"Clement Attlee had as much charisma as a mouse. He was absolutely monosyllabic. People say conversation is supposed to be like a game of tennis, but with Attlee it was like tossing biscuits to a dog" - Former MP Tony Benn on Britain's first post-war Prime Minister.
"I am still that Welsh windbag" - Labour's former leader Lord (Neil) Kinnock, apologising for having been too garrulous during an interview.
"There are too many busybodies in this world running around complaining. There are too many whiners and whingers" - Tory MP Anthony Steen after being "shopped" for parking his car in a bay for the disabled.
"David Cameron and his closest allies have been flying by the seat of their well-tailored pants and it is beginning to show" - Lance Price, former Downing Street press officer, saying that the appointment of the former News of the World editor - Andy Coulson - as the Tories' press supremo, has not come "a day too soon".
"Any third-rate politician - and we have scores of them - can pretend a problem does not exist until it goes off like a landmine" - Best-selling author Frederick Forsyth.
"I am not at all discreet. I am deeply open. I am quite incapable of keeping a secret" - Lord (Robin) Butler, former Cabinet Secretary, denies his reputation as a man who kept everything close to his chest.