"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."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."George Osborne on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."George Osborne on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."George Osborne on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."George Osborne on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."George Osborne on John Steinbeck
"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."