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I haven't seen a PLA soldier shoot anyone all day - Jethro Lee- Mahoney, manager of the 104-year-old Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

My advice is to quit while you are behind - Tony Blair, Prime Minister, to William Hague, Leader of the Opposition, after the Budget

To stop people buggering badgers, and to stop people badgering buggers - Lord Arran, who piloted the homosexual reform Bill through the Lords in 1967, stating his objectives in life

The thing I dread is getting on a bit and walking up and down Wardour Street, trying to collar people and saying "I'm sure I've got one more film left in me" - Sir David Puttnam, film director

We alone seem determined to see our own time of greatness as subject for no more than guilt or at best the ghastly joke-patriotism of the Last Night of the Proms - John Casey, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on the demise of the British Empire

I'm not bitter ... I am perplexed more than anything else - Neil Hamilton, former minister, on the damning Downey report

I am perplexed that Mr Hamilton is perplexed ... it is a very perplexing perplexity - Martin Bell, who stood against Mr Hamilton as an anti-sleaze candidate in the General Election and won

How dare anyone criticise Diana for taking up this heart-rending cause? Diana's stand deserves the utmost praise - Clare Short, Cabinet minister, on Diana, Princess of Wales's anti-land mine campaign