"I have the most profound respect for the Department of Justice and the FTC. We in Europe are a younger and I would say junior institution to the historical antitrust experience of the US."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mario Monti on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mario Monti on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mario Monti on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mario Monti on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mario Monti on Abraham Lincoln
"If governments let themselves be fully bound by the decisions of their parliaments without protecting their own freedom to act, a breakup of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration."
"Italy has piled up huge public debt because the successive governments were too close to the life of ordinary citizens, too willing to please the requests of everybody, thereby acting against the interests of future generations."
"Italy even in the future will not need aid from the European Financial Stability Fund."
"I hope that my government can help change Italian mentality."
"I believe that in Europe, we have a collective leadership."