"The world is not going into concentric blocs of power. It is actually going into a diffusion of power with more centres of decision-making than ever in human civilisation. That requires you to place yourself in far more hubs of power than ever before."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."William Hague on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."William Hague on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."William Hague on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."William Hague on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."William Hague on Booker T. Washington
"You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance."
"The message I take all round the world is Britain is open for business."
"I gave up lots of things I love doing: writing, and business, and playing the piano and so on."
"I don't think my principles change. I think the way in which you apply those principles to modern society changes."
"We have to face the reality of climate change. It is arguably the biggest threat we are facing today."