An eclectic collection that made us pause for thought.
‘I’m going to get married,’ he heard himself say, and the doors to his future clanged shut in his face.
Cartography is another name for stories told by winners.
Legends are there to tell us what history has forgotten.
The problem with the race to the bottom is that you might win.
I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.
If I know the answer, I’ll answer you, if I don’t I’ll just respond.
What’s troubling is not the magnitude of our problems but the smallness of our politics.
We are already on the last bus, but if we all got together and acted now and governments followed, then we still have a chance.
Economics, essentially a faith-based discipline, represented itself as a hard science.
We may be the first species to document our own extinction.
Donald Trump is a genius, that’s what the J stands for!
We have a very Darwinian menu. Whatever sells, we put on the menu; whatever doesn’t sell, we take off.
I spent a big chunk of my life studying philosophy and I’m still recovering.
There is no liberty without morality, and no freedom without responsibility.
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
As I sat, strapped in my seat waiting during the countdown, one thought kept crossing my mind … every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
I love a shag in the breeding season.
Definition of Social Media: A window for narcissism
Eternity is awfully long, especially near the end.
If governments don’t take care of food security and we leave it to the big private companies, we are going to be in for a very nasty surprise.”
A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight begins.
I would feel rather more rested after a two-week break if I didn’t have to take myself on holiday with me.
Physics is not a religion, If it were, we would have a much easier time raising money!
John Humphrys is the sort of man who, if you lent him five grand and then didn’t see him for some years, you’d think it was money well spent.
I was fined £60 for straying into a bus lane for five seconds. I thought I’d go to Oxford Circus and lie down for four hours today and get my money’s worth.
The best thing about the Earth Is if you poke holes in it oil and gas comes out.
You are never going to be younger or healthier than you are now.
Preserving a facade and rebuilding a new building behind it is like keeping your dead grandmother’s false teeth on the mantelpiece in her memory.
I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.
People who think they know everything are profoundly annoying to those of us who actually do.
Mother to 4 year old daughter: “Why are you crying?”
Daughter: “I’m a child and I am meant to cry.”
Not to find joy in difference is a surrender to ignorance.
Dates are the pegs on which to hang your history
Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.
When a thousand people believe some made-up story for a month – that’s fake news. When a billion people believe it for a thousand years – that’s a religion.
Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.
Clichés are where the truth goes to die.
La démocratie est le système le plus bottom up de la terre. (Democracy is the most bottom-up system in the world)
Jewish imagination is paranoia confirmed by history.
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
A widow in search of a new man should look for one who has a full head of hair – and a full bank account.
My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.
Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
You enter time when you enter a town – you rush through it. In a village time enters you slowly, naturally.
Wall Street wants to combine its experience with the clients’ money and turn that into Wall Street’s money and the clients’ experience.
At Kew on the right bank of the river, man created a garden of Eden, at Brentford on the left, he created a Hell.
Our backs have to be against the wall before we can read the writing on it!
I’ve been able to have a very relaxed philosophy, which is to enjoy yourself as much as you can without damaging other people.
A Palestinian and an Israeli asked God whether there would ever be peace between them. He replied “Of course, but not in my lifetime.”
“It was so cold in Ottawa last winter that I even saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets!”