Best Quotes from Tony Blair

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

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Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.

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However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice.

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The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

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Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers or cynics.

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I learnt a lot in government, and I’ve learnt a lot since leaving government. The kind of journey of being in government is that you start at your most popular and least capable, and you end at your most capable and least popular.

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You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that’s healthy and indeed even creative. But it’s where – it’s really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky.

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Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.

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Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.

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The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for.

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The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for.

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Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.

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I have long believed this interdependence defines the new world we live in.

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Be a doer and not a critic.

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By nature, I am a unifier. I am a builder of consensus. I don’t believe in sloppy compromise. But I do believe in bringing people together.

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In no relationship at the top of any walk of life is it always easy, least of all in politics which matters so much and which is conducted in such a piercing spotlight.

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You know, one of the things I’ve learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it’s tough.

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I can only go one way. I’ve not got a reverse gear.

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The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.

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The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction – chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability – that threat is real.

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There is no way you’re going to have an event like 9/11 and expect things to remain the same. They killed 3,000 people in New York on that day, and if they could have they would’ve killed 300,000.

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In Downing Street they called me ‘Boss’. Civil servants would always call me ‘Prime Minister’.

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Yes, I feel I’ve got something to say. If people want to listen, that’s great, and if they don’t, that’s their choice.

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In government you carry each hope; each disillusion. And in politics it’s always about the next challenge.

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My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism.

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Genetic modification has many different areas, for example in medicine, and Britain is at the leading edge of this new technology. I don’t know, but people tell me, it could indeed by the leading science of the 21st century. All I say to people is: ‘Just keep an open mind and let us proceed according to genuine scientific evidence.’

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In April 1991, after the Gulf war, Iraq was given 15 days to provide a full and final declaration of all its WMD.

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Leaders lead but in the end it’s the people who deliver.

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But the world is ever more interdependent. Stock markets and economies rise and fall together. Confidence is the key to prosperity. Insecurity spreads like contagion. So people crave stability and order.

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I feel like everyone else in this country today. I am utterly devastated.

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Choice dependent on wealth; those are the Tory words.

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And just as the terrorist seeks to divide humanity in hate, so we have to unify it around an idea. And that idea is liberty.

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I believe Mrs. Thatcher’s emphasis on enterprise was right.

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We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.

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This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism.

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There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.

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Once his wife goes to sleep it takes a minor nuclear explosion to wake her.

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I didn’t come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.

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Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

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Conflict is not inevitable, but disarmament is… everyone now accepts that if there is a default by Saddam the international community must act to enforce its will.

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I may find Saddam Hussein’s regime abhorrent – any normal person would – but the survival of it is in his hands.

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It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it’s an irresponsible government that fails to choose.

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You only require two things in life: your sanity and your wife.

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I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.

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Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headline.

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I think the journey for a politician goes from wanting to please all the people all the time, to a political leader that realises in the end his responsibility is to decide. And when he decides, he divides.

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I would’ve loved to have been in a band, but sadly I just wasn’t good enough.

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When Europe and America stand together the world is a better and more prosperous place.

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Every so often, I feel I should graduate to classical music, properly. But the truth is, I’m more likely to listen to rock music.

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Education is the best economic policy there is.

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Look, I am very competitive.

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But as I always say to people I’m essentially a public service person.

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What people should understand is that I adore the Labour party.

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