"I'd always assumed that I would die at about the same age as my dad - he was 45. I am five years in credit now. I can't get my head around the fact that I am older than he was - ever."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Ian Hislop on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Ian Hislop on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Ian Hislop on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Ian Hislop on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Ian Hislop on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I like making films about old people because they are repositories of amazing stories that they tell well. And they're incredibly good telly."
"My mother was a terrific force in my life. Wartime-generation woman, hadn't gone to university but should have done. Was very funny, very verbal, very clever, very witty."
"All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more, that everyone's given up."