"We have been given the trust and goodwill of New Zealanders. I do not take that trust for granted, and I never will."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."John Key on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."John Key on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."John Key on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."John Key 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."John Key on Golda Meir
"New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don't do that - and you want to lead the world - then you might end up getting unintended consequences."
"We live in a world where equality is pretty important."
"Your personality as the prime minister feeds through to what you emphasise, and what you don't, how you'll handle a situation - whether you've got the combination of intelligence or instincts to adapt and to make good decisions."
"I'm not deeply ideologically driven. I believe in good center-right politics."
"I always had a long-term view of going into politics, so I suppose I was always careful. I mean, I got offered all these rinky dink tax deals, but I always paid my taxes. I am naturally quite conservative."
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