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We, as black people, have not developed a culture of tolerance and democracy - Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, asked why violence has increased in South Africa

We must know that the life of a human being is very short. We are all going to die - Mohamed Boudiaf, President of Algeria, just before his assassination

If she'd done it during the Civil War, the South would have won - Larry Adler, on Baroness Thatcher's recording of the Gettysburg Address

I have never knowingly made a non-controversial speech in my life - Baroness Thatcher

If you can get to be Vice-President of the United States without knowing how to spell 'potato', surely spelling can't be that important - Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, on John Patten's call for teachers to pay more attention to the subject

If you can't join 'em, beat 'em - Uffe Ellemann- Jensen, Foreign Minister of Denmark, on his country's rejection of the Maastricht treaty and European Championship victory

Tony Benn and I are frequently linked by public and media perception. It is one of the curious manifestations of Englishry that two persons so different can be confused with one another - Enoch Powell

The world has turned topsy-turvy in my lifetime. I deplore it. Why do people say change is progress? - Dame Wendy Hiller

There seems to be a strange subversive undermining of the monarchy around these days that we could all do without - Lady Barlow, chairman of the Monarchist League, Newfoundland

The chance of the Big One now is greater than any time in the past couple of centuries, as far as we know - Ken Hudnut, a geologist at the California Institute of Technology, on the two earthquakes in the state at the weekend