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2010 Quotes of the Year - Top Quotes of 2010

Quotes of the Week - Dec 31, 2010:
"I will never confirm whether I worked in intelligence." -- Anna Chapman, who achieved celebrity status after she and nine others were accused of being Russian sleeper agents and deported from U.S. six months ago."

"What we agreed to is not what we got." -- Cameron Winklevoss, who, with his identical twin, is trying to undo $65 million deal against Facebook they settled on in 2008 for a chance to win more; they say they had the original idea for the social networking site and Mark Zuckerberg stole it.

"Our campaign has not come to a stop. This will be a long battle." -- Wang Chen, head of China's State Council Information Office, referring to his country's Internet crackdown.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 28, 2010:
"I don't want to write this book, but I have to." -- Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, saying he has signed publishing deals to release an autobiography next year to keep his organization from going under and cover his legal costs in fighting extradition to Sweden.

"It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public." -- US talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, asked if thought of Sarah Palin running for president scares her.

"This day has come! 'Don't ask, don't tell' is over, and you no longer have to sacrifice your integrity." -- Mike Almy, US Air Force major, discharged four years ago when his sexual orientation became known, on President Obama signing the historic repeal into law.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 21, 2010:
"They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do." -- Betty White, 88-year-old comedian and actress, on being named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press.

"We have to ask ourselves what was wrong in our preaching, in our entire way of configuring the Christian being, to allow something like that to happen." -- Pope Benedict XVI, on cases of sexual abuse of children inside the Catholic Church. The Pope said the abuse crisis had brought "shame" to the church.

"I'm about as calm as a person who's about to give birth to such a humongous baby can be." -- Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, on January 1st launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, her new cable channel.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 14, 2010:
"We can agree that in the wealthiest nation on earth, all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow." -- Michelle Obama, US First Lady, on child-nutrition bill signed into law by President Obama.

"There's a first time for everything." - Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall, reacting to attack on car carrying her and her husband Prince Charles by student protesters in London who were opposing a rise in tuition fees.

"Liu has only exercised his civil rights. He has not done anything wrong. He must be released." -- Thorbjorn Jagland, head of Nobel Committee, at ceremony to award Chinese human rights activists Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize. As Liu is jailed in China, an empty chair stood where he would have been seated.

"Caning in Malaysia has hit epidemic proportions." -- Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director, after release of report urging country to halt the practice; upwards of 10,000 people are caned in Malaysia every year.

"This is one sweet dollar of vindication." -- Aaron and Christine Boring, celebrating a 1$ settlement with Google. The couple accused the company of trespassing when photos were taken of their home for Google's Street View feature.

"I'm not even kind of a lesbian." -- Oprah Winfrey, talk-show queen, in interview with Barbara Walters that has not yet aired, breaking down when confronting the rumors about her sexual orientation.

Quotes of the Week - Dec 7, 2010:
"I unfortunately have never in my life been to a wild party." -- Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, insisting, amid a scandal stemming from alleged sex parties at his estate, that he throw only elegant, dignified soirees at his villas.

"There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation, I thank you." -- Rowan Somerville, novelist, who won the Bad Sex in Fiction prize for scene in his book The Shape of Her.

"He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands, Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qa'ida and Taliban leaders?" -- Sarah Palin on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty." - Mike Huckabee, US republican party presidential hopeful, on leaking of documents to WikiLeaks.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 9, 2010:
"It's better to like beautiful girls than to be gay." -- Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, speaking about his latest scandal, in which a teenage girl told of the "bunga bunga" orgies she witnessed at his home when she was 17.

"I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want." -- Stephen Fry, actor, claims straight women don't really like sex.

"I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do." -- George W. Bush, writing in his new memoir, Decision Point, that he still feels bad no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

Quotes of the Week - Nov 2, 2010:
"If I was in his house, where the hell was she?" -- Loredana Jolie, one of Tiger Woods's mistresses, blames the golfer's then wife for his string of affairs.

"What this country needs is a little bit of good old Reaganism - lower taxes, less government intrusion and over-reach, smaller, smarter government." -- Sarah Palin campaigning in US mid-term elections.

