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#1. If you turn a blind eye to fare evasion, if you accustom people to getting away with minor crime, you are making it more likely that they will go on to commit more serious crimes. That is why we have so much disorder in London. It is a disgrace. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#2. The Geiger-counter of Olympomania is going to go zoink off the scale, - Author: Boris Johnson
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#3. The key thing is to be "Conservative in principle but Liberal in sympathy". - Author: Boris Johnson
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#4. We need to look at our nannying, mollycoddled, politically correct culture in my view, which stops kids from going out and playing competitive sport. I also think we need to look at the shear fatness of the regulations which control people who want to help kids play sport. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#5. Huge numbers of people in London depend on their cars. Fuel duty is becoming a big factor in people's cost of living. I believe in trying to ease these burdens. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#6. I suppose with houses and assets, then I guess I would be a millionaire. But so are a lot of people. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#7. It is easy to make promises - it is hard work to keep them. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#8. I lead a life of blameless domesticity and always have done. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#9. Volunteering is also now more crucial than ever in helping people find work. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#10. I think the risks that people see of terrorism are incredibly important but we are very confident we have got the right people on it and the risks have been minimised. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#11. 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. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#12. If I'd been on the Remain side I would have tried to have seen the best in Europe and tried to explain that. Instead, what they've done is endlessly try and talk up what they see as the weaknesses of Britain and they aren't there. That's a total mistake. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#13. I believe in immigration. But I feel people think it would be better if there was an Australian-style points based system so we could actually get a good system. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#14. I'm not one of those people who believes in going endlessly around finger wagging and ticking people off for occasional colourful use of language. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#15. 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. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#16. I want to win and I want to be in office. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#17. The job of mayor of London is unbelievably taxing, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#18. I cant remember what my line on drugs is. Whats my line on drugs? - Author: Boris Johnson
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#19. 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. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#20. If we vote to Leave and take back control, all sorts of opportunities open up. Including doing new free trade deals around the world, restoring Britain's seat on all sorts of international bodies, restoring health to our democracy and belief to our democracy. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#21. I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#22. Life isn't like coursework, baby. It's one damn essay crisis after another. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#23. I'd like thousands of schools as good as the one I went to, Eton. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#24. I firmly believe that volunteering is good for our society and brings communities together. It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved in your local community, to meet new people and to gain a sense of pride and achievement. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#25. Times have been tough, the economy has been tough. But I want to bring forward a fantastic manifesto for taking the city forwards. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#26. We did everything we could to break down barriers that restrain poorest. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#27. So I'm definitely in favour of stimulating the dynamic wealth creation sectors of the economy. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#28. We need to remember that we can't compete endlessly with other nations that set their income taxes substantially lower than ours. They will attract jobs, and investment. They may generate more tax - and they may even persuade their tennis champs to run that extra half yard - Author: Boris Johnson
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#29. My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#30. London is the most commercially important city in Europe, and it's the most populous city. It should be for the whole of the European continent what New York is to America. That's what it should be. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#31. [People] are woefully underestimating this country and what it can achieve. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#33. The meat in the sausage has got to be Conservative. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#34. I want you to know that I have nothing against Orlando, though you are, of course, far more likely to get shot or robbed there than in London. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#35. Most people would accept that people come to London from across the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, and are accepted here irrespective of their origins. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#36. Some people think that it [Brexit] is the end of the world. It's not. On the contrary, it's a massive opportunity for this country. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#37. Sometimes I can think of so many ways of expressing myself that I feel I'm an old typewriter, and too many keys come forward at once - and I get jammed. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#38. 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? - Author: Boris Johnson
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#39. He is the resounding human rebuttal to all Marxist historians who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces. The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#40. Augustine said he wept more for the death of Dido than he did for the death of his own saviour. What about Book Four, the best book of the best poem of the best poet? - Author: Boris Johnson
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#41. The Shakespearean theatre was the product of the entrepreneurial maritime culture of the age, - Author: Boris Johnson
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#42. I am hoping very much to get re-elected but it is going to be a tough fight. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#43. He is like some sherry-crazed old dowager who has lost the family silver at roulette, and who now decides to double up by betting the house as well. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#44. I think it is going to be wonderful. I went to the Paralympics in Beijing and have seen how brilliant the sport is at first hand. People are going to love it. It is going to change people's attitudes to Paralympians and it is going to be a great show. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#45. London is - after Athens and Rome - the third most influential city in history. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#46. I'm not particularly politically correct, so I tend to reflect what I think are the terrible realities of life, which I think are, generally speaking, conservative. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#47. These days we dimly believe that the Second World War was won with Russian blood and American money; and though that is in some ways true, it is also true that, without Churchill, Hitler would almost certainly have won. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#48. There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#49. Since January 1993 there have been 27 other countries not in the EU that have done better than the UK at exporting goods into the single market. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#50. What I really think about Banksy is I think he's a genius; he's a great artist, and I like his stuff. But he's got to accept it if, from time to time, someone will need to paint over his work. