Quotes by Lou Holz

To be honest, I can’t recall ever hearing about Lou Holz.  I was searching for the author of a quote and his name came up.  Lou was an American football coach who died in 1980.

After checking out a few of his other quotes, I decided that I liked his earthy competitiveness; his energy and focus; and his mix of life, sport, business and faith, all in one package.

The Quotes

“I’m no genius.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I give opinions, not advice.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“See, winners embrace hard work.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“No one has ever drowned in sweat” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“I just have an enthusiasm for life.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“One thing about me is I try to be honest.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Football coaches don’t have real problems.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“God looks after children, animals and idiots.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I’m so old, I don’t buy green bananas any more.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“When all is said and done, more is said than done.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“God answers prayers, but he doesn’t always answer it your way.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“To win a national championship, you’ve got to be a little lucky.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“It’s not the load that breaks you down – its the way you carry it” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“Whenever you give up something, you must replace it with something.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“I said they were capable of it. I didn’t say they were going to do it” — Lou Holtz –  ThinkExist

 

“If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“How do you know what it’s like to be stupid if you’ve never been smart?” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“I used to pray that God would make me a great athlete, and He never did.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“After winning, most teams become individuals; most teams become complacent.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I believe that having a spiritual life is so important in everybody’s life.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“When I work a game as an analyst, all I do is look at the game like a coach.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“No matter what happens on the field, getting an education makes you a winner.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“If he’s got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don’t hire him” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn’t make your house look any better” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“For victory in life, we’ve got to keep focused on the goal, and the goal is Heaven.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I do think coaches need to get away from the game more, though. It’s good for them.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I feel that God wants me to coach; otherwise, he wouldn’t have put the desire in me.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“All my life, I’ve been trying to make a hole-in-one. The closest I’ve come is a bogey.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“The key to winning is choosing to do God’s will and loving others with all you’ve got.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“A lifetime contract for a coach means if you’re ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can’t fire you” — Lou Holtz –  ThinkExist

 

“An agent won’t help you get drafted higher, won’t make you win more games, and won’t make you faster or stronger.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“As a coach, one thing that used to frustrate me was one player would make a bad decision, and that’s all you would read about in the papers all over the country. We have so many athletes do so many wonderful things for other people, and you never read about it.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Don’t run if you can walk. Don’t walk if you can stand. Don’t stand if you can sit. Don’t sit if you can lie down.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“I think that we have opportunities all around us – sometimes we just don’t recognize them.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote

 

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

“Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes

 

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Quotes by Muhammad Ali

Who doesn’t have some core memory of Muhammed Ali, inside the ring or out?  Mine is watching the fight between Ali and Joe Frazier in the University Bar.

And who doesn’t have a favoured quote (or two? With all the available material, only one might be difficult).  My favourite is the “Impossible” quote.  There are many others that are clever, or have deep religious or segregationist overtones.  But the “impossible” quote is for everyman with a dream.

I’ve search high and low, compared attributions and eliminated duplicates and fakes.

There are far more “long quotes” that haven’t made it, but they are somewhat repetitious: this is not an archival exercise, but an exercise to put on display the great heart, mind and body of one of the great athletes of all time.

The Quotes

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]

 

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“What keeps me going is goals” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“My toughest fight was with my first wife” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“Old age is just a record of one’s whole life” — Muhammad Ali –  [2]

 

“When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace” — Muhammad Ali –  [3]

 

“I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world” — Muhammad Ali –  [3]

 

“No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room” — Muhammad Ali –  [3]

 

“I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free” — Muhammad Ali –  [3]

 

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [4]

 

“I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat” — Muhammad Ali – The Greatest My Own Story –  [4]

 

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” — Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times –  [4]

 

“The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“You lose nothing when fighting for a cause … In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man” — Muhammad Ali –  [4]

 

“Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“I’m the greatest, I’m a bad man, and I’m pretty!” — Muhammad Ali – Ali! Ali!: The Words of Muhammed Ali. –  [5]

 

“Go to College, Stay in school, If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“Superman don’t need no seat belt” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“If your mind can conceive it; and your heart can believe it – then you can achieve it” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With The VietCong…No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger” — Muhammad Ali –  [5]

 

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths” — Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times –  [5]

 

“I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [5]

 

“All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [5]

 

“We can’t be brave without fear” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [5]

 

“Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me! – young Cassius Clay to heavily favored thug Sonny Liston during the weigh in before Cassius wins his first title and changes his name to Muhammad Ali” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections of life’s journey –  [6]

 

“When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [6]

 

“Service to others is the rent that we pay on earth for our room in heaven” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“IT AINT BRAGGING IF YOU CAN BACK IT UP” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [6]

 

“Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn’t mean anything, because I didn’t have the right color skin” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [6]

 

“Impossible is nothing” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey –  [6]

 

“Impossible is Nothing” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“I hated every minute of the training, but i told myself, “don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“Service to others is the price that you pay for your place here on Earth” — Muhammad Ali –  [6]

 

“Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision” — Muhammad Ali –  [7]

 

“We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last” — Muhammad Ali –  [8]

 

“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on “ — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen” — Muhammad Ali –  [9]

 

“Who would have thought, when they came to the fight, that they’d witness a launchin’ of a black satellite” — Muhammad Ali – In response to the question “Who writes your stuff?” in 1963, as quoted in “Brash Clay waxed poetic in 1963 visit to Nashville” by Bill Traughber in The CIty Paper [Nashville] (4 June 2002) –  [10]

 

“This is the legend of Cassius Clay, The most beautiful fighter in the world today. He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y, of a muscular punch that’s incredibly speed-y. