John Howard quotes

  • It's too much to expect in an academic setting that we should all agree, but it is not too much to expect discipline and unvarying civility.
    -- John Howard

    #Reality #Fog #Discipline

  • I don't think there's any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they're in the military or in the police.
    -- John Howard

    #Military #Thinking #People

  • We won't just automatically click our heels and follow the Americans.
    -- John Howard

    #High Heels #Clicks #Heels

  • The most important civil liberty... is to stay alive and to be free from violence and death.
    -- John Howard

    #Important #Liberty #Alive

  • I'd like to be seen as an average Australian bloke. I can't think of... I can't think of a nobler description of anybody than to be called an average Australian bloke.
    -- John Howard

    #Thinking #Average #Australia Day

  • You are not prime minister of Australia because of some kind of process of divine selection. You are prime minister of Australia through the gift of the Australian people.
    -- John Howard

    #Leadership #Australia #People

  • People who say they're too busy to have lunch have a false impression of their own importance.
    -- John Howard

    #Lunch #People #Busy

  • Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life.
    -- John Howard

    #Political #Truth Is #Absolute Truth

  • I don't think it is wrong, racist, immoral or anything, for a country to say 'we will decide what the cultural identity and the cultural destiny of this country will be and nobody else'.
    -- John Howard

    #Country #Destiny #Thinking

  • The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.
    -- John Howard

    #Fitness #Cycling #Riding A Bicycle

  • You can't fatten the pig on market day.
    -- John Howard

    #Money #Pigs

  • I thank all of those who weren't born in this country for coming here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least discriminatory country in the world, in my view.
    -- John Howard

    #Country #Views #Australia

  • There is a very special place in the Australian psyche for sport. It is one of the pillars of the Australian way of life. You don't really understand what makes the Australian nation tick unless you understand the great affection Australians have for sport.
    -- John Howard

    #Sports #Special #Pillars

  • The 'black armband' view of our history reflects a belief that most Australian history since 1788 has been little more than a disgraceful story of imperialism, exploitation, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. I take a very different view. I believe that the balance sheet of our history is one of heroic achievement and that we have achieved much more as a nation of which we can be proud of than which we should be ashamed.
    -- John Howard

    #Believe #Views #Racism

  • If I am wrong and you are right then the democratic process of the Australian community will vindicate you and condemn me.
    -- John Howard

    #Australia #Community #Process

  • She was my accountant, so I just believed her.
    -- John Howard

    #Just Believe #Accountants

  • In my estimation, there should always be a mixture of economic liberalism - which means small government, a great emphasis on markets - but also a certain degree of social conservatism, not to favor change unless that change is beneficial. So I describe myself as an economic liberal and a social conservative.
    -- John Howard

    #Mean #Government #Mixtures

  • Young people are at risk of being disinherited from their community if that community lacks the courage and confidence to teach its history.
    -- John Howard

    #People #Community #Risk

  • I accept that in a free society you have to justify reductions in people's liberties. I accept that, bearing in mind my starting point is that the most important human right is the right to life.
    -- John Howard

    #People #Mind #Important

  • When the term Christian or even Protestant is used, it seldom refers to any particularly evangelical doctrine or way of life. More often it refers to a religion accepted by the large majority, which assures them that God is not so much a Lord who demands obedience as a handyman who is available whenever we need help.
    -- John Howard

    #Christian #Majority #Doctrine

  • I accept that climate change is a challenge, I accept the broad theory about global warming. I am sceptical about a lot of the more gloomy predictions.
    -- John Howard

    #Challenges #Climate #Global Warming

  • For so long as we condone injustice by a small but powerful group, we condone the destruction of all social stability, all real peace, all trust in man's good intentions toward his fellow man.
    -- John Howard

    #Powerful #Real #Men

  • Nobody should underestimate how much the world changed on the 11th of September 2001.
    -- John Howard

    #World #September #Underestimate

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