Wednesday 13 November 2019

Quotes of the week

"Our objective is that before very long, everybody in this country who wants to work, or the kids who are emigrating now, if they want to stay home and work, there will be a job for them. But we all know there will be people who will never work. They're allergic to work."

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance.

"If you as a person wish to do something new, then you have to look at what has been done and find out what's not been done in that area. If you're going to cross Brazilian jungle, why not take medical botanists who can look at strange plants to see if they have medical functions?"

Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, who says there is nowhere else on Earth left to discover.

"To err is human, but to cover up is unforgiveable and to refuse to learn is inexcusable."

Margaret Murphy, HIQA Inquiry team member and patient advocate, on the HSE.

"I became famous in a matter of minutes. Being as famous as that came as a real shock. I didn't know what was going on. It seemed like the world was changing all around me. OK, I lived through it, but if you asked me about the 70s, I have to say I hardly remember them. Which is kind of a pity because it was a time of great inspiration for so many directors and I was in some amazing movies… But I don't really have much memory of actually making them."

Al Pacino, actor.

"I have rage issues…I get so wound up. I'm a danger to myself and others. Sometimes I just have to go to a corner and calm down. I sing to save my life. I'm more volatile than is good for you and I write to douse the flames in a way."


"I came very, very close to basically telling [the Northern Ireland political parties] where to go. I bit my lip. I didn't say anything and broke for Christmas…[By February] we were very close to rock bottom and I thought the process was disintegrated."

George Mitchell on chairing negotiations for the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

"This is a good time to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn't mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you're doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way."

Charlize Theron, Hollywood actress, on male actors being paid more than females.

"Nearly all crime series on TV these days start off with some young woman being raped and murdered and cut up and thrown in a dustbin. I don't believe in a psychopath who hates women because his grandmother stuck him in a cupboard when he was seven or his mother was a prostitute. These sort of facile, glib reasons for somebody to go out and sadistically kill women, I just don't believe them."

Jessica Raine, actress.

"I recall being shocked and shaken by the lack of information available."

Richie Boucher, Bank of Ireland chief executive, on seeing the extent of the difficulties in some sections of the banking industry in 2008.

"We've moved from being cheap and nasty to cheap and cheerful. If I'd known it would work so well, I'd have done it years ago."

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair chief.

"When the old and the ill are not looked after, there is something wrong with the community…I am a bit old and a bit sick, but it's not too bad."

Pope Francis.

"I see no difference between the IRA and Sinn Fein. From my 10 years in Sinn Fein... it was the same organisation. You were expected to support their most stupid policies.

Killian Forde, ex-Sinn Fein Councillor.

Sunday Independent

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