"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."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."John Key on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."John Key on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."John Key on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."John Key on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."John Key on Albert Einstein
"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."
"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."
"I was really fascinated by politics. It always has been part of my view that politics really is a calling or you wouldn't go into it, because it's demanding and potentially has a toll on you and your family."