"This prize belongs to everyone, everyone who is Chinese and has been fearless in defending their dignity." -- Liu Xia, wife of jailed Chinese Novel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, inviting 143 Chinese activists and academics to award ceremony in Oslo. She remains under house arrest.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 26, 2010:
"If geek means you're willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble." -- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

"My handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein." -- Professor Stephen Hawking on his student days.

"I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something." -- Virginia Thomas, wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a voice mail left for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing the Justice of sexual harassment in 1991.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 19, 2010:
"I was with God and I was with the devil. They fought over me but God won. I think I had extraordinary luck." -- Mario Sepulveda, one of 33 Chilean miners rescued after being trapped 2,000 feet below ground for 69 days.

"When I was young, everybody on screen was gorgeous. I think showbusiness has lost a lot of its magic in that way. I have to say, there aren't that many good-looking actresses around today. I mean, there's Angelina Jolie and there's . . . Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston is cute but I wouldn't call her beautiful. She's no Ava, Lana or Audrey." -- Joan Collins, actress.

"She was a Nazi - she was a really terrible person." -- Germaine Greer, writer, on her mother.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 12, 2010:
"Generally for me, slimness comes with a little bit of upset or stress. I'd rather be fat and happy, to be honest." -- Charlotte Church, singer, offers some diet advice.

"We'd like to spread the culture of fun - and safety." -- Candice Iyog, VP for marketing of Philippine airline Cebu Pacific, on in-flight safety demos, during which flight attendants dance to Lady Gaga music to keep passengers' attention.

"I am sitting here as a suspect because I have spoken ... nothing but the truth." -- Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian, on trial in Amsterdam for allegedly inciting hatred against Muslims by comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.

Quotes of the Week - Oct 5, 2010:
"Few children of famous people succeed. Most of them are little shits." -- Jamie Oliver, TV chef and celebrity childcare guru.

"We have to wage peace." -- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind plan to build Islamic cultural center near New York City's Ground Zero, saying project is meant to create platform for moderate Muslims and curb extremism.

"Israeli government policies are not supported by all Jews." -- Richard Kuper, member of group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, which sent supply boat to blockaded Gaza Strip. It was intercepted by Israeli forces.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 28, 2010:
"I'm an optimist. I think I will return to Tibet with a Chinese passport." -- The Dalai Lama, on China eventually dropping its hard-line policies and letting him return to Tibet.

"My mother was a great believer in child labor." -- British food writer Nigella Lawson started cooking early.

"Please do something! We don't want to die of hunger ... I give glory to God that I am still alive, but I would like to stay that way!" --Marjorie Saint Hilaire, in letter of complaint from Haitian tent city that lacks vital provisions almost nine months after Jan 12 earthquake.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 21, 2010:
"We thought we could put it to better use." -- Yigal Palmor, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, on his country's purchase of Twitter account @israel from Israel Melendez, a Spanish owner of pornographic website.

"We don't want to hear another apology." -- Margaret Kennedy, of Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group, on Pope Benedict's visit to Britain.

"I am a femme fatale, my dear." -- Carla Bruni, French first lady, shrugs off any suggestion of image problem.

"Women are lining up to marry me. Legend has it, I know how to do it." -- Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 14, 2010:
"They talk about me like a dog." -- Barack Obama, on Republican opponents and other critics during a Milwaukee labor rally.

"I feel happy because I'm unique." -- Edward 'Nino' Hernandez, on being dubbed world's shortest man. The 24-year-old Colombian stands 27 in. (69 cm).

"A lot of people say, 'I would rather have a heart attack at the height of sexual passion'. I think I would prefer to be killed by a bookcase." -- Tom Stoppard, on the ideal way to die.

"I'm definitely a good player." -- Usain Bolt, 24-year-old record holding Jamaican sprinter, says he would like to play soccer professionally once his track and field career in over.

Quotes of the Week - Sept 7, 2010:
"I thought it was gum." -- Paris Hilton, denying responsibility for packet of cocaine Las Vegas police found in her bag.

"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead." -- Barack Obama, on rumors he was not born in US.

