Wednesday 26 October 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Pope Francis talks to Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican
Pope Francis talks to Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican

If the Pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later I will start praying again and return to the Catholic church, and I am not kidding. I was really impressed by his wisdom and modesty."

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Raul Castro, Cuban leader, on meeting Pope Francis.

"As potentially the first African-American First Lady, I was the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud or too emasculating? Or was I too soft? Too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman? Then there was the first time I was on a magazine cover. It was a cartoon drawing of me with a huge Afro and a machine gun. Now, yeah it was satire. But if I'm really being honest, it knocked me back a bit. It made me wonder: 'Just how are people seeing me?'"

- Michelle Obama, US First Lady

"It's awful. Don't you think it's awful? You and Mr Fields were married to each other for 10 years roughly. You have got two children. It really doesn't have to be like this. It should never have got this far. Think about what each of you could have done with a million pounds. Just think. You should not be going on like this. Frankly it's very, very unedifying."

- Mr Justice Holman, UK divorce court judge, addressing a wife fighting her husband over a £6m estate with £1m costs already run up.

"Acting is like hooking. What people want to see is what people want to see. What the Americans want to see of the English - they don't want to see snaggle-toothed working class people, obviously. They want to see upper-class people… That's why they love Downton Abbey. The upper-class people are making the films the Americans like."

- Rupert Everett, upper-class English actor.

"My father was sealed off from my talent and I never knew why. Was it homophobia? Was it fear? That was a painful loss for me. But it was also a painful loss, I think, for my dad. That's what prejudice does to people."

- Elton John on his late father's refusal to see him perform.

"To put it bluntly, I would not be surprised if al-Qa'eda in the Arabian Peninsula tomorrow brought down a US airliner travelling from London to New York or from New York to Los Angeles or anywhere else in the United States."

- Michael Morell former No. 2 at the CIA.

"First of all, Hilary has to win the nomination. If she wins the nomination, then she has to win the election. If she wins the election the chances are 100pc I'll move back - if I'm asked… I hope I'll be invited."

- Bill Clinton on the prospect of living in the White House again.

"It's the social networks that don't allow people to dream anymore. It's a pity. It's not that there are no stars. There could be stars, but it's this system. Being a star entails glamour and secrecy. You have to keep something of yourself. You shouldn't display everything of your private life."

- Catherine Deneuve (71) actress.

"I don't have many complaints about the film industry, but I do have one. I think that women, more and more, are part of the industry, and women are also doctors and also lawyers. Women are now able to enter the workforce. But the family and the responsibility that comes with it are still theirs. The hardest part for me was trying to integrate having a career and having a family."

- Isabella Rossellini, actress.

"It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States. Just because he's Johnny Depp does not mean he's exempt from Australian law. There is a process if you want to bring animals into Australia... He can send them back or we will have to euthanise them."

- Barnaby Joyce, Australian agriculture minister.

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