The irregular collection of quotes seen recently and which hare amused or interested me:
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
[P]remature births are increasing in rich countries because of obesity, smoking, IVF and older women having babies, and in poor countries owing to malnutrition, teen pregnancy and lack of contraception ...
[New Scientist, 05/05/2012]
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction.
If we put all Parliament through a mincer and sorted the good bits, would there be enough to build just one competent prime minister?
[Andrew Baker on Facebook]
The main aim of education should be to send children out into the world with a reasonably sized anthology in their heads so that, while seated on the lavatory, waiting in doctors' surgeries, on stationary trains or watching interviews with politicians, they may have something interesting to think about.
[Sir John Mortimer]