The top 10 greatest quotations of the last 400 years are to be put to a public vote to find the greatest quote of all time.

The list was voted for by the public from entries in the new edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and another poll will determined the top quote by the end of the year.

Rudyard Kipling, Martin Luther King and Oscar Wilde are among those who feature in the list.

The new edition of the dictionary features a number of recent quotations, with politics and world events dominating the new entries.

September 11 is remembered for "Let's roll," heard by a telephone operator as Todd Beamer and other passengers prepared to storm the cockpit of the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93.

Tony Blair's comment that: " in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy" is also included

George Bush's State of the Union address, when he talked about Iran, Iraq and North Korea and said: "States like these constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of this world" has an entry.

There are also many entries relating to the Iraq conflict, including phrases such as "shock and awe" and "we have not found any smoking guns", which have become inextricably linked with the war.

Domestically, Peter Mandelson is included for saying: "I am a fighter and not a quitter", when he won his Hartlepool seat in the general election of 2001.On a lighter note, Jeremy Paxman's habitual University Challenge suggestion "Come on! Come on!" makes an appearance alongside Anne Robinson's withering "You are the weakest link...Goodbye".

The top 10:

"Genius is one per cent inspiration, 99 per cent perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison (c. 1903)

"Tread softly because you may tread on my dreams." - William Butler Yeats (1899)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." - Jane Austen (1813)

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." - Rudyard Kipling (1910)

"It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph." - Edmund Burke (mid 18th century)

"To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." - Oscar Wilde (1895)

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne (1624)

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton (1887)

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less travelled by." - Robert Frost (1916)

"I have a dream." - Martin Luther King (1963)
What about
"Alcohol, the cause of and solution to all life's problems." - H.J.Simpson
I can agree with Dr. Martin Luther Kings' inclusion, but what about:

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so Few " ( Spoiled only by it being nice to the Crabs. )

"Some chicken, some neck"

(In response to "Winston, you're drunk...") "In the morning I shall be sober. But you will still be ugly. "

Bit of a common denominator.....
The list should include:

all of Admiral Nelson's rants about the Frogs

parts of Tim Collins' 'eve of battle' speech

Churchill's 'we will never surrender'

at least one example of a 'Bushism', for amusement value


How about this one:

'There's only two things smell of fish... and one of them's fish'

My CSgt at Sandhurst.
NUT'S , Simple and eloquent and used to great effect by U.S. cmdr at Bastogne in WWII, when asked if he wished to surrender by German cmdr. 8)
How about "There have been some allegations made, and I want to know who the alligators are"

SSM Gulf War ONE
hows about, 'you've got two hopes, and one of thems bob!'

or, allegedly'come in on my side and you've got browns job' :twisted:
What the feck was that.....Mayor of Hiroshima .
What iceburg?.................Capt of the Titanic
Feck me there goes another one... Mayor of Nagasaki

My Personell favorite ......106 Miles to Chicago..full tank of gas ..half a pack of cigerets..its dark and were wearing sun glasses......HIT IT.

Que one of the best film sound traks ,and the best car chase in movie history

sorry i got of thread but C-C can always move me :D
outstanding, how about'i only want ya to blow the bloody doors off'
or ' where's ya tool? what fecking tool?' cue splatsvillve.
veered off topic methinks, on a serious swerve, yes, anything by churchill gives me a warm feeling, just waiting for the mark two version to save us now :cry:
Techtechtech, old chum, Leonidas was not the King of Sparta, but merely one of the two kings which ruled Sparta together.

Leonidas was what is commonly referred to as the 'Military King', and thus the 300 Spartan warriors who died at Thermopylae (the Gates of Fire in Greek) were in fact his personal bodyguard.

As for quotes, I take my inspiration from the greatest Englishman who ever lived, Admiral the Lord Nelson: 'Down, down with the Frenchman, is my constant prayer.'
Here are the top nine comments made by Olymics sports commentators that they would like to take back:

1. Weightlifting commentator: "This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I
saw her
snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing."

2. Dressage commentator: "This is really a lovely horse and I speak
personal experience since I once mounted her mother."

3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my
mother and

4. Boxing Analyst: "Sure there have been injuries, and even some
deaths in
boxing, but none of them really that serious.

5. Softball announcer: "If history repeats itself, I should think we
expect the same thing again."

6. Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't
it. In fact you can see it all over their faces."

7. At the rowing medal ceremony: "Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of
the IOC
president is hugging the cox of the British crew."

8. Soccer commentator: "Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've
eleven Dicks on the field."

9. Tennis commentator: "One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is
before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses
them... Oh
my God, what have I just said?"
OldChap said:
... Thermopylae (the Gates of Fire in Greek)
A pendantic tosser might point out that, literally at least, 'thermopylae' translates closer to 'warm gates'

But I'm right with on the Frog bashing.

See your Nelson quote and raise you one from the Duke formerly known as Arthur:

'Unfortunately the sum of one shilling and ninepence remains unaccounted for in one infantry battalion's petty cash and there has been a hideous confusion as to the number of jars of raspberry jam issued to one cavalry regiment during a sandstorm in western Spain. This reprehensible carelessness may be related to the pressure of circumstance, since we are at war with France, a fact which may come as a bit of a surprise to you gentlemen in Whitehall.'
OldChap said:
Techtechtech, old chum, Leonidas was not the King of Sparta, but merely one of the two kings which ruled Sparta together.

And the kings themselves were ruled by the Ephors and their decisions rubber stamped by the Forum of Equals. Yes, we know the history.

and where in my post does it say THE king of Sparta (lakadaemon)

Get out more and stop writing to the papers signing yourself annoyed of Tunbridge Wells. :wink:

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