"I think for the most part people are proud of the bicultural foundation New Zealand is built on and the fact that we are a multicultural society."
"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."John Key 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."John Key on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."John Key on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."John Key on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."John Key on Mahatma Gandhi
"New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don't do that - and you want to lead the world - then you might end up getting unintended consequences."
"We live in a world where equality is pretty important."
"Your personality as the prime minister feeds through to what you emphasise, and what you don't, how you'll handle a situation - whether you've got the combination of intelligence or instincts to adapt and to make good decisions."
"I'm not deeply ideologically driven. I believe in good center-right politics."
"I always had a long-term view of going into politics, so I suppose I was always careful. I mean, I got offered all these rinky dink tax deals, but I always paid my taxes. I am naturally quite conservative."