John Major


John Major Quotes

  • ''The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Express (London, July 25, 1989).
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  • ''A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Mail (London, Jan. 4, 1991).
  • ''Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. interview in Mail on Sunday (London, Feb. 21, 1993).
  • ''Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be "too clever by half." The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Observer (London, July 7, 1991).
  • ''I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. remark, Oct. 24, 1992, à propos of the disagreements over Britain's membership in Europe. reported in Guardian (London, Oct. 28, 1992).
  • ''The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Interview, November 25, 1990, on BBC Radio 4 (UK). "World This Weekend."

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