- If the policy isn't hurting, it isn't working.
on controlling inflation
speech in Northampton, 27 October 1989
- Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
interview with Mail on Sunday 21 February 1993
- Fifty years on from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county [cricket] grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and—as George Orwell said—old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist.
speech to the Conservative Group for Europe, 22 April 1993; see Orwell
- It is time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on the state.
speech to the Conservative Party Conference, 8 October 1993