Quotes of the week
“Since Thursday night we have seen the coming together of many people in various places and the unifying of the community against violence. I commend our political leaders for standing together in Creggan on Good Friday. I am, however, left with a question: ‘Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'”
Fr Martin Magill, a friend of Lyra McKee, in his homily at the murdered journalist’s ecumenical funeral service.
“We probably don’t even have a future any more. That future has been sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money.”
Swedish schoolgirl climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
“Same thing I do every day. I live a non-famous life.”
Actor Colin Farrell’s response on what he would do if he were not famous.
“Behind every great man there is an embarrassing sibling.”
Journalist Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris Johnson.
“People used to say that the problem with political jokes is that they get elected. I don’t mind a comedian being elected as leader, so long as it’s not Boris Johnson.”
Comedian Rory Bremner on the election of a comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky, as Ukraine’s president.
“Some people don’t care why they are famous, they just want to be famous, and that makes my skin crawl a bit.”
Singer George Ezra.
“City have more quality but they couldn’t believe how easy it was, in a derby game… You need to see Fred for the second goal. You are talking about players giving it their all. That’s cheating. What he has done is cheating, letting a guy run off him.”
Roy Keane gets fired up as Manchester City easily beat United and stake their claim for the Premier League title.
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. It will be nasty.”
Donald Trump on Joe Biden announcing he would be joining the 2020 race for the US presidency.
“Within 24 hours, I changed my diet and I’ve not looked back since. You feel better, you look better.”
TV’s Simon Cowell, who has stopped eating meat.
“I feel like we are building. Feminism is not just bringing hammers to knock something down, to knock down old power structures. Feminism is bringing bricks to build a world we do want to live in.”
Comedienne Deborah Frances-White.
“I started to feel like what I imagine drowning feels like… my heart beating… it felt like letting go and drifting off, it started to go a bit dark, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t hear, my heart was just beating.”
Actor Michael Sheen recalls the time he forgot his lines during a play.
“I’ve always known it was the main pillar of kind of my sanity as well, like I always looked at writing as sort of like a protective armour.”
Singer Taylor Swift on writing music.
“I didn’t know whether to curtsy or what – so I ended up stepping on her pink shoes.”
Three Degrees star Sheila Ferguson recalls being introduced to Queen Elizabeth and accidentally treading on her toes.