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The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Education is the best economic policy there is.

There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.

But in terms of how people live together, how we minimize the prospects of conflict and maximize the prospects of peace, the place of religion in our society today is essential.

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.

Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for.

My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism.

My dad was a militant atheist, or is a militant atheist. My mum was sort of bought up in a religious family because she was a Protestant from Ireland but wasn't especially religious.

The threat today is not that of the 1930s. It's not big powers going to war with each other. The ravages which fundamentalist political ideology inflicted on the 20th century are memories. The Cold war is over. Europe is at peace, if not always diplomatically.

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.

It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.

The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.

And just as the terrorist seeks to divide humanity in hate, so we have to unify it around an idea. And that idea is liberty.

I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear.

Every so often, I feel I should graduate to classical music, properly. But the truth is, I'm more likely to listen to rock music.

I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.

Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.