"I was intrigued to see Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, born His Serene Highness Prince, referred to as "socially ambitious" .
"Many spatial dependencies are so thoroughly built into our constructed environment that little can be done about them."
"We founded the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust over lunch. Duck, I think it was."
HRH Prince Philip (attributed)
"An excessive dependence on narrow targets and an inability to work for “system-wide efficiency” have become the dominant characteristics of layer upon layer of command-and-control bureaucracy. ... so-called "unintended consequences abound."
"Measures taken to promote genuinely sustainable improvements in society ... are fighting all the time against the kind of consumerist, materialistic values that governments feel they have to stick to in order to keep the wheels of the economy turning."
"Do not eat the blackcurrant jam: it tastes of fish."
... warning Tony Greig not to have the caviar at a cricket reception.
"He (Alfred Wainwright) told me that his mother hid him a drawer when visitors came."
"I try not to meet people I despise in case I find out they’re not that bad after all."
"The chief cause of problems is solutions."
"And who would run, that's moderately wise, a certain danger for a doubtful prize." John Pomfret (1667-1702)
Motto of the Shut Down Sizewell campaign
"No strategy is viable that steals from the future to support the present".
"Every time history repeats itself the price goes up."
“I'm not going to sing the one that she asked me for because, ... I can't actually... I can't remember a lot of the words. But I'll tell you what, if it's any consolation, the one I'm going to sing will have a lot of the same ... notes.”
"This Monty Python: is he one of us?"
"We've privatised the rewards and socialised the risks."
"People have stopped counting their blessings."
"Research is all about self-perpetuation, answers are the very last thing you want, only more research pays the mortgage and the Guardian subscription."
"Theory is when you know what should happen, but you can’t get it to work. Practice is when things more or less work, but nobody knows why. Combining theory and practice is when nothing works and nobody knows why."
"Seek simplicity and distrust it. "
"If you save the living environment, you will automatically save the physical environment. But if you only try to save the physical environment, you will lose them both."
"You don't want to say more. You want to say less. Less is good."
"Eternal vigilance is the price of artificial complexity."
“I am not interested in erecting a building, but in [...] presenting to myself the foundations of all possible buildings.”
"The fact that the South Buckinghamshire District Council offices are in Slough, Berkshire, really does make you wonder whether their hearts are in it."
"Q: Who led the pedant's revolt? A: Which Tyler."
"Twenty minutes of feeling a wee bit uncomfortable."
Victoria Wood on being asked about the 'dangers' of stand-up comedy.