"I heard that 60 is the new 40, so I am making 70 the new 50." -- Cliff Richard, who has posed topless for his 2011 official calendar.

"Conan. Simple. Pure. Like the man himself." -- Conan O'Brien, announcing namne of his upcoming show, set to premiere on Nov 8.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 31, 2010:
"This is like metastisised anti-Semitism . . . It's not even Islamophobia, It's hate of Muslims." -- Daisy Khan, wife of Imam who wants to erect mosque near Ground Zero in New York.

"It's just a cat, at the end of the day." -- Mary Bale, the Briton who received death threats after online video showed her putting cat in trash can.

"So scary. Just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knives. Cops are here arresting him." -- Tweet from Paris Hilton.

"I'm still au naturel, but I do wear exceptionally well cut bikinis." -- Liz Hurley denies having breast implants.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 24, 2010:
"Barack Obama is the worst President in history." -- Ben Quayle, son of former US Vice President.

"He is a bit old." -- Fabio Capello, England soccer coach, saying he doesn't plan to pick David Beckham, 35, for any more competitive matches.

"I am not on the Earth to be bullied by women journalists who envy my freedom, my courage, my talent and my arse. I have a fantastic arse." -- Sinead O'Connor, singer, resents criticism of her recent wedding.

"I'm no Tom Jones but I'm doing better than Nick Clegg." -- UK X Factor finalist Olly Murs, reveals his sexual conquests now number more than 30.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 17, 2010:
"Your face tells a story - and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office." -- Julia Roberts says no to Botox.

"If you can hold it down on the smokes and the cocktails, you may be well advised to do so." -- Christopher Hitchens, author and columnist, warning others against his habits after his diagnosis of life-threatening osophageal cancer.

"To the passenger who called me a motherfucker, fuck you., I've been in this business for years and that's it I've had it." -- Air steward Steven Slater, who grabbed two bottles of beer and slid down the emergency chute after being abused by a passenger.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 10, 2010:
"They were kind of dirty looking pebbles. I didn't know. I'm used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box. These are the kind of diamonds I am used to seeing." -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell on alleged blood diamonds it is claimed she received from African dictator Charles Taylor.

"I'm perpetually lonely. I'm lonely when I'm in relationships. It's my condition as an artist ... I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me." -- Singer Lady Gaga.

"You are the chosen one dun dun dun." -- Kanye West, tweeting to the only person, a young British man, he has chosen to follow on Twitter.

Quotes of the Week - Aug 3, 2010:
"They're making more than the President." -- Cory Christ, resident of Los Angeles suburb Bell, where three top city officials resigned after they admitted to severely inflating their salaries, one of them earning nearly $800,000.

"After 20 years she doesn't have to carry this on her conscience any more and that's a kind of relief." -- French lawyer Frank Berton, on his client Dominique Cottrez, who confessed to suffocating eight of her newborn babies between 1989 and 2007.

"It's a good thing to be old, because that means you haven't died yet, right?" -- Actress Penelope Cruz.

Quotes of the Week - July 27, 2010:
"Refudiate. English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it." -- Sarah Palin, US Republican party pin-up and creator of word 'refudiate', compares herself to Bard.

"The donkey screamed, and children cried." -- Larisa Tuchkova, police spokeswoman in southern Russia, after donkey was made parasail as part of advertising stunt - an animal-cruelty investigation ensued.

"I saw the bodies. My father-in law's was quite well preserved. I recognized his black winter coat with some holes in it." -- Mircea Oprean, son-in-law of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, whose bodies were exhumed in attempt to confirm location of their long-disputed graves.

Quotes of the Week - July 20, 2010:
"Well, that wasn't so hard." -- @BPGlobel PR, a spoof Twitter account, on news that Gulf of Mexico oil leak may be plugged.

"Spain's name willbe on top of the world for the next four years." -- Iker Casillas, captain of Spanish soccer team, on winning 2010 World Cup.

"Can you imagine? I arrive in front of other guests, and I leave with cash? This is slander." - Nicolas Sarkozy, French President, defends himself against allegations of illegal campaign financing stemming from meals at estate of Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the L'Oréal fortune.

