"Look, I want what's good for everybody. I want to promote good state education for all. I want to raise standards for all kids, irrespective of race and class but why can't they all just do what I say when I know I'm right?"
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Arabella Weir on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Arabella Weir on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Arabella Weir on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Arabella Weir on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Arabella Weir on Oscar Wilde
"If one's honest about it, spending time in a car with children is pretty ghastly."
"My dad was a diplomat and after living in America, where I was born, he was posted to Cairo."
"In the 20 long, hungry years between my late teens and late 30s I bought in to virtually every new diet and/or exercise regime that hoved into view, particularly at this most vulnerable time for those of us prone to poor body image - a new year."
"Sticking to a diet required me to have a permanently low self-esteem. But happily, I developed other skills beyond a fluctuating weight, eventually building up a different source of self-worth."
"I know a lot of people fear the rougher types who might be at a state school, but surely it is better to know who they are and how to deal with them than for that kind of child to appear as a completely different species to yours."