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If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. - Mansfield Park
Jane Austen

Even all these years later most people still ask me about that Eurovision performance and that one particular move, so I guess it was certainly more memorable than any of us realised at the time!
Cheryl Baker

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
Karl Von Clausewitz

My family are really happy here at Liverpool and I am prepared to have my daughter with a Scouse accent, even though it is sometimes a problem for me!
Rafael Benitez

We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.
Pierre Omidyar

Sometimes, if it feels right to do something, you have to do it no matter what others think.
Minnie Driver

Sometimes one grows weary of being asked the same things and repeating the same answers time and time again.
John Garfield

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.
Harry S Truman

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.
Norman Vincent Peale

I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns.
George Galloway

Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
William Makepeace Thackeray

It was a very bad night. We were very disappointed with the quality of our performance. But there is enough time for crying. I could cry - maybe it would be easier - but life goes on.
Arsene Wenger

I remember reading that black boys aged nine to fourteen suffered really difficult times at school.
Dave Benson Phillips

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
Josh Billings

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
Marcus Aurelius

I'm very forgetful and I break things all the time so I'd like to be more graceful.
Sandi Thom

This is a young group and sometimes I don't like some of the things I see. Here we are with another five-star hotel, overlooking the sea at Rimini.
John Toshack

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
Samuel Butler

Pope Benedict XVI assumes leadership at a critical time in which the world's collective wisdom and leadership including that of the religious community is most important to face up to challenges of deepening poverty and under-development afflicting many people of the world.
Thabo Mbeki

You cannot just waste time. Otherwise you'll die to regret it.
Harriet Doerr

I couldn't bat for the length of time required to score 500. I'd get bored and fall over.
Denis Compton

What we usually find is that when people think they have a new idea or approach something for the first time, it is actually a recurrence of a line of thinking explored in the past.
Robert Hass

I say now and have often said before, Fathers of the Senate, that a well-disposed and helpful prince, to whom you have given such great and unrestrained power, ought to be the servant of the Senate, often of the citizens as a whole, and sometimes even of individuals.
Tiberius Caesar

The Saudis would struggle in Europe because of that problem with those prayers five times a day.
Don Howe

We've got a lot of thinking and a lot of work to do and not much time to do it. [After being totally humiliated by Bangladesh in a one dayer, 2005]
Ricky Ponting

I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.
Drew Barrymore

I watched the Trinidad and Tobago game at the same time as I was having meetings
Tony Blair

I bought it [hit me with your rhythm stick] because it was an effing great song.

It brings back good memories, like all music the song stands the test of time. I would buy it today.
Luke Goss

I hate pretty-looking boys. I'd rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who's in the gym all the time and watches what he eats.
Ali Larter

I am always crazy for hot women. I am like a rabbit. I could do it anytime, anywhere (Rod giving us too much information)
Rod Stewart

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
Walt Disney

Estuaries are coastal bays, harbours, sounds and lagoons - places where rivers meet the sea. [Geography lesson time!]
Jim Gerlach

In times of change the learners will inherit the earth, while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too - for being married so many times.
Elizabeth Taylor

I guess we all at one time had Shakespeare rammed down our necks at school, which tends to take the edge off it!
Christopher Eccleston

In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
Denis Diderot

I think really all of us have had our fears and doubts but we feel that the time is right. [On reforming]
Melanie Chisholm

On Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential): 'He's the most charming man. He's the Oscar Wilde of our time. I only had one moment with him in that film and it's a great source of regret. I love spending time with him. He's always very open and effusive. His interest in you is genuine.'
Russell Crowe

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
Miguel De Cervantes

I started feeling really stupid for having only known him such a short time [after being dumped by Paul Danan on Celebrity Love Island]
Nikki Ziering

Music is so important to so many people, and it has been of importance for humands for a long time.
Mary Hansen

An hour-glass is a reminder not only of time's quick flight, but also of the dust to which we must at last return
Georg Lichtenberg

Preston wouldn't allow me to watch TV after 830 - that was talking time.
Chantelle Houghton

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly - spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order
Susan Taylor

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

The Times has made many ministries (The English Constitution, I)
Walter Bagehot

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Umberto Eco

My mom always complains about my lack of a boyfriend. Well, next time she asks, I'm going to tell her I'm dating two different guys - Mr Duracell and Mr Energizer.
Michelle Landry

'He didn't quite manage to get his leg over.' - about Ian Botham, though admittedly on the cricket pitch at the time
Jonathan Agnew



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