Saturday 20 December 2014

Quotes of the week

Published 18/05/2014 | 02:30

"Time passed and systems failed. That's the truth of it. And that's a truth that should inform our thinking from now on. We must never be seduced into believing that a once-in-a-lifetime radical reform is enough."

Frances Fitzgerald, Justice Minister, on the justice system.

"I was once a well-respected, ambitious and unblemished member of An Garda Siochana. Through systematic and relentless bullying and intimidation and unmerited scrutiny, I have, in my view, been totally undermined and destroyed."

Garda Keith Harrison, describing what happened to him after he stopped another garda for drink driving.

"The Department of Justice is not fit for purpose. They accepted what the gardai told them."

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport and Tourism.

"I really dream of a world where you don't have to talk about your sexuality; where you are from. Tonight we really showed that we are all part of the same family, not of separate communities."

Thomas Neuwirth, the man behind the character of Conchita Wurst, the bearded lady who won Eurovision.

"This is propaganda aimed at blurring the lines between men and women and creating a model where a person can change anything in their life, including whether they are man or woman. It is the end of modern Europe and does not bode well."

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish conservative opposition leader.

"This showed supporters of European integration their European future – a bearded girl."

Dmitry Rogozin, Russian vice premier.

"There is no limit to our outrage. It is the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don't have men and women any more. They have 'it.' Fifty years ago the Soviet army occupied Austria. We made a mistake in leaving Austria. We should have stayed."

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russian politician.

"I think the reported hottest man in the world should meet with the hottest human rights lawyer in the world."

George Clooney's email that got him a meeting with Amal Alamuddin, now his fiancee.

"He's like my father in a way – loves the chase and is bored with the conquest – and once married needs proof he's still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy."

Jackie Kennedy in a letter, just made public, to an Irish priest about JFK in 1952.

"I still feel the groove and I feel the spirit. What you see with me can't be done with machines."

Martha Reeves, 72, of Martha and the Vandellas.

"I think it is a bit selfish. But secretly I don't want to linger. I don't want to be a burden on anybody. I know I couldn't commit suicide. I'd rather somebody make that decision for me."

Cilla Black, 70, who has said she does not want to live beyond 75.

"You're not supposed to say this in public but an hour or so of grandchildren is grand and the great thing about having grandchildren is that they go away somewhere else to somebody else and they amuse themselves."

Gay Byrne.

"If you did that to somebody I love, I swear to God, I would have personally called you over and broken both your legs. Like, if it was my sister, my mother, I'd be over to your house. I couldn't help myself."

Ryan Tubridy, TV presenter, talking to a man who admitted beating his wife.

"French women seem so elegant and together. They're so intimidating."

Helen Mirren, actress, who reckons English women have an inferiority complex about their French counterparts.

Sunday Independent

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