"We must remember that politics is more than a power game. The core of politics in my view is to serve our citizens, to serve our fellow human beings."
"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."Kjell Magne Bondevik on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Kjell Magne Bondevik on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Kjell Magne Bondevik on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Kjell Magne Bondevik 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."Kjell Magne Bondevik on Joseph Stalin
"Knowledge of other people's beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts."
"Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes."
"A person's worth is quite independent of their usefulness to society."