"What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again."
"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."Estelle Morris on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Estelle Morris on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Estelle Morris on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Estelle Morris 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."Estelle Morris on Joseph Stalin
"I know there are things I did in education that will never be reversed. I have not done that in film yet because I have only been here for about nine months."
"If bringing up the next generation is important, why aren't they the best qualified, the best paid? Why aren't we as concerned about their career progression as we are about those who work in the education or health services?"
"At different times I taught humanities, social sciences and pre-vocational education."
"We do recognise the need to move towards the publication of information showing the progress made by pupils from one stage of their education to another."
"Where the private sector, or anyone else, has skills, knowledge and resources that can help to deliver a high quality of education and to raise standards, we should use them."