THE BOOK OF LISTS: The 10 Best Quotes


Interviewed on becoming the new head of planning at BMP DDB, Jameson had obviously studied the essential requirements for the role at the agency that pioneered planning: "Heads of planning at this agency have always been known for their thinking, smoking, mumbling and drinking. Between us, we should have those covered." (Campaign, 3 May)


The head of a major global communications network muses to a Campaign reporter on the respective charms of Grey and Cordiant: "I like to think of them as two ladies. Grey is middle-aged and not very sexy but might not look too bad if she went on a diet and with a paper bag over her head. Cordiant is so crippled, old and ugly that you wouldn't even fancy her for a one-night stand." (Not published)


Roberts tried to justify and defend the actions of him and his fellow Ogilvy creative director, Paul Belford, after they were stripped of their Campaign Press Awards for entering doctored work for a number of clients: "It was a minor visual tweak. We didn't think it would be a problem." (Campaign, 5 April)


Group chairman at HHCL & Partners and the former chief executive for Richard Branson's lottery bid, explains to a Campaign reporter that he was sking and couldn't return a call: "Sorry I couldn't talk last week, Richard Branson was putting a snowball down the back of my neck." (Not published)


The Publicis chairman said of his Havas counterpart and rival, Alain de Pouzilhac: "Alain isn't a friend because it's very difficult for friends to steal business from each other." (Campaign, 21 June)


He deeply regretted the departure of the creative team "the Horton twins" from Euro RSCG to AMV BBDO: "I am speechless with sadness at losing the most brilliant and dedicated young creatives I have ever come across in my career." (Campaign, 13 September)


Then MD of Optimedia and clearly not a modest man, he denied that he had resigned, but stepped down shortly after uttering these immortal words: "There are rumours that are probably to do with my own brand image in the industry. I'm seen as someone who doesn't take too much corporate bullshit and people were genuinely surprised about me not getting a big role in the Zenith Optimedia Group." (Campaign, 8 February)


When an unnamed Tennent's spokesman discovered that Leith had resigned its business to take on Bass, this was the furious response: "This is indicative of our former parent company's obsession to emulate the success of Tennent's. Not only have they been actively copying our marketing programme over the last few years, but now they're forcing one of our key partners out of the picture." It continued: "If they are arrogant enough to believe this kind of action will damage our brand then they are sorely mistaken." (Campaign, 23 August)


After the sale of the Paris-based agency Les Ouvriers du Paradis to Sir Martin Sorrell's Red Cell network, Thierry Consigny, the co-founder and president, waxed lyrical about his creative philosophy: "The aim is to go from Verlaine to Rimbaud, from Alberola to Basquiat , as beautiful but stronger, as inspired but more universal." (Not published)


The managing partner of TBWA/London, on his Fantasy Agency League team, Cock, winning the monthly prize of a digital camera: "I always wanted to get my cock in Campaign." (Campaign, 4 October).


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