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"When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they're doing but because they're doing something different, that's the path whereby freedom starts to erode and bad things happen."

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

"When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they're doing but because they're doing something different, that's the path whereby freedom starts to erode and bad things happen."

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President Obama making a plea for gay equality in Kenya.

"We share so many values, our common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families. But there are some things we don't share, our cultures, our societies don't accept."

Uhuru Kenyata, Kenyan president, in reply.

"People like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it's those people."

Vladimir Putin, Russian president.

"I can stay here till Tib's Eve and make the same point over and over again. I have friends who find it lacking in credibility, so I accept there is going to be a percentage of people who will say, 'How could that have happened?'"

Fintan Drury, former non-executive director of Anglo Irish Bank.

"There are all sorts of different body shapes. If you're a young lady and you happen to be 11 stone, you might be tagged with being obese... I think there is a natural body mass, a natural body shape, and you can be extremely fit while you mightn't look fit."

Ronnie Delany, Irish gold medal-winning Olympian.

"While there may be pressures on the language, you can't have an exclusive reservation here - it's a free country."

Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach, on Gaeltacht areas.

"Serious, controlled, no smile."

Jeremy Masding's note to himself at the top of his speech as he addressed a press conference in his role as chief executive of Permanent TSB over bank mistakes that lost people their homes.

"I'm 35 years older and somehow the dynamic worked. I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished."

Woody Allen, 79, on marrying his step-daughter 23 years ago, when she was 21.

"I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt."

Walter J Palmer, the American dentist who shot Cecil the trophy African lion.

"I think what should happen to Palmer when he is dead is that his body should be dragged for a few miles behind a car and then his head should be cut off and mounted on a wall."

Sharon Osborne, former X Factor judge.

"I was brought up in a generation that despised upper-class people. I was one of the only actors of my background who made it in my twenties. All the rest were working class: Terry Stamp, Albie Finney, Tom Courtney, Michael Caine. No one turned around and said, 'Oi, all those working-class people have got an advantage over you posh twits.'"

James Fox, actor.

"I feel like I've climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship."

Jeremy Clarkson on signing to do a Top gear style show with Amazon Prime Video.

"There is a small percentage, even though maybe it is only 100, but we as Muslims must condemn them and we must not remain silent…because these people are like an infection, they are like a cancer."

Dr Umar al-Qadri, chief executive of Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, on extremists among Muslims in Ireland.

Sunday Independent

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