"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Mario Monti on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Mario Monti on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Mario Monti on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Mario Monti on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Mario Monti on William Shakespeare
"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 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."
"So I think democracy, in the long-term, in our countries will survive if it comes to be associated with leadership, will not survive if democracy plus media brings to us more and more followship rather than leadership."