None of us in this hall today, even the youngest, is likely to see Northern Ireland as anything but a part of the United Kingdom.

Tony Blair

Knowing what I know now, I would have arrested earlier.

Ian Crampton, leading detective in the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation

We are not afraid of anybody and are ready to face the consequences, including sanctions of Western countries.

Pramod Mahajan, adviser to the Indian Prime Minister, as his country completes nuclear tests

If I am no longer trusted I will become a sage and endeavour to get close to God.

President Suharto

The Euro Parliament has given carte blanche to the commercialisation of the human body.

Hiltrud Breyer, German ecologist parliamentarian, as gene patenting law is passed

Ossie Ardiles was on 40 a day when he won the World Cup. It doesn't bother me.

England coach Glenn Hoddle on Paul Gascoigne's 20 cigarettes-a-day habit

We are not just a bunch of refugees begging for charity. We are not guests in this world. We are partners in it, and this partnership cannot be fulfilled without the establishment of a state.

Yasser Arafat

It would be difficult to imagine a better friend or ally than modern Germany. President Clinton in Berlin

You want to depict me as the one who is thwarting the peace effort, and I'm not prepared to accept that.

Benjamin Netanyahu to US peace envoy

Once you make a decision that it is better that the baby dies, you ought to be able to make sure that it dies easily and swiftly. That means by giving it a lethal injection.

Professor Peter Singer, Australian philosopher

If it's Microsoft versus mankind, I'm on the side of mankind.

Larry Ellison, chief of Oracle

My celebration was absolutely horrible, but when you think your dream is dying it is so wonderful to see it come alive again.

Gianfranco Zola of Chelsea on scoring the winner in the final of the Cup Winners' Cup

It was a bit frightening to discover that I was doing 80 miles per hour in a 38-ton lorry with no way of slowing down.

Michael Rayner after his truck's accelerator jammed on the M1

To say he didn't do much for my marriage is an understatement.

Michael Jordache on James Major's relationship with his ex-wife Elaine