"If Greece had gone through a very normal political life, I may have not been in politics. But just the fact that I lived through huge upheavals and very difficult struggles and polarization and the barbarism of dictatorships - that made me feel that we had to change this country."
"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 Papandreou on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."George Papandreou on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."George Papandreou 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 Papandreou 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 Papandreou on Joseph Stalin
"At times of distress, we all like to recall the advice of fathers and mothers. The best advice my father gave me was to keep faith and deep confidence in the potential of the Greek people nurture the belief that they can do things."
"I think there is a heritage which I'm proud of, which is a fight for democracy, a fight for social justice, a fight for freedom. My grandfather went to jail or exile six times in his life, fighting for his principles for democracy, or for his country. And my father twice."
"The Marshall Plan was after destruction, and the U.S. came to our help and obviously this was very, very important for the future of Europe. I think now we have all the capabilities of doing it on our own and, in a sense, we have to."
"My hope is that we will turn Greece into maybe the most transparent country in the world with everything on the web."
"In ancient Greece, politics and the market were not decoupled."