An eclectic collection that made us pause for thought.
We must avoid arrogance. Vanity leads to mistakes.
There’s no point in being an economist if you can’t manipulate statistics.
Stay ahead of the avant garde.
Just for the record, I’m not in favour of sin.
Definition of the monarchy:
The light above politics.
It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds.
She [Tracey Emin] is the Sarah Palin of the art world.
Democracy is a like bus, we will get off when we get to our destination.
Science is the poetry of reality.
Everything has to be acted to be real.
If a God has made this world, then I would not like to be the God; it’s misery and distress would break my heart.
You’ll never have a good art career unless your work fits into the elevator of a New York apartment block.
It is a very long cultural decline from Lord Reith to the current Reith lectures: all the way from robust health to decadent triviality.
Watching the prime minister trying to run the country is like watching Edward Scissorhands trying to make balloon animals.
To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see.
Physically I’m a chicken. Mentally, I’m bold.
Fear is a far more dominant force in human behaviour than euphoria.
Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.
The English don’t understand music, but they love the noise it makes.
If it weren’t for electricity, we’d all be watching television by candlelight.
Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians.
When I was sitting there at the Fed, I would say “Does anyone know what is going on?” ….. I couldn’t tell what was really happening.
Music makes people less obsessed with consumerism because a performance is not a consumable or ownable. It’s not a commodity.
Spare me your sermons and I will fix your sewers.
I don’t spend my days fussing about even large sums of money. It’s not that I’m rich, it’s just that I’d rather not look at a piece of paper with money written on it. It’s not what I do.
“What is the penalty for bigamy?”
We pretend we’re run by people. We’re not run by anybody. The secret of modern Britain is that there is no power anywhere.
Real concern for the future is always more persuasive in those who have a genuine feeling for the past.
The curious phenomenon is that contemporary art is descended from the avant-garde but has taken something that was a radical, complex gesture and made it popular and simple, so it misrepresents modernism’s tradition.
Definition of Peace in modern times:
Peace is merely the interval while everyone is reloading.
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
The future is the only certain thing that does not exist.
I now want more time to devote to politics and more freedom to do so.
I would be ashamed if I ever said anything I didn’t believe in, to get on personally.
He (Tony Blair) squandered a massive landslide from an electorate hungry for change, poured billions of public pounds into private pockets and accelerated the growing gap between rich and poor.
To be honest, I don’t like students very much.
There is no business on a dead planet.
Less inequality is likely to make economies work better by increasing the ability of the entire population to participate, on more equal terms. An important condition for this, in turn, is that politics not be unduly beholden to wealth.
When you have time to go fishing, you don’t have the money. And when you have the money, you don’t have the time.
You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.
The birth of the lounge suit has been the death of creativity for men’s dress.
You should sleep as little as you can, and try and change the world.
After you have about $5m to $10m, your lifestyle doesn’t really change that much.
Doing nothing is not an option.
The question is, why are private details that are transmitted online any different from the details of our lives that are stored in our private journals? There shouldn’t be this distinction between digital and printed information.
It will be a war in which we risk almost everything of which we are proud, and in which we stand to gain nothing.
Even those who have worked for the war will enter it without enthusiasm, and amongst the majority of our countrymen the thought of it has aroused the deepest misgivings and the most poignant regret.
Some day we shall all regret it.
What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.
There are two things people always pay for, food and sex. I wasn’t any good at cooking.
This world doesn’t make it easy with the constant pressures to conform and be ‘normal’. But when I realised that nobody was normal, it was a huge liberation, one that transformed my life.
A party full of ‘likeable’ people doesn’t bear contemplating.