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It's pointless talking to drunks because you're not talking to a human being, you're talking to a bloody bottle - Sir James (Jimmy) Savile

Even at my dizzy height of popularity, I knew that the clock would strike 12 and I'd be seen for what I was: unworthy, unattractive, unaccomplished - The Duchess of York to 'Hello!' magazine

It's the spiral of life. You do have to know a bit about science. Life is a spiral - like the hair on a baby's head or in the galaxies - Vanessa Redgrave, actress, describing one of her doodles which was up for auction at Sotheby's

Got to be off. Pity we have got no time for rumpy-pumpy - Lord Healey, Labour peer, ending an interview he gave to a woman reporter.

My problem is not changing my hair. It's keeping it - Tony Blair

He smiles too much, he talks too much, his eyes are glassy, his dentistry is chaotic - Germaine Greer on Tony Blair

I failed the driving test the first time. I wore a shorter skirt the second time - Rory Bremner

I've known Nick for years. But when I am in Waitrose, I cannot hold my head up as a Chelsea Conservative. I fear he has to go - female member of the Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association, which has refused to endorse its MP, Sir Nicholas Scott

I hope it will be out in time for the abolition - John Wells, , who is writing a book on the history of the House of Lords