"I think the British people are very, very attached to the idea that the health service is free at the point of use. But there is no reason why every doctor, nurse and teacher in this country has to be employed by the state."
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."George Osborne on Buddha
"The wish for healing has always been half of health."George Osborne on Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."George Osborne on Tom Stoppard
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."George Osborne on John Muir
"'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."George Osborne on Henry David Thoreau
"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."