Boris Johnson Quotes

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“There is no finer subject. I say that without prejudice to other subjects, which you can basically read in your bath.”

  • On the subject of Classics, 2005.

“Drifting rudderless in the wide Sargasso Sea of New Labour’s ideological vacuum”

  • Boris on Tony Blair

“One man’s Mickey Mouse course is another man’s literae humaniores.”

  • Discussing the “lite” courses studied at British universities.

“It is often immigrants who like waving flags and receiving CBEs, and they certainly seem pretty good at cricket.”

  • Discussing the pros and cons of British immigration.

“The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy”

  • Boris on George “dubya” Bush

Wisdom of Boris

“Nor do I propose to defend the right to talk on a mobile while driving a car, though I don’t believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving – nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on.”

  • “To the lady who berated me, I say: on your bike”, Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2002, p. 21.

The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP, they have run out of better ideas.

  • “What’s wrong with 40 Liverpool Road?”, Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2003, p. 24.

“If Amsterdam or Leningrad vie for the title of Venice of the North, then Venice – what compliment is high enough? Venice, with all her civilisation and ancient beauty, Venice with her addiction to curious aquatic means of transport, yes, my friends, Venice is the Henley of the South.

  • “Paying through the Doge for Europe”, Daily Telegraph, 11 March 2004, p. 22.

“I don’t see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. 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.

  • “What has the BBC come to? Toilets, that’s what”, Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2002, p. 29.

On Ken Livingstone
“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.

– Boris Johnson
“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.

– Boris Johnson
“I say let people eat what they like. Why shouldn’t they push pies through the railings?

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