Tuesday 17 September 2019

Quotes of the week

Consistently opposed to the use of violence, Liam Cosgrave was a courageous voice against terrorism, and protected the State in times of crisis.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pays tribute to the man who led Fine Gael and the country in the difficult 1970s.

He will be a hard act to replace.

Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary on chief operations officer Michael Hickey's departure.

Now what the country needs is calm leadership, and that's what I am providing with the full support of my Cabinet.

British Prime Minister Theresa May stands defiant.

I found it excruciating and I really did feel for her. I made the biggest gaffe in corporate history. I hold up my hands: it's completely my own fault. It was a stupid thing to say. I reacted by turning that massive negative into a positive. I used that notoriety to good effect. No publicity is bad publicity.

Gerald Ratner, victim of his own joke about the value of the jewellery he sold, sympathises with Theresa May's calamitous speech.

Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter. We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain. You are not alone. We will never leave your side.

US President Donald Trump during his visit to Las Vegas after the gun massacre.

This might look like I'm showing off... I am. I'm pretty chuffed, having thought I would be in one- pieces after 40.

TV's Davina McCall in a thong bikini at the age of 50.

Many people think I'm the world's greatest broadcaster because they think I'm Sir David Attenborough.

John Simpson, the BBC's world affairs reporter.

I have not been drawn to do Trump simply because to get an impression right you have to listen endlessly to that person and I cannot bring myself to listen to that awful man for a second longer than I have to. Call me a coward, if you will.

Impressionist Alistair McGowan on why he is unlikely to take off Trump.

I want to hold on to being a funky, slightly out there rock and roll chick, not that I ever was that, I just want to hold on to it.

Actress Emma Thompson.

I miss having cold feet all the time. Someone only has to say the word 'Kennington' and I well up. If you asked me to go to London just to pick up a postage stamp and bring it back, I'd gladly hop on a plane.

Actress Emily Mortimer is homesick for England.

I don't have time to die.

Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith.

I don't know why people bother interviewing actors. We're just paid to stand here, look there and read out the lines.

Kristin Scott Thomas

Sunday Independent

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