An eclectic collection that made us pause for thought.
What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.
There are two things people always pay for, food and sex. I wasn’t any good at cooking.
This world doesn’t make it easy with the constant pressures to conform and be ‘normal’. But when I realised that nobody was normal, it was a huge liberation, one that transformed my life.
A party full of ‘likeable’ people doesn’t bear contemplating.
The first time I see a jogger smiling. I’ll try it.
For me, a book is a room in your head that holds secrets.
God help England if she had no Scots to think for her.
I don’t go to orgies, because when you leave you don’t know who to thank.
The law is human and flawed. Just like newspapers or medicine or the internet, it embodies all that is brilliant and awful about humankind.
We are mired in a malaise, from which we are not likely to emerge any time soon.
A resonant rhyme is like a first kiss. We all know what osculation is but, by God, it’s different when your own lips are involved.
A joke is perhaps the final and most beautiful affirmation of what it is to be fully human.
The failure of the US’s foreign adventures often seems to have its roots in their total ignorance of things on the ground, of the countries they fiddle with.
Because we’re the only private company in he world sending people to space, the next few months are obviously something that has a halo effect on every Virgin company.
On Jeff Koons:
He shows what happens when money and celebrity become yardsticks for culture. It is not a pretty sight.
My life has been one long descent into respectability.
I attribute my long and continuing life to my prudent avoidance of cricket and all other forms of sport.
I always thought old age would take longer.
If I weren’t scared, I’d be awfully dangerous!
As ever, power is exercised by those who want power. And anyone who wants power definitely ought to be denied it.
As a coach, you are only a dancing bear for the stars.
A divorce is like an amputation, you survive but there is less of you.
I’m part of the art world.. but there are certain standardising forces in the art market inimical to creativity.
Having a free press doesn’t mean anyone cares.
Definition of Pop Art:
Nostalgia for Now.
The biggest handicap that conservation faces is that we humans still consider ourselves to be separate from the rest of life, and the rest of life is merely there to support us. It is infantile arrogance.
“Why are you still working in your 70s?”
“We need the money to pay for my wifestyle!”
I’m a poor person who has money.
I always ask a man with a beard, when you eat Shredded Wheat, how do you know when you’ve finished?
Definition – Washington DC
A city where men wear suits three sizes too large for them and dinners always start too early.
Handshake contracts are valid. The Anglo-Saxon system is not the same as the system here in Central Europe.
The average expert is about as accurate as a dart-throwing chimpanzee.
Anyone found here at night will be found here in the morning.
Infrastructures of power always inhabit the surface of the earth or the skies above the earth…. They are material things even though the metaphors used to describe them are often immaterial and wildly misleading. The Cloud is buildings with servers in them.
No man is an island, unless he is large and buoyant.
Great writers are the saints for the godless.
Price is what you pay, value is what you get.
Definition of Contract Negotiation:
It’s trying to persuade someone else that they want what you want.
I esteem the observations of great men more than I do their conclusions. Minds possessed of genius observe with exactitude and assurance; indeed when they outline the pros and cons of a matter for us, we are able to draw conclusions for ourselves.
A criminal is a person with predatory instincts; but without sufficient capital to form a corporation.
The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
Think you are too small to make a difference? Try sleeping with a mosquito.
There are few squeals so shrill as those of society’s winners defending their advantages.
The best fertiliser is the shadow of the gardener.
Definition of Venture Capital:
“The final redoubt of individuals with discipline and ambition but no actual talent.”
A sane man doesn’t give his money to the poor – a sane man takes money from the poor.
“Did you sleep with him?”
“Not a wink.”
From shopping in a store to running a corporation, contracts and agreements matter everywhere.
She was famous for being the first person to be famous for being famous.
One of the dark lessons of (political) leadership is that in their beginnings lie the seeds of their end.