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We are more likely to cheat if we see others doing so. We tend to conform to accepted norms of reasonable behaviour, rather than adhere to strict rules.

I don't keep it secret that I live with my partner Gio. I'm very proud of my gayness. But there is lots I wouldn't want the press to write about me... it is a matter of regret that being gay is the most interesting thing about me.

I've never enjoyed sleep as much until I got the 'Today' job. There is something about early sleep that's much better than late sleep. I feel myself going to sleep; I don't just plonk my head on the pillow. It's a sort of winding-down thing.

What comes with a job as a staff member of the BBC is a certain self-censoring that you get utterly used to. You don't say everything you think. You hold back on some things.

It's not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.

I swing both ways. I can see things from a kind of conservative point of view and from a more socially liberal or left-wing point of view.

For industry to settle in a country, you first need electricity; for electricity, you need some trained workers; for trained workers, you need some schools; for schools you need some money; for money, you need some industry.

Men don't know much about women. We do know when they're happy. We know when they're crying, and we know when they're pissed off. We just don't know in what order these are gonna come at us.

Being funny, it turns out, is like being a bank. It's a confidence trick. As long as everyone believes in you, you are fine.

It's amazing, if you know what you want to say, how fast it is to write.

Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of.

Even the 'Today' programme involves a balance between the worthy-but-heavy items with the worthless-but-entertainingly-light ones.

I actually profoundly think the world's a better place when economics is fairly boring... The more boring the better.

I don't particularly like going on about being gay or making a big thing about it, but I think it's a bit of a pain to be secretive about it.

I don't want to sound like 'chirpy Evan' who's just bouncing around with his unrealistic views and doesn't understand what's going on.

If you're not making some mistakes, it probably means you're not trying hard enough.

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.

Personally, I'd like us to have a few more women on the 'Today' programme.

Reducing every issue to an argument can become stale but it's often a very good way of clarifying issues.

Someday we'll look back on this moment and plow into a parked car.