Quotes of the week
Published 03/01/2016 | 02:30
A look back at the past week in quotes
"I recognise the right of denominational schools to protect their ethos. But we need to look at the Equal Status Act to ensure that parents feel they don't have to baptise their children into a religion they don't believe in just to get a place in their local school."
- Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan calling for new laws to ensure denominational schools set aside places for local children not of the religion.
"I haven't felt any need to change War and Peace. Occasionally, I have written one or two things that Tolstoy forgot to write."
- Andrew Davies, the award-winning screenwriter, said he had deliberately added "a bit more sex" to the adaptation which starts tonight on BBC One, and which will feature some brief nudity and scenes of debauchery from the beginning.
"It is no longer acceptable in British politics to be fat or eccentric or religious."
- Private Eye editor Ian Hislop.
"I find it hard to relax around any man who's got the second button on his shirt undone."
- Actor Bill Nighy.
"Thank God, with the success I've had I've been able to have stability. When I'm at home with the family now, it is a blissfully boring existence."
- Hollywood star Will Ferrell.
"I don't actually know anything much about children. I try to avoid them whenever possible."
- Raymond Briggs, children's writer and creator of The Snowman.
"Honesty is the best policy, they used to tell me as a child in Hebden Bridge long before they conferred on me the title of 'spin doctor', which I regard as a term of abuse."
- Sir Bernard Ingham, who was Margaret Thatcher's press secretary.
"Rock royalty? I'm just the guy shouting in the pub."
- Musician Jools Holland.
"Outside, you are public property. If people talk to me in the street, I don't feel it is an imposition."
- Actress Barbara Windsor, who became a dame in the British New Year Honours List.
"I couldn't believe it when he asked me. It was a real shock. He just grabbed the bull by the horns."
- Flo Marshallsay, 96, of Oldbury, West Midlands, recalls her feelings when her friend, Bill Griffiths, 91, proposed marriage to her.
"Narration interests me because it is what I have spent my life doing. It is like verbal carpentry."
- Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
"I like being the centre of attention as much as anybody so I didn't mind. I was in it for the girls, to tell the truth. I think if more musicians told the truth that would be the reason why most of them are in it. When you're young and you're desperate to get laid, you work out that being a bricklayer isn't that attractive. I was never going to be a doctor or a lawyer, so being a musician seemed to be the best of what was on offer."
- Motorhead's frontman Lemmy who died aged 70 after being diagnosed with cancer on St Stephen's Day.
"Two weeks before Christmas I attended my doctor and was diagnosed with an infection involving fluid in the chest area. I subsequently underwent some medical procedures and am now well on the mend. I will be attending Cabinet on January 5 and I look forward to contesting the upcoming general election."
- Finance Minister Michael Noonan in a statement on Monday.
"I'm a sex symbol, not a pervert."
- Singer Sir Tom Jones, insisting he has never kept any of the women's underwear thrown at him on the stage.