Tony Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He was not only the youngest prime minister since 1812 but also one of Britain's most influential and long-serving leaders in a century.
Following are top 15 famous quotes from Tony Blair.
“I had discovered long ago the first lesson of political courage: to think anew. I had then learned the second: to be prepared to lead and to decide. I was now studying the third: how to take the calculated risk. I was going to alienate some people, like it or not. The moment you decide, you divide.”
"One of the perils of modern politics is that we are engaged in "the era of the loud-mouth". There is an interesting debate – in the west particularly – between the politics of the anger and the politics of the answer."
"A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really. But I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders. I really do."
“Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government and I will lead it as party of government.”
“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.”
"I think if you have faith about these things, you realise that judgment is made by other people ... and if you believe in God, it's made by God as well."
“Let no one be in doubt that the rules of the game are changing, ... If you come to our country from abroad, don't meddle in extremism.”
“A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in...And how many want out.”
“I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament.”
"The third way stands for a modernised social democracy, passionate in its commitment to social justice and the goals of the centre-left, but flexible innovative and forward-looking in the means to achieve them."
“You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that's healthy and indeed even creative. But it's where - it's really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky.”
“The single hardest thing for a practicing politician to understand is that most people, most of the time, don’t give politics a first thought all day long.”
“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.”
"Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education, education."