Quotes by Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

British politician and author

Alive from: 1964-

Category: Politics | Writers (Contemporary)

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    All the people I talk to, increasingly, can see that the emperor has got no clothes. The case for leaving [the EU] is now overwhelming.
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    But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.
    Source: Quotes of the Day, The Times, 18 February 2005, p. 2.
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    But if people want to swim in the Thames, if they want to take their lives into their own hands, then they should be able to do so with all the freedom and exhilaration of our woad-painted ancestors.
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    Dark forces dragged me away from the keyboard, swirling forces of irresistible intensity and power.
    Source: A wise guy playing the fool to win, Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
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    Had it been us staging the Games, I don't think we would necessarily have done the switcheroo with the girl with the braces
    Source: Boris Johnson In Beijing, The Guardian, 21 August 2008
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    Hitler showed the evil that could be done by the art of rhetoric. Churchill showed how it could help to save humanity.
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    If gay marriage was OK ... then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.
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    If we get outside the EU, if we leave the EU system, we will be relieved of a huge amount of unnecessary regulation that is holding this country back. We will be able to set our own priorities, make our own laws and set our own tax policies to suit the needs of this country. We have a huge opportunity also to make people's votes count for more.
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    If we judged everybody by the stupid, unguarded things they blurt out to their nearest and dearest, then we wouldn't ever get anywhere.
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    In 1904, 20 per cent of journeys were made by bicycle in London. I want to see a figure like that again. If you can't turn the clock back to 1904, what's the point of being a Conservative?
    Source: Boris Johnson on South Bank for Barclays Cycle Hire launch, London SE1, 30 July 2010
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    It is easy to make promises - it is hard work to keep them.
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    It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.
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    Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.
    Source: The Spectator 15 April 2000
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    London is a fantastic creator of jobs - but many of these jobs are going to people who don't originate in this country.
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    My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.
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