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For the children

'Let no one lose sight of the fact that that is why we are here. The centrepiece of our work, as a lasting memorial to the short life of little Phoenix Sinclair, is the protection of all children'

-- Commissioner Ted Hughes, at the resumption, after a legal challenge, of the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry

 

Now they tells us

'As with psychiatrists, same with biographers, you shouldn't sleep with your subject'

-- Blake Bailey, a prize-winning biographer, on the affair between retired U.S. Gen. David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell

 

Staring him in the face

'I am the worst journalist in the world. For God's sake, the title of her book was All In!'

-- Jon Stewart, bemoaning the fact he interviewed biographer Paula Broadwell in January and never picked up on the clues she was having an affair with David Petraeus

 

Avoiding the blame game

'I think sometimes people expect families in the public eye to be perfect. I didn't want this to become a blame game around my father'

-- Emily Doer, daughter of former Manitoba premier Gary Doer, on why she was reluctant to talk publicly about her eating disorder

 

Shouldn't that say houses?

'How then are you expected to be transparent when there are hyenas chasing you? They want to know what car you drive, which house you are living in and what plane you are flying'

-- Zimbabwe mines minister Obert Mpofu, who has amassed "unexplained wealth" from illegal diamond deals, according to a report by Partnership Africa Canada

 

Self-checkout in the toilet

'I don't think anyone really ever disinfects a touchscreen in supermarkets because you might as well stick your hand in a toilet, you'd probably get fewer bacteria on it'

-- Charles Gerba, co-author of a 2008 University of Arizona study on the viruses and bacteria found on computer equipment

 

Rolling after the revolution

'It's stupid to make out that you're rebellious your whole life. People in the French Revolution wanted it to go forever, but other people got fed up with it. You move on to the post-revolution, which is what we did. It doesn't mean you get comfortable and end up fat in front of the fire with a big cigar. I still like to get out there and bust it up'

-- Mick Jagger, on the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones

 

Sandy's silver lining

'There's nothing better than Doomsday sex'

-- Comedian Dave Attell at the Comedy Cellar in New York, putting a positive spin on things after superstorm Sandy tore through the city

 

A topless feminist

'I am a feminist, but I clearly objectify myself -- so that right there is a total contradiction to feminist principles'

-- Keira Knightley, who appears topless on the cover of the December issue of Allure

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2012 J12

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