The Fab 40

Here is my Fab 40 pick of favourite people who have changed the world (or part of it) in the 20th and 21st centuries:

Mohammad Ali “I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”
Nelson Mandela “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
John F. Kennedy “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.“
The Beatles “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”
Bobby Kennedy “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”
Martin Luther King “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
Steve Jobs “I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald “They were careless people…they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
Andrew Carnegie “Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.”
Michelle Obama “Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”
Frank Sinatra “I’m gonna live till I die.”
Bill Gates “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
Bob Dylan “But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.”
Lord Northcliffe “News is what someone, somewhere wants to suppress; everything else is advertising.”
Oprah Winfrey “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
David Ogilvy  “The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife.”
John Reith “You can’t think rationally on an empty stomach, and a whole lot of people can’t do it on a full one either.”
George Martin “I had absolutely no idea in 1962 that I’d be talking to you about the Beatles in 2002. I must say, I’m quite grateful for it.“
Marilyn Monroe “A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”
Don Bradman “When you play test cricket, you don’t give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust.”
Alf Ramsey “Listen to them moan, but those people will be going mad if we beat West Germany by a goal in the World Cup Final.”
Alistair Cooke “People, when they first come to America, whether as travelers or settlers, become aware of a new, agreeable feeling: that the whole country is their oyster.”
Danny Blanchflower “Football is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.”
Walter Cronkite “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”
Neil Simon “Everyone thinks they can write a play; you just write down what happened to you. But the art of it is drawing from all the moments of your life.”
Ray Davies “As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise.”
John Spedan Lewis “My father’s success had been due to his trying constantly to give very good value to people who wished to exchange their money for his merchandise but it also became clear to me that the business would have grown further and that my father’s life would have been much happier if he had done the same for those who wished to exchange their work for his money.”
Tony Hancock “Never had a man less reason to be humble about his talent.”
George Clooney “But I’m kind of comfortable with getting older because it’s better than the other option, which is being dead. So I’ll take getting older.”
Anne Frank “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
Kerry Packer “You British reckon everything can be solved by compromise and diplomacy. We Australians fight to the very last ditch.”
Alfred Hitchcock “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”
George Best  “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”
Billy Butlin “I believe that if you do what you love, things tend to fall in place.”
Harold Evans “The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.“
Peter Sellers “If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.”
Charlie Chaplin “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
Ronan O’Rahilly “All Radio Caroline listeners want is a little freedom and pop radio.”
Pele Everything is practice”
Helen Gurley Brown “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”