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From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
Bette Davis

'My body is a pebble to them, they tend it as water tends to the pebbles it must run over, smoothing them gently.'
Sylvia Plath

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.
Alex Haley

I think he just married the wrong woman and he can marry the right woman now [on Prince Charles]
Elton John

The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations - great or small - to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
Adlai Stevenson

I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.
Thomas Love Peacock

The UK must combine its recent success with a dash of humility.
Peter Mandelson

Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.
Jawaharlal Nehru

The life-fate of the modern individual depends not only upon the family into which he was born or which he enters by marriage, but increasingly upon the corporation in which he spends the most alert hours of his best years.
C Wright Mills

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Francis Bacon

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
Pope John XXIII

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
André Gide

I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard.
Phyllis Diller

Don't try and burgle his house they are locked up in a bank [on Brian Barwick's program collection!]
John Motson

I think when you're born, your soul is split into two and given to your perfect partner. When you see each other you'll be with each other forever.
Adam Rickitt

The moods of love are like the wind,
And none knows whence or why they rise
Coventry Patmore

I don't think I had a chance to show my best - that's the really disappointing part, not being able to find out. The illness made me me. Because of it, I think I achieved a lot more because I had to work harder for it.
Jonah Lomu

Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonourable behaviour
Bruce Friedman

Anything that feels that good couldn't possibly be bad. There's something about death that is comforting, the thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.
Angelina Jolie

They gave me a monstering and I was very tearful. I shoulted back 'What did you expect, it was Valentine's Day?' [on being told off after breaking a nookie ban during filming of some TV show]
Kate Lawler

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
Emma Goldman

A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it.
Mikhail Glinka

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
Salvador Dali

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself
Anna Brownell Jameson

The organiwational architecture is really that a centipede walks on a hundred legs and one or two don’t count. So if I lose one or two legs, the process will go on, the organisation will go on, the growth will go on.
Mukesh Ambani

The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart
John Morley

This is the time where your team manager is worth more than salt!
Colin Jackson

In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
Bob Dylan

Any time you have an individual who is very confident in their abilities to persuade, there can be a rude awakening under cross-examination.
Catherine Crier

Cards were at first for benefits designed,
Sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind
David Garrick

I believe you have a responsibility to comport yourself in a manner that gives an example to others. As a young man, I prayed for success. Now I pray just to be worthy of it.
Brendan Fraser

Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.
Dorothy L Sayers

It is good to be charitable; but to whom? That is the point. As to the ungrateful, there is not one who does not at last die miserable
Jean De La Fontaine

Your idea of bliss is to wake up on a Monday morning knowing you haven't a single engagement for the entire week. You are cradled in a white paper cocoon tied up with typewriter ribbon.
Edna Ferber

To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.
Mary Bateson

I don't think the fact he wanted to watch the football affected his performance. It's more important to win the tennis match than watch football [on beating Nalbandian at Wimbledon]
Fernando Verdasco

I think at the important moments especially in that first set when I served at 40-40 and I had the wind behind me so I was in a good position, everything was good and suddenly I started making these unforced errors, which were really not understandable.
Novak Djokovic

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Jean De La Bruyere

Where are the boys of the old Brigade,
Who fought with us side by side?
Frederick Weatherly

I can drink on the job if I want to.
Rodney Carrington

Hopefully I can get a run of six months at least to just play tournaments, practise, travel, just be a normal tennis player rather than having to check myself into hospital most of the time
Elena Baltacha

Gamesmanship, banter, trash talk, sledging... whatever you call it, has been part of cricket for a long time. We will play hard to win and anybody who plays us will be tested both physically and mentally. If they aren't up to it, we'll win easily.
Shane Warne

How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
Florence Nightingale

I'm made up to have been made the England captain by Fabio
Steven Gerrard

If dreams can be portents of what is to come, then I had my fair share if forewarning before my life was stolen away.
Charles De Lint

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.
Isaac Singer

All that a pacifist can undertake - but it is a very great deal - is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature.
Vera Brittain

They made love as though they were an endangered species.
Peter De Vries

I came down to the studio for some of the last series and I thought 'That looks wicked, I'll have a bit of that!' [on taking part in Stricly Come Dancing]
Sarah Manners



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