Life is full of surprises.
When the euro was born, it was born in the wrong economic circumstances.
It is time to return to core values, time to get back to basics, to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for the others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family - and not shuffling it off on other people and the state.
Recovery begins from the darkest moment.
The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.
I think the majority of the British people are still sanguine about the need for war.
I have a huge admiration for the House of Lords, I have a huge admiration for the people who work in the House of Lords, they're great public servants and they do an absolutely tremendous job.
I think the biggest mistake I made was this wretched ability to see both sides of an argument.
The argument that someone is a bad man is an inadequate argument for war and certainly an inadequate and unacceptable argument for regime change.
If we want to deliver opportunity for all, we need an economy that delivers jobs for the future.
Whether you agree with me or disagree with me; like me or loathe me, don't bind my hands when I am negotiating on behalf of the British nation.
I inherited a sick economy and passed on a sound one. But one abiding regret for me is that, in between, I did not have the resources to put in place the educational and social changes about which I cared to much; I made only a beginning, and it was not enough.
A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.
The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.
Of course there are regrets. I shall regret always that I found my own authentic voice in politics. I was too conservative, too conventional. Too safe, too often. Too defensive. Too reactive. Later, too often on the back foot.
The sight of allegedly sophisticated politicians parroting complete tripe trivialises and demeans government and it has to be stopped. It's played a significant part in public disillusionment with politics and has led to the absurd situation where more people vote for 'Strictly Come Dancing' than voted in the general election.
Well, I have concerns about the effectiveness of Europe to compete.
I don't think nations can stand aside for ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
Well, I think there's a distinction between sexing-up the intelligence and sexing-up the presentation of the intelligence.