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#51. I do think human beings cannot be faulted for wishing to judge themselves and their lives and their achievements by others around them; that is a natural human feeling. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#52. It just happens I write fast and always have done. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#53. What I worry about is that people are losing confidence, losing energy, losing enthusiasm, and there's a real opportunity to get them into work. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#54. 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. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#55. This is not a time to quail, it is not a crisis, nor should we see it as an excuse for self-doubt. It is a moment of hope. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#56. When my father began his work in the 1970s it was a very different EU. I pay tribute to what he did. But it has now become a very different proposition: the United States of Europe. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#57. This is our chance to build a Britain where everyone benefits from the success of the economy. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#58. I have not been more robust towards female rather than male assembly members and I do not believe I have been remotely sexist. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#59. Lear's daughters and their loathsome husbands are all deservedly slaughtered for their ill treatment of an aged ruler (one of the reasons that tragedy remains so huge in Asia) - Author: Boris Johnson
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#60. I'm no communist.I'm a tax cutting Conservative. But I want a capitalism that is fairer to forgotten people. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#61. I'm in politics to change things - if possible, for the better. I was a journalist for a long time, but I had a kind of midlife crisis, and I decided I needed to do something to get on the pitch and stop endlessly kicking over other peoples' sandcastles. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#62. I want London to be the most cycle-friendly city on Earth, and I want more people to be happy and safe on bicycles. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#63. I would ban sweets from school - but this pressure to bring in healthy food is too much - Author: Boris Johnson
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#64. There must be room in our world for eccentricity, even if it offends the prudes, and room for the vague other-worldliness that often goes with genius. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#65. The crucial thing is to look in an informed way at what's going on. Look at the way in which we are forced by our imbalanced system to push away people who might contribute mightily to the NHS. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#66. When lorry drivers come up behind me and I'm cycling, innocently keeping to my side of the road, and they decide because they are so big, and their lorry is so powerful, and they just want to clear me out of the road, and they hoot aggressively, then I do see red a bit. I do. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#67. The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#68. The idea that the EU is somehow the guarantor of peace on the continent - that is in itself rash, in my view, and risks undermining the vital role of Nato. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#69. I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#70. I want London to be a competitive, dynamic place to come to work. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#71. London is the sporting capital of the world. I say to the Chinese and I say to the world, ping pong is coming home. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#72. When Cameron's Conservatives come to power it will be a golden age for cyclists and an Elysium of cycle lanes, bike racks, and sharia law for bike thieves. And I hope that cycling in London will become almost Chinese in its ubiquity. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#73. It's not reasonable for companies that have chief executives and board members who are paid very considerable sums to subsidise low pay through in-work benefits. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#74. The beauty and riddle in studying the motives of any politician is in trying to decide what is idealism and what is self-interest; and often we are left to conclude that the answer is a mixture of the two. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#75. The Remain campaign ... I've never seen a more miserable offering. All they are saying is stay in and we'll do our best to make sure that Britain's Parliamentary independence isn't eroded faster than we can possibly imagine. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#76. on a stool amid his guffawing comrades, 'I stand for - Author: Boris Johnson
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#77. We celebrate the contribution of people who have come to this country to make it better. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#78. Never in my life did I think I would be congratulated by Mick Jagger for achieving anything. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#79. The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#80. Our friends in America will be at the front of the queue for trade deals. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#81. That is the best case for Bush; that, among other things, he liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#82. There are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#83. I am supporting David Cameron purely out of cynical self-interest. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#84. One thing you have got to do politically is to identify the ties that bind society together and try to strengthen them. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#85. London is a fantastic creator of jobs - but many of these jobs are going to people who don't originate in this country. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#86. I'm a one-nation Tory. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#87. If we judged everybody by the stupid, unguarded things they blurt out to their nearest and dearest, then we wouldn't ever get anywhere. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#88. Some people play the piano, some do Sudoku, some watch television, some people go out to dinner parties. I write books. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#89. My ideal world is, we're there, we're in the EU, trying to make it better. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#90. Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix and stay conscious. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#91. Can I say anything good about Ken Livinstone? A long time ago he did some good things, but I can't now remember what any of them were. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#92. Humanity would have plunged into a new dark age of absolutely frightening and appalling characteristics without Churchill. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#93. You are part of our Great British family. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#94. We are experiencing such large support for the Olympic relay that our advice is to stay in your neighbourhood, stay in your borough and wait for it to come near you. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#95. The next Tory leader would have to unify his party and ensure that Britain stood tall in the world. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#96. There's an idea that London is a planet on its own: that it's starting to diverge from the rest of the solar system. We need to combat that. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#97. I'm made up of immigrant stock. I went to a primary school in London. I grew up eating Spangles, why shouldn't I be as well placed to speak for Londoners as anyone else? - Author: Boris Johnson
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#98. I dont see why people are so snooty about Channel Five. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap-dancing, and other related and vital subjects - Author: Boris Johnson
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#99. Nothing excites compassion, in friend and foe alike, as much as the sight of you ker-splonked on the Tarmac with your propeller buried six feet under. - Author: Boris Johnson
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#100. As a Scot Gordon Brown will find it hard to convince people in England he should be prime minister - Author: Boris Johnson
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