"My advice is very simple: if you can win a small battle, it gives you confidence in the political process to take on bigger battles, and so it is very much a bottom-up grass-roots way of doing politics."
"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."David Miliband on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."David Miliband on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."David Miliband on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."David Miliband 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."David Miliband on Joseph Stalin
"The biggest opportunity in 2013 is in Africa. It has seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. In Nigeria alone there are 100 million people with mobile phones. In total, 300 million Africans - five times the population of Britain - are in the middle class."
"The problems that the world faces - from nuclear proliferation to climate change - can't be tackled by the West alone. They need a coalition of not just West and East, but they need a coalition of Christian and Jew and Muslim."
"My memories are of my dad taking me to football on Saturday mornings, and my mum taking me swimming. Those are the things I remember from my childhood, not sitting around the table debating capitalism and the profit squeeze."
"In Britain, the centrally prescribed welfare to work system short-changes the young unemployed. Transport, housing and education are over centralised."
"Everything about my politics has been about the future."