"I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our 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."George Osborne on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."George Osborne on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."George Osborne on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."George Osborne 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."George Osborne on Joseph Stalin
"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."