"I loathe and detest all this trivialisation of 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."Kenneth Robert Livingstone on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Kenneth Robert Livingstone on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Kenneth Robert Livingstone on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Kenneth Robert Livingstone 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."Kenneth Robert Livingstone on Joseph Stalin
"I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business. I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it."
"I do the gardening."
"I came into politics because I wished to change things. You can't do that by lying to people you have to educate, and persuade, and carry them with you - and it's often a long haul."
"Politics is not a healthy lifestyle."
"Short of being prime minister there isn't a better job in British politics than running London."