Quotes of the Week - July 13, 2010:
"Are you serious?" -- Lindsay Lohan, to attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, after a judge sentenced the 24-year-old actress to 90 days in jail for violating her probation for 2007 drunk driving charge.

"The Internet's completely over...All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you." -- Prince, on his plans to withhold online distribution of his new album and instead include it, free, in British newspapers.

"For everything in life, there is always a beginning and an end. This is the tough part, the most difficult thing, when you see that it’s coming: The end." -- Seve Ballesteros, the Spanish golfer, on his fear of dying from brain cancer.

Quotes of the Week - July 6, 2010:
"We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. The cost to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blilghted by the absence of jobs, will be immense." -- Paul Krugman, Nobel prizewinning economist.

"I don't smoke, I hardly drink, I'm a nice girl, I'm a good mum. I'm not having wild sex parties with strangers, so part of me feels entitled to have some trifle." -- TV presenter Vanessa Feltz explains why she is 16st 4lb.

"It's been a while." -- Leon Panetta, CIA Director, answering question about when US last 'had good intelligence' on whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.

Quotes of the Week - June 29, 2010:
"I was conceived in a Petri dish by artificial insemination. It's a horrible, clinical way to be conceived. All my life I've felt as if I'm half a person." -- Caroline Halstead, English wife and mother, whose father was an anonymous sperm donor.

"My farewell was shit. Four years ago, we were heroes. Today, we are basbards. We are shamed. It is a debacle." -- Italy's Gennaro Gattuso after their exit from the soccer World Cup.

"I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in p.r. consulting." -- Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff, after photos showed the BP CEO took time off to go sailing on his yacht with his son instead of dealing with Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Quotes of the Week - June 22, 2010:
"We...insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved." -- Pope Benedict XVI, marking end of Roman Catholic Church's Year of the Priest celebrations with apology for years of sexual abuse of children by priests.

"What happened on Bloody Sunday strengthened the Provisional IRA, increased nationalist resentment and hostility towards the army and exacerbated the violent conflict of the years that followed." -- Britain's Lord Saville, in his report clearing the victims of any blame for the killings during a civil rights march in Derry more than 38 years ago.

"I didn't have the balls. This is not my thing." -- Christian Hernandez, 22-year-old Mexican matador arrested for breach of contract when he dropped his cape and fled from a bull midfight.

Quotes of the Week - June 15, 2010:
"I was sucked in by something I thought was real and I have realized it isn't, and it is not necessarily something I want to be a part of." -- Lily Allen, singer, on the lure of fame.

"The doughnut hole will be gone." -- Barack Obama, addressing senior citizens' concerns about Medicare coverage gap known as the doughnut hole, in which they are forced to pay 100% of prescription-drug costs. The government has begun distributing $250 checks to those affected to start process of closing hole by 2020.

"Fuck my victims. I carried them for 20 years and now I'm doing 150." -- Bernie Madoff, jailed Ponzie king.

Quotes of the Week - June 8, 2010:
"I was in the gutter at that moment." -- Sarah Ferguson, Dutchess of York, saying in interview on Oprah Winfrey Show that she had been drinking when she promised an undercover journalist access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in exchange for more than $700,000.

"You have the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the charm of the guy who shot him." -- Dane Cook, comedian, pays tribute to departing American Idol judge Simon Cowell.

"It would be better for them if their crimes were their cause of death in this life because for them eternal damnation in the fires of hell will be greater." -- Monsignor Charles Scicluna, Vatican chief prosecutor, on pedophile priests.

Quotes of the Week - June 1, 2010:
"The crisis is not over. We are at the next stage. This is where we move from a private to a public debt. We socialized part of the private debt by bailing out financial institutions...But public debt is never a free lunch. Eventually We have to pay for it." -- Nauriel Roubini, the Dr. Doom of economics, who was first to predict the recession.

"Our marriage is absolutely not a business arrangement." -- Victoria Beckham hits back at reports that her marriage to David is a sham.

