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Run a mile from the woman who has a reputation for being scatty, kooky or crazy. Run two miles from the man described as a bit of a character.

Keith Waterhouse

I shall continue to write cookery books, continue not to appear on television and continue not to dine in other people's restaurants unless I'm thinking of buying them.

Marco Pierre White on his retirement from the kitchen

I can't live on pounds 5,000 a year and a butt of sack. I do have to earn a living.

Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, defending his right to sell a millennium poem

To have the money David does and to say you are Labour, well, that's the difference between him and me.

Annabel Kanabus, sister of "lifelong socialist" Lord Sainsbury of Turville