"If you look at the footballers, you look at our celebrity culture, we seem to be saying, 'This is the way you want to be'. We seem to be a society that celebrates all the wrong people."
"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."Iain Duncan Smith 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."Iain Duncan Smith on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Iain Duncan Smith on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Iain Duncan Smith on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Iain Duncan Smith on Mahatma Gandhi
"My view is pensioners don't have the one option that people of working age have. They can't really increase their income, because they are no longer able to work."
"Work is transformative. It gives you a greater chance of a greater income. You can affect your life while you're of working age, so you have scope and opportunity. Pensioners do not."
"For families across the UK who are income-poor, but more than that, whose lives are blighted by worklessness, educational failure, family breakdown, problem debt and poor health, as well as other problems, giving them an extra pound - say through increased benefits - will not address the reason they find themselves in difficulty in the first place."
"The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values, not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures, but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives."
"When families are strong and stable, so are children - showing higher levels of wellbeing and more positive outcomes. But when things go wrong - either through family breakdown or a damaged parental relationship - the impact on a child's later life can be devastating."