"I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our politics."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."George Osborne on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."George Osborne on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."George Osborne on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."George Osborne on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."George Osborne on Golda Meir
"The foundations of a strong economy don't rest alone on the decisions of Chancellors or the spending programmes of government."
"If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government."
"It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star, or someone to watch."
"Of all the public services, education is the one I'm most interested in. You get a more dynamic economy, you deal with most social problems, and it's morally right."
"I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the 'Today' programme and item four on the news was: 'The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.' I lay there thinking that's interesting, then I realised it was me."
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