Quotes of the day - 25 September

Sunday 23 October 2011 05:01

"Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic" - President George Bush, in his televised broadcast to the American people.

"They said we were bad for the youth of Israel, and I think that was a mistake - I don't think we were that bad" - Sir Paul McCartney, referring to the Israeli ban on the Beatles in 1965.

"To a bystander like me, those who made £190 million deliberately underselling the shares of HBOS, in spite of a very strong capital base, and drove it into the arms of Lloyds TSB, are clearly bank robbers and asset strippers - The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

"Marx long ago observed the way in which unbridled capitalism became a kind of mythology, ascribing reality, power and agency to things that had no life in themselves. He was right about that, if about little else" - Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

"Capitalism may be in some sort of crisis at the moment, but I still know of no better way of increasing human wealth and happiness" - Sir Richard Branson.

"This historic move will be heralded as the best thing since sliced bread" - Simon Holt, bakery spokesman for Tesco's, on the relaxation of rules relating to the size and shape of loaves of bread.

"We get better at not bumping teeth when we kiss, which is good practice, right? And I have to apologise to his wife" - Actress Diane Lane on doing love scenes with Richard Gere.

"I owe it to my children and family to put them first. If I do not, then I know that this will be something I will come to deeply regret" - Ruth Kelly, Transport Secretary, who has announced she will be leaving the Cabinet to spend more time with her family.

"A declaration of war" - An unnamed minister describing the handling of the announcement that Ruth Kelly was to leave the Cabinet.

"I can get excitable, but I can also get low, grumpy and miserable as well. I can get quite furious with people. I can have a tantrum but I expect to be forgiven" - Comedian and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones.

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