Hampshire after her victory in the state's Democratic primary
despite pollster predictions that opponent Barack Obama would win.
"Tonight, we sure showed 'em what a comeback looks like."
-- John McCain, after winning the New Hampshire Republican primary
despite declining poll numbers and funding.
Quotes of the Week - Jan 7, 2008:
"You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose." -- Hillary
Clinton, accusing her Democrat rival Barack Obama of lacking substance
ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
"If Jesus came back today, I think he'd throw up." --
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura on politics and organized religion in
his upcoming book Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!
"She is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention."
-- Dr. Phil McGraw, after meeting pop star Britney Spears before
her release from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He later canceled
a one-hour show that was to examine her latest public meltdown .
"It's intimidating to think you might be arrested for something
on your blog. On the other hand, this means that these voices on
the blogosphere are being heard." -- Ahmad Al-Omran of Saudi
Arabia, after the country's Interior Ministry confirmed that blogger
Fouah al-Farhan was being held for "purposes of interrogation".
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