When they started out they weren't even household names in their own homes - David Mellor, Tory MP, describing Conservative Euro-rebels
If stoning to death were to be applied for adultery, there would be an awful lot of by-elections for this House very quickly - Tony Banks, Labour MP
What leads to a nation's pride and sense of identity is contributed by the chattering of poets, playwrights and novelists. Politicians are quickly forgotten - John Mortimer, defending Britain's intellectual 'chattering classes'
There is something neurotic about writing fiction at all. It's fantasy gone mad. But I have a feeling of malaise if I don't do it - Ruth Rendell
It has been a splendid year for bores. There is a man with glasses who is Prime Minister and there is a man with glasses who is Leader of the Opposition - Ian Hislop, editor of 'Private Eye'
There are more leaks of Government documents than there are in my kitchen colander - Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons
By treating violence as a game without cost, certain sections of the film industry display their contempt for anything other than box-office success - Bryan Forbes, film maker
The more flesh you show, the higher up the ladder you go - Kim Basinger on being a successful Hollywood sex symbol
The landed classes are very rum ones to follow and bad ones to take an example from - the Marquess of Blandford, accusing his father, the Duke of Marlborough, of being 'emotionally bankrupt' by going hunting while the marquess's wife, Becky, lay in a coma following a riding accidentReuse content