It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

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Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.

TV interview for Thames TV This Week on Feb. 5, 1976

It is a great night. It is the end of Socialism.

On hearing the results of the 1992 general election (9 April, 1992)

For my part, I favour an approach to statecraft that embraces principles, as long as it is not stifled by them; and I prefer such principles to be accompanied by steel along with good intentions.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

What government has to do is to set the framework for human talent to flourish.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

I fight on, I fight to win.

Remarks to journalists in Downing Street (21 November 1990)