"These five paintings are unsellable, so thieves, sirs, you are inbeciles. Now return them." -- Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr, director of Palais de Tokyo, on theft of paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse, from Paris Museum of Modern Art.

Quotes of the Week - May 25, 2010:
"George drank the three Bs, a bourbon before dinner, a beer with dinner and then B and B [Brandy and Benedictine liquor], a sweet after-dinner drink. Many times all he had was a beer, but when he poured enough, he could be a bore." -- Laura Bush on her hushband's drinking days.

"No matter how this goes, the euro is likely to suffer looking ahead." -- Jane Foley, research director at Forex.com, saying that even if the European debt crisis can be contained, the euro may continue to drop in value.

"You put in cash ...and you take your gold out." -- Thomas Geissler, entrepreneur, unveiling an ATM stocked with gold bars and coins at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Quotes of the Week - May 18, 2010:
"The greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sin within the church." -- Pope Benedict XVI, on church's widespread sexual-abuse scandal.

"These days nobody seems to be able to keep it in their pants or honor a commitment." -- Raquel Welch, actress, on legacy of contraceptive pill.

"I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend, but with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, ribbing Arizona's new immigration law, in his commencement speech at Emory University in Atlanta.

Quotes of the Week - May 11, 2010:
"You need tough skin to be in this business. I don't have tough skin right now and I don't want it." -- Sandra Bullock taking break from acting to spend more time with adopted son.

"I'll do my fucking best." -- Lady Gaga, asked if she would cut bad language from next show.

"When the tiger gets out and starts creating damage, it's insane to blame the tiger - it's the idiot tiger keeper." -- Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway vice chariman, blames lax government regulations for Wall Street's ills.

Quotes of the Week - May 4, 2010:
"I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans." -- Stephen Hawking, British physicist, on consequences of aliens visiting Earth.

"Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone." -- Jon Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics, on plans to introduce Kevin Keller, an openly gay character, in September issue.

"Television has become predictable, vulgar and nasty." -- Joan Collins.

"Planes have to put up with sandstorms in Africa. The engines are designed to put up with a lot more than existed." -- Richard Branson, saying it was unnecessary to cancel 100,000 European flights because of airborne volcanic ash.

Quotes of the Week - April 27, 2010:
"Many women who do not dress modesty...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes." -- Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Iranian cleric, after severe earthquake warning in Tehran.

"I will not be taking a paternity test, ever!" -- Oprah Winfrey, on Kitty Kelley biography claims that the man who raised her is not her biological dad.

"They're better on his desk than on my chest." -- Sharon Osbourne, on plan to remove breast implants and give them to hubby Ozzy for paperweights.

"We're not snooty, stuck-up, malevolent, malignant creatures, as we're so often portrayed. We're actually kind of cool and hip." -- Helen Mirren on Brits.

Quotes of the Week - April 20, 2010:
"People have to throw away this absurd Vera Wang shopping list which says of a man that he has to earn £100,000 a year, that he has to be able to cut down a tree, play the Spanish guitar, make love all night and cook me a cheese souffle. This is a ridiculously impossible wish list." -- Writer Joanna Trollope.

"There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Ratzinger." -- Hans Kung, Swiss theologian, on role of Pope Benedict XVI in clerical abuse scandals.

"I think the Vatican - they've got more to talk about than the Beatles." -- Ringo Starr, on Vatican newspaper editorial praising band on 40th anniversary of breakup.

Quotes of the Week - April 13, 2010:
"We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations." --Ray Lahood, US Transportation Secretary, after government announced it would fine Toyota a record $16.4m for failing to alert regulators to safety problems with gas pedals on popular models like Camry and Corolla.

"Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, It hit 'em...Look at those dead bastards." --Recording from attack by American military helicopter on Iraqi civilians.

"I used to have a mammogram every year and I just let it slide. I thought: 'I'll get to it'. I didn't realize it had been four years. I would encourage women to have mammograms if at all they can afford it." -- Martina Navratilova on finding out she has breast cancer.

