"Competitive sport is important because it teaches you dignity in defeat."

- Culture and sport secretary Tessa Jowell on losing an MPs' egg-and-spoon race held in support of Sport Relief

"The phrase 'fair weather friend' springs to mind."

- Acevo chief executive Stephen Bubb on the effect the poor stock market conditions are having on corporate donations

"I haven't met many people who say their income has grown by 69 per cent over the past five years."

- CAF communications director Neil Jones on the Charity Commission's latest statistics about voluntary-sector income.

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