“Rock” [music] … is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship.”
– Pope Benedict XVI.
“Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.”
– Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-92).
“Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.”
– Ben Hecht, writer and film director (1894-1964).
“At the Grammy Awards Gotye won Record of the Year. Parents were like, “Who’s Gotye?” while their kids were like, “What’s a record?’”
– Jimmy Fallon.
“We like to think that we’re smarter than dolphins, but no dolphin has ever bothered to read online comments. Dolphins: 1, Humanity: 0.”
“I just thought, ‘She looks like Kate Winslet but she can’t be, we’re in Masterton.’”
– shop assistant India Kawana.
“It is very convenient to blame the Poles and the Romanians, but so far neither country have found any problems with their beef abattoirs.”
– UK Labour Party MP Mary Creagh on the horsemeat-in-bolognese crisis.
“A member of Congress is criticising Steven Spielberg after he discovered parts of the movie Lincoln are historically inaccurate – particularly the scene where Lincoln dies in the mouth of a great white shark.”
– US TV show host Conan O’Brien.