32 Wonderful John Key Quotes

John Key is the Former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Serving as the leader of the New Zealand National Party, Key served three terms before resigning from his position. Here is a look at some of the best John Key quotes to inspire you.

“I believe the future of our country can be really great.”

“I dare you to show me one example where I haven’t discharged my responsibility seriously, professionally and appropriately.”

“I guess I’m reasonably confident in all honesty. But I definitely don’t think I’m arrogant. I’m pretty down to earth, I mean I’m genuinely down to earth.”

“I have always thought, genuinely thought, that elections are like world cups. They sometimes look easier from the outside and they are very difficult when you are in the middle of them.”

“I have quite a strong sense of wanting to sort of, wanting to help others. I’m not claiming I’m a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.”

“I read a review on the Herald, it says it takes 40 minutes to get to the first sex session apparently and the whole movie only contains 11 minutes of forbidden fruit.”

“I think for the most part people are proud of the bicultural foundation New Zealand is built on and the fact that we are a multicultural society.”

“I used to think… that people would think badly of me for various stuff they read. But now I accept it’s just part of the deluge of stuff that comes every day.”

“I want to leave New Zealand in better shape than I found it. I know the job of prime minister is not forever and I’m going to do the best I can every day to make that difference.”

“I was really fascinated by politics. It always has been part of my view that politics really is a calling or you wouldn’t go into it, because it’s demanding and potentially has a toll on you and your family.”

“I’m not claiming I’m a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.”

“Investment is crucial. Because the truth is, you only get jobs and growth in the economy when people invest money, at their own risk, in setting up a business or expanding an existing business.”

“It would be stupid of me to rule out ever being the leader because that’s an impossible thing to rule out. I can’t predict future events.”

“I’ve always been a glass-half-full as opposed to a glass-half-empty, and the day that changes is the day I should leave.”

“Let’s just get a deal done then let’s worry about expanding it.”

“Moral persuasion over a period of time makes a difference, but we shouldn’t be naive to think that just because we raise it in a meeting it will make all those problems go away. It won’t and it doesn’t.”

“New Zealand as a whole needs to save more, spend less and reduce our reliance on foreign debt.”

“Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including New Zealanders, in several different parts of the world.”

“Our opponents say more children are living in poverty than when we came into office. And that’s probably right.”

“Sunday night I always cook if I can – if I’m home, I always cook.”

“The public talk colloquially, the public’s grammar’s not perfect. They kid around and I don’t think they overly mark me down for that. They just see me as a normal guy.”

“The world, whether we like it or not, will become more and more borderless.”

“We also need to remember the enduring principles on which the National Party is based – individual responsibility, support for families and communities, and a belief that the State can’t and shouldn’t do everything.”

“We are a small, open economy, highly dependent on global flows. It is inevitably a demand that dramatically alters and that is reflected in what we feel here in New Zealand. So there is at its most basic level a limit to what we can do and that is true everywhere.”

“We have been given the trust and goodwill of New Zealanders. I do not take that trust for granted, and I never will.”

“We live in a world where equality is pretty important.”

“We should always measure a government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record”

“While his removal will not necessarily bring an immediate end to terrorist activity, I have absolutely no doubt that the world is a safer place without Osama Bin Laden.”

“You are not going to change me and if you do, it will look like a fraud, it will be a fraud.”

“You can’t base an industry solely on one person. That’s a very vulnerable business strategy.”

“You get out of life what you put into it. I think you need a bit of luck but you also make a bit of luck. I think that if you’re a pretty decent person you’ll get back what you put in.”

“Your personality as the prime minister feeds through to what you emphasize, and what you don’t, how you’ll handle a situation – whether you’ve got them combination of intelligence or instincts to adapt and to make good decisions.”

Here is a first hand interview with John Key as he explains his reasoning and justification behind his decision to resign.

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