The attitude which has encouraged newspapers and politicians to cry outrage every time lottery money is awarded to arts institutions is one which still tries to present Britain in a cloth cap with a chip on its shoulder - Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery

I don't want to end up in the top-right-hand corner of Celebrity Squares - Susan Tully, quitting 'EastEnders' for the stage

I'm not ever going to be my father. I know that now - Julian Lennon, quitting pop music for the stage

I wasn't searched, quizzed or screened. If I was a terrorist I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven - Justin Dunn, 'Daily Mirror' journalist, who spent 48 minutes walking around the Treasury, Cabinet Office and No 10 Downing Street

It's not very often that I get hugs like that - the Princess of Wales, to a 10-year-old Birmingham schoolboy

You can pontificate in print or on camera all night long, but unless you have submitted yourself for endorsement or rejection to the electorate, you count for very little - Alan Clark, former Conservative MP and minister