I don't think there's any point now in taking back the name. It would be too artificial, and the fact that I have to explain it to you is a permanent rebuke to the morality of the Victorians for putting him in prison just for being a homosexual. -- Merlin Holland, grandson of Oscar Wilde, on why he will never re-claim his famous name, changed by his grandmother after the writer was imprisoned.

Quotes of the Week - April 6, 2010:
"We make our good very similar to cocaine now." -- Gene-Jack Wang, doctor with US Department of Energy lab, on study confirming fatty foods may be addictive.

"The Christian Brothers were fairly mangled fellows in Navan. Some men speak highly of them. Unfortunately I never saw that. I just remember the brutality. The Paddtbats, the straps that would fly out of the soutane like vipers' tongues, the beatings amidst the prayers - whack!" --Actor Pierce Brosnan on his abuse by religious brothers while a boy at school.

"Of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest." -- J. D. Shapiro, screenwriter on Battlefield Earth, which was recently dubbed worst movie of the decade.

Quotes of the Week - March 30, 2010:
"The concepts of man or woman don't fit me." -- Norrie May-Welby, who became first person in world to be classified genderless after Australian officials altered May-Welby's birth cert to read "neuter".

"There are compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of British passports." --David Miliband, British Foreign Secretary, on expulsion of Israeli diplomat over Mossad's alleged involvement January in assassination of Hamas leader.

"This is a big fucking deal." -- US vice-president Joe Biden to Barack Obama at signing into law of the historic US healthcare program.

Quotes of the Week - March 23, 2010:
"You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated." -- Pope Benedict XVI apologizes to Irish victims of clerical sex abuse.

"After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta." --Tiger Woods on his plan to return to golf at the US Masters on April 8, after having admitted extramarital affairs in December.

"The home was wrecked already. I was not the home wrecker." -- Rielle Hunter, mistress to former Democratic US presidential candidate John Edwards, in her first interview about the affair.

Quotes of the Week - March 16, 2010:
"Listen, he's a nice person, but he couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down traffic." -- Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather on Barack Obama.

"A ban on eating would show China has reached a new level of civilization." --Chinese professor Chang Jiwen on China considering making the eating cats and dogs illegal.

"We used to hustle on over the border for health care...And I think, isn't that kind of ironic now." -- Sarah Palin, former governer of Alaska, admits her family used to go to Canada for medical treatment when she was a child. Canada has a single-payer system, which Palin opposes.

Quotes of the Week - March 9, 2010:
"Young players, young boys, rich boys - this is the problem." -- Fabio Capello the England soccer football manager, says money is spoiling the game.

"I want you to know, Mrs Obama, that I'm your husband's No 1 fan. And not just because he's a black man. He's mixed. And I wouldn't really know what that looks like anyway." --Stevie Wonder greets Michelle Obama, wife of US president.

"I've only been with two men my entire life. I've never even come close to having a one-night stand." -- Actress Megan Fox says she is no man-eater.

Quotes of the Week - March 2, 2010:
"It was like holding the Holy Grail." -- Vincent Zurzolo, Metropolis Collectives, which conducted $1m auction of Action Comics No. 1, featuring first appearance of Superman.

"I've seen bits of it since and I stare blankly at them. I don't remember any of it. At least that's my excuse for all the people who thought it was shite." --Actor Colin Farrell on Miami Vice, a film he made during his drink and drug days.

"I'm living proof that you can survive without sex for that long." -- Jim Gibbons, Nevada governor, saying in deposition in sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against him that he has not been intimate with any woman, including his wife, since 1995.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 23, 2010:
"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems." -- British singer Elton John.

"I killed someone, once. He was a young chap. He had been my lover, and he got AIDS." --Ray Gosling, BBC presenter, in TV documentary on dying.

"If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air." -- Kevin Smith, on Twitter, after being kicked off flight for being too large.

"I have a lot of work to do and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddism." -- Tiger Woods.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 16, 2010:
"I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system. There are some baseball players who are making more than that and don't get to the World Series either, so I am shocked by that as well." -- US President Obama on bankers' bonuses.

