"The one thing we can all be sure about in politics is you are as well to expect the unexpected."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Charles Kennedy on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Charles Kennedy on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Charles Kennedy on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Charles Kennedy on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Charles Kennedy on Joseph Stalin
"Music and politics are in essence about communication. Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across."
"Courage is a peculiar kind of fear."
"I believe that access to a university education should be based on the ability to learn, not what people can afford. I think there is no more nauseating a sight than politicians pulling up the ladder of opportunity behind them."
"I want to see far more decisions taken far closer to the patients, the passengers and the pupils. Far more power for locally and regionally elected politicians who understand best the needs of their areas. And far more say too for the dedicated staff at all levels in health and education."
"Further Education should be about the ability to learn, not the ability to pay - everyone who is able should have the opportunity, regardless of their family background. I don't want to see students struggling with huge debts or frightened off even going to university in the first place."