Monday 22 January 2018

Quotes of the week

"The result sends an important message to the world; all people are entitled to enjoy their human rights and human dignity, no matter who they are or whom they love."

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, on the Irish referendum result.

"This result has left me feeling very sad… I believe we are talking here not just about a defeat for Christian principles, but also about a defeat for humanity."

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, on the Irish referendum result.

"There have been lots of disasters in the world but I certainly would not support the belief that the referendum was among them. To suggest that over a million people who went to the polls and voted Yes were so false in their judgement that it was a disaster for humanity is not something I can accept. It is an inappropriate statement and not one I think represents the mind of Pope Francis."

Willie Walsh, retired bishop.

"It's now a case of come back Paddy Reilly and marry James Duff."

Gay Byrne.

"Ireland, being a small country, had the ability to adjust a little bit more than some of the other countries have been able to do. They were willing to take some more pain. I don't know whether this was some sort of Catholic guilt feeling."

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel-winning economist.

"It would be a disaster primarily for the Greek social economy, but it would also be the beginning of the end for the common currency project on Europe. Once you infuse into people's minds... that the euro is not indivisible, it will only be a matter of time before the whole thing begins to unravel."

Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister

"The point is you're greedy, you want every little bit of money you can possibly get, because that's how you're judged."

Tom Hayes, British banker accused of rigging financial markets.

"Micheal Martin has become a leader without any followers. His front bench are all pulling in different directions and prioritising their personal political success over the needs of the party and the country."

Senator Averil Power, leaving Fianna Fail.

"Elton John and his 'wife', David Furnish, have entered on the birth certificate of their two sons that David Furnish is the mother. That will give you an idea of how the concept of motherhood has emptied out. It's been deconstructed."

Germaine Greer, feminist writer.

"Large breasts are likely to be asymmetric and men are more attracted to symmetry. And they look older more quickly, and men value youth. And men are not looking for long legs. Straight legs are a sign of genetic health… most men prefer regular length. The main thing that men are looking for is intelligence."

Professor David Bainbridge, Cambridge University.

"You just have to look the best you can at the age you are. You have to come to terms with getting older and not trying to fight it. You have a couple of options, get older or die."

George Clooney, actor, on cosmetic surgery.

"Some people have said that Cavan football is as ugly as Marty Morrissey. I should apologise - to the people of Cavan for that."

Joe Brolly, RTE GAA pundit, who later apologised.

"I don't think that another person from Sheriff Street could do it now. The world has become less mobile... and the 1pc seems to be getting everything and it is just harder to get that break."

Jim Sheridan, film director, on his Hollywood career.

Sunday Independent

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