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Pleonasm / Redundant Quotations

Here is an entertaining selection of funny quotations from commentators, politicians, celebrities, newsreaders, TV presenters, and sportsmen around the world.

They are all pleonastic, containing superfluous, unnecessary words.

  • "And that's a self-portrait of himself, by himself."
    Richard Madeley
     
  • "Now we go into lap 53, the penultimate last lap but one."
    Murray Walker
     
  • "It looks like being a busy weekend on the ferries, particularly Saturday and Sunday."
    Peter Powell
     
  • "It was a sudden and unexpected surprise."
    Old Bailey Correspondent for the BBC
     
  • "I never make predictions, especially about the future."
    Samuel Goldwyn
     
  • "It's deja vu all over again."
    Yogi Berra
     
  • "Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined."
    Samuel Goldwyn
     
  • "Sometimes you can observe a lot just by watching."
    Yogi Berra
     
  • "If we do not succeed, we run the risk of failure."
    Former Vice-President Dan Quayle
     
  • "They've written their own number – it's an original number and it's written by themselves."
    Jenny Lee-Wright
     
  • "So the VAT [Tax] increase on a secondhand car is just another added addition."
    Adrian Love
     
  • "Just look at that [ice skating result]. Nine 'six' marks, every one of them a 'six'."
    Alan Weeks
     
  • "With a couple of minutes to go he had scored two goals in a two-minute period."
    Alan Perry
     
  • "The answer's an affirmative 'yes'."
    Nigel Mansell
     
  • "I am speaking from a deserted and virtually empty Crucible Theatre."
    David Vine
     
  • "With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go."
    Murray Walker
     
  • "I don't normally do requests, unless I'm asked to."
    Richard Whiteley
     
  • "And there's the Victoria Memorial, built as a memorial to Victoria."
    David Dimbleby
     
  • "The robbery was committed by a pair of identical twins. Both are said to be aged about 20."
    Paul Hollingsworth
     
  • "When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results."
    Calvin Coolidge
     
  • "Trapped, like a trap in a trap."
    Dorothy Parker
     
  • "Smoking can kill you, and if you've been killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."
    Brooke Shields
     
  • "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable."
    Tom Landry
     

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