Friday 19 January 2018

"The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days but now it threatens to destroy us all. A major nuclear war would be the end of civilisation.

"The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days but now it threatens to destroy us all. A major nuclear war would be the end of civilisation.

The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy."

Stephen Hawking, physicist.

"We're remarkably alike, the Irish and the British. There are some on both sides that would hate ever to admit that. But I would certainly personally welcome Ireland back in the Commonwealth."

Nigel Farrage, head of UKIP.

"The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie, and all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it. Muslim communities, including scholars and clerics, therefore have a responsibility to push back, not just on twisted interpretations of Islam, but also on the lie that we are somehow engaged in a clash of civilisations."

Barack Obama, US President.

"Under this administration we are inconsistent and indecisive. We have lost the trust and the confidence of our friends. We definitely no longer inspire fear in our enemies. The great irony of the Obama administration is this: someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world."

Jeb Bush, Republican US presidential contender.

"When I think Enda Kenny, when I think Fine Gael versus Fianna Fail, I think big farmer versus small farmer. I think elitism versus republicanism, I think unionism versus nationalism, inequality versus fairness. So you needn't worry Enda, we don't buy D4's mantra of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail moving together. I say there is clear blue daylight, blue being the operative word, between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail."

Barry Cowen, FF spokesman.

"Yeah, I do it naked. I don't do it with any great expertise, it's more the joy of it. The dog does it with me."

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein leader, on using his trampoline.

"I think the trampoline must be having an effect on you, Mr Adams."

Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach.

"When it comes to picking the winners that everyone votes in every category, the whole thing becomes little better than a crapshoot. You might vote for someone simply because he or she was nice to you on the set. Then there's the question of whether all the voters actually saw all the films. It's not unknown for some, especially the elderly, to get their maids to watch them on DVD and deliver their opinions."

Barry Norman, veteran film critic, on the Oscars.

"There are some renegade Independents that are damaging the brand, but that's to be expected I suppose because we come from different political perspectives."

Finian McGrath, Independent TD.

"I wouldn't be nervous getting up on Jessica, but I would be nervous kicking a ball."

Ronan O'Gara, former Irish rugby international on the difference between having five children and his career.

"Ireland had its opportunity, not just for itself, but for Europe, in accepting the promise that Brussels and Berlin determine economic policy in every country."

Ashoka Mody, former IMF Troika representative in Ireland.

"He wasn't particularly helpful to us when he actually could have helped us."

Brendan Howlin, Public Expenditure Minister, in reply to Mr Mody.

"It takes such a short time to open wounds in others that can take a lifetime to heal.

Fr Turlough Baxter at the funeral of Barney McGinley.

Sunday Independent

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