"To me he's just a fall guy." --Joe Jackson, father of singer Michael Jackson, on manslaughter charge brought against physician Conrad Murray, for his role in the entertainer's death. Jackson claims his son was victim of a wider conspiracy.

"This is a world of hypocrisy and false values, a world that needs love but does not know how to find it. The people who use the word love are all phonies, starting with that jerk, Bono." -- Words allegedly written by late J.D. Salinger in correspondence with Spectator columnist, Taki.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 9, 2010:
"We've already been to the moon." -- Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on moon in 1969, supports US President Obama's plan to scrap US moon mission.

"This isn't about a lie, or a conspiracy, or a deceit, or a deception. It's a decision." --Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, on his choice to go to war in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.

"Rich People spend a lot more money on their own problems, like baldness, than they do to fight malaria." -- Bill Gates criticizes Italy's low levels of foreign aid in 2009, blaming Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is rumored to have undergone hair transplants.

Quotes of the Week - Feb 2, 2010:
"If vibrators could light the barbie and kill spiders in the bathtub, would we need men at all." -- Kathy Lette, novelist, wonders whether marriage has had its day.

"There'll be a population of demented old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants." -- Martin Amis, novelist, who called for euthanasia booths on street corners in Britain where elderly people could end their lives "with a Martini and a medal".

"I'd rather be a really good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President." -- US President Obama, vows to continue to press for health care reform.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 26, 2010:
"This Senate seat belongs to no one person, to no political party. This is the people's seat." -- Scott Brown, Republican US Senator-elect, after defeating Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in Massachusetts to win the seat long held by Ted Kennedy.

"My kids are sane." -- Michelle Obama, US first lady, on achievement she is most proud in her first year at White House.

"Control is very, very important because if I lost control of all these multi-millionaires in my dressing room, I'm dead. So, if anyone steps out of my control, they're dead." -- Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 19, 2010:
"We want our money back. My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are owed. My determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people." -- US President Barack Obama to the big banks.

"I'm sure it's fun as a networking device for teenagers but there's something a bit undignified about adults using it, particularly celebrities who seem to be showing off buy talking to each other in public." -- Comedian Ricky Gervais on Twitter.

"It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected." -- Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals batting coach, admitting that he used steroids - including in 1998, the year he broke the single-season Major League Baseball home-run record.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 12, 2010:
"Ultimately, the buck stops with me. When the system fails, it is my responsibility." -- US President Barack Obama takes blame for security failures that allowed a would-be bomber get aboard US flight on Christmas Day.

"I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't write, I can't read, I can't talk to people. The worst thing is that I feel it will never end." -- Author Marian Keyes on her depression.

"Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model." -- Robert Hintze, founder of dating site BeautifulPeople.com, which dropped 5,000 members who appeared in photos to have gained weight over the holidays.

"I was the CEO. I was in charge. I'm really very sorry about the pain and suffering and loss that was caused. I take responsibility." -- Gerald Levin, former Tim Warner chairman, taking blame for 2000 merger with AOL - "the worst deal of the century, apparently" - which cost shareholders billions of dollars.

"Meryl Streep looks like an unmade bed." -- Actress Sharon Stone.

Quotes of the Week - Jan 5, 2010:
"Peace begins with a look of respect that recognizes in another man's face a person, regardless of the color of his skin, nationality, language or religion." -- Pope Benedict XVI calls for the respect of all people during the Mass marking the start of the new year.

"I'm not afraid to be one of the martyrs people have offered in the struggle for their just demands." -- Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Iran's opposition leader said he was ready to sacrifice his life in defense of the people's right to hold peaceful protests against the government.

"This is by far the biggest study ever carried out and shows fairly conclusively that the idea of a G-spot is subjective." -- Tim Spector, of King's College London, after a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that the internal female erogenous zone may be a myth.

"We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic - yet we are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people with HIV from entering our own country." -- US President Obama, as U.S. lifts a 22-year immigration ban on people living with HIV/AIDS.

"Dolphins are 'nonhuman persons' who qualify for moral standing as individuals." -- Thomas White, professor of ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; scientists believe that the second most intelligent animals are so bright that they should be treated as humans and not kept in pens or killed for food.

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