Wednesday 26 October 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

"We need to reflect with great seriousness about why many young people don't feel like getting married... For fear of failure, many do not want to even think about it... Many people believe the change that has taken place in recent decades was set in motion by the emancipation of women. But this argument is not valid, it is an insult, a form of misogyny." - Pope Francis.

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"With Gorse Hill, it was a different league of people we were dealing with and I know people were annoyed about the support for a family who know the law inside out, but we're not going to discriminate. I personally stand for the small person in the west of Ireland, but as a group we will support all people."

- Gerry O'Boyle, Land League West.

"I am sorry that for super-democratic states these figures are unacceptable, but there was nothing I could do. If I had interfered it would have been undemocratic, right?"

Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan president on being re-elected with 97.7pc of the vote.

"I loved the game but not always the people I was forced to mix with. Sometimes the conversations were just a bit low for me. The same old stuff every time - I just switched off. If football covers all your emotions, that's just too shallow for me."

- Sol Campbell, former soccer star.

"Being bullied by peers had worse long-term effects on young adults' mental health than being maltreated by adults."

- Professor Dieter Wolke, psychologist, Warwick University, UK.

"Girls are far in advance of boys in their teenage years. It is in the girl's best interests to be educated separately, at least until boys catch up with her."

- Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey school, Buckinghamshire, UK.

"I still don't know if I made the right decision. If they said to me tomorrow morning, 'Would you like to go back?' I'd go back immediately, 100pc."

- Derek Mooney, RTE presenter, who gave up his radio show.

"The nepotism there is the stuff of legend… It just seems to be a place where people get paid to sit in a building."

- Graham Linehan, Father Ted writer, on RTE.

"You're either Miriam O'Callaghan talking shite or another one trying to imitate Miriam O'Callaghan."

- Hector O hEochagain, on his fellow RTE presenters after he lost his 2FM radio show.

"The doomsday scenario for the West is a hi-tech blitz on refineries, power stations and the electric grid, perhaps accompanied with a paralysing blow to the payment nexus of the major banks. We need something like an integrated air-defence system for the whole energy sector."

- General Keith Alexander, former chief of the US National Security Agency.

"I see that a number of persons might consider it appropriate to take the ECB as a possible scapegoat and I think that is not the case at all."

- Jean Claude Trichet, former head of the ECB.

"Women inevitably have to work a little bit harder to be heard. Hollywood is disgustingly sexist. It's crazy."

- Kristen Stewart, Hollywood actress.

"It's unfortunate that women feel they have to resort to something sensational... All the videos I see now are sexy and raunchy. What's the point? I don't get it?"

- Nancy Sinatra, on modern female music stars.

"She doesn't need to do it. She's exceptional. Girl power is about intellect, ambition, drive, compassion, empathy, sensuality, not the size of your arse."

- Paloma Faith, singer, on American star, Beyonce.

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