And no matter how politically correct you tried to be about it, no matter how much people talked about recruiting more women to the job, whether you called them Combustion Control Engineers or Flame Suppressant Units, the truth about firemen was summed up in what they always had been and always would be as far as Annie was concerned: firemen. (Peter Robinson: Cold is the Grave)
Some say the Americans found Osama Bin Laden. I say it was a pass from Paul Scholes!
"Let me assure you: I'm always frank and earnest. In Chicago, I'm Frank - and in New York, I'm Ernest! (Samuel L. Jackson as "Mitch" in "The Long Kiss Goodnight" )
"A period of silence on your part would be most welcome." (Clement Attlee til Harold Laski)
"Folk i Vesten har en tendens til å glemme at rettssikkerhet i seg selv ikke betyr noe. Lover som vedtas av kannibaler, vil straffe vegetarianernes livsførsel. Alle lover springer ut av en underliggende kultur og det politiske systemet som håndhever dem." (Norman Davies: Europa i Krig 1939 - 1945)
"One time I was a fighter. I hit a guy with a left cross. Then I hit him with a right cross. Then he sent me to the Red Cross. So I quit." (Joe Polino, Sonny Liston's cut man. From: Brian Glanville: Footballers Don't Cry - Selected Writings.)
"The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother” (Evan Esar)
"Perhaps he's going to be a politician after all," concluded Louise, staring down at her newborn son. "What has changed your mind?" asked Andrew. "He never stops shouting at everyone, he's totally preoccupied with himself - and he falls asleep as soon as someone else offers an opinion", she replied. (Jeffrey Archer: First Among Equals)
"Opinions are like assholes - everyone's got one!" Dirty Harry
"Gambling is illegal in The State of Mind I'm in" (Melanie)
"Her day wasn't exactly working out as she'd planned it, and Caffery could sympathize with that, but he didn't think it excused her rudeness. She was as tight-lipped as a camel's backside in a sandstorm." (Mo Hayder: Skin)
"Det interessante er at, mens de gamle emansipasjonsbevegelser hegnet om, og brukte, ytringsfriheten, ser de moderne emansipasjons-bevegelsene sin interesse i å begrense den." (Francis Sejersted)
Fra Dr Zhivago : Strelnikov: The private life is dead - for a man with any manhood. Zhivago: I saw some of your 'manhood' on the way at a place called Mink. Strelnikov: They were selling horses to the Whites. Zhivago: It seems you've burnt the wrong village. Strelnikov: They always say that, and what does it matter? The village is burned, the point made. Zhivago: Your point - their village.
"I tell you something, - they shot the wrong Kennedy." - Liverpool Manager Bob Paisley , commenting on Alan Kennedy's debut as a Liverpool player.
Half the state of Louisiana is under water. - The other half is under investigation! (James Lee Burke)
When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. (Edmund Burke)
"Husk: det er i motvind de store fuglene letter!" (Jo Benkow)