"A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."George Osborne on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."George Osborne on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."George Osborne on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."George Osborne on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."George Osborne on Mahatma Gandhi
"The foundations of a strong economy don't rest alone on the decisions of Chancellors or the spending programmes of government."
"If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government."
"It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star, or someone to watch."
"Of all the public services, education is the one I'm most interested in. You get a more dynamic economy, you deal with most social problems, and it's morally right."
"I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the 'Today' programme and item four on the news was: 'The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.' I lay there thinking that's interesting, then I realised it was me."