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FROM NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN TO BART SIMPSON .. THE MOST MEMORABLE SAYINGS OF THE CENTURY.

HE'S yellow, foul-mouthed and proud to be an under-achiever. But Bart Simpson is up there with Oscar Wilde and Neville Chamberlain for memorable sayings.

The cartoon brat from The Simpsons has made it into the new edition of The Oxford Dictionary Of 20th Century Quotations.

With the millennium looming, the dictionary brings together quotations which epitomise the century - from advertising slogans to the words of statesmen.

Here's just a small selection:

POLITICIANS

"THIS is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time." - Neville Chamberlain's Downing Street speech, September 1938.

"NEVER in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." - Winston Churchill's Battle of Britain speech, House of Commons, August 1940.

"ENOUGH of talking - it is time now to do." - Tony Blair, Downing Street, May 2 1997.

"THERE can be no whitewash at the White House." - Richard Nixon on Watergate, April 1973.

THE ROYAL FAMILY

"THERE were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." - Diana, Princess of Wales, Panorama, November 20 1995.

"IN the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an `annus horribilis'." - Queen Elizabeth II, London, November 24 1992.

POP STARS

"WE'RE more popular than Jesus now." John Lennon on the Beatles, March 1966.

"I'M not getting married today. I'm in bed." - Liam Gallagher, after failing to marry Patsy Kensit, February 1997.

SPORTS STARS

"THE goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by head of Maradona." - Diego Maradona on controversial World Cup goal against England, July 1986.

"YOU cannot be serious!" - John McEnroe to an umpire at Wimbledon in the early 1980s.

MOVIE LINES

"HERE'S looking at you, kid." - Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca, 1942.

"E.T. phone home." - E.T., 1982.

"FRANKLY, my dear, I don't give a damn!" - Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, 1939.

"GO ahead, make my day." - Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact, 1983.

DISASTERS

"EVIL visited us yesterday. We don't know why." - headteacher Ron Taylor after the murder of 16 children and a teacher at Dunblane primary school, March 14, 1996.

TRANSPORT

"IT was the wrong kind of snow." - British Rail spokesman Terry Worrall on train delays.

MEN AND WOMEN

"THE figure is unbelievable - just because she cooked a few meals now and again and wrote a few books." - Terence Conran on the pounds 10 million divorce settlement for his ex-wife Caroline.

"A MAN has every season, while a woman has only the right to spring." - American actress Jane Fonda, 1989.

GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS

"THAT'S one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong, landing on the moon, 1969.

"WELL, we knocked the b*****d off!" - Edmund Hillary after conquering Mount Everest, 1953.

ADVERTISING SLOGANS

"GO to work on an egg." - British Egg Marketing Board, from 1957.

"HAVE a break, have a Kit-Kat." - Rowntree's, 1955 onwards.

"CLUNK, click, every trip." - UK road safety campaign, from 1964.

"DON'T die of ignorance." - Aids publicity campaign, 1987.

LAST WORDS

"BUGGER Bognor." - King George V on his deathbed in 1936, when someone remarked: "Cheer up, Your Majesty, you will soon be at Bognor again."

"COME closer, boys. It will be easier for you." - Anglo-Irish writer and Irish nationalist Erskine Childers to the firing squad at his execution, 1922.

"I AM just going outside and may be some time." - Captain Lawrence Oates on Scott polar expedition, 1912.

CATCH-PHRASES

"NICE to see you - to see you, nice." - Bruce Forsyth, The Generation Game, 1973 onwards.

"I'VE started so I'll finish." - Magnus Magnusson on BBC's Mastermind, 1972-1997, when a contestant's time ran out while a question was being put.

"THE truth is out there." - American television series The X Files, shown from 1993.

"EAT my shorts!" - Bart in The Simpsons, shown from 1990.

Taken from The Oxford Dictionary Of 20th Century Quotations edited by Elizabeth Knowles, published by Oxford University Press, pounds 16.99.
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