1. Charlie Sheen, during his downward spiral: "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
2. Barack Obama, n his ancestor Falmouth Kearney leaving Offaly in search of the American Dream: “It's the dream that Falmouth Kearney was attracted to when he went to America. It's the dream that drew my own father to America from a small village in Africa. It's a dream that we've carried forward, sometimes through stormy waters, sometimes at great cost, for more than two centuries. And for my own sake, I'm grateful they made those journeys because if they hadn't you'd be listening to somebody else speak right now.”
3. Queen Elizabeth, in her historic speech at Dublin Castle: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.”
4. Jackie Onassis Kennedy and her view on the Irish in her recently uncovered tapes: “There seems to be all these Irish-- they always seem to have a persecution thing about them”
5. Damian McGinty, on his new role on 'Glee': “This doesn’t happen to people from Ireland, especially from Derry, it just doesn’t happen. To get to be on the biggest TV show in America is just a dream come true.”
6. Michael D Higgins, in his inaugural speech: “I invite all of the Irish, wherever they may be across the world, to become involved with us in that task of remaking our economy and society.”
7. Bono, on the sound of his own voice: “'I do try to avoid it. If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don’t like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better.”
8. Rory McIlroy, on winning the US Open: “The whole week has been incredible - I could not have asked for any more and I am so happy to hold this trophy. For such a small nation to win two US Opens in a row is pretty special. As Graeme said last year, there will be a lot of pints of Guinness going down.”
9. Darren Scully, on his decision to no longer represent black constituents: "After a while I made a decision that I was just not going to take on representations from black Africans, that I would be very courteous to them and I would pass on their query to other public representatives who would take their concerns."
10. Sinead O Connor, on the breakup of her fourth marriage after 16 days: “Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband’s life.” “He has been terribly unhappy and I have therefore ended the marriage. I think he is too nice to do so. And too nice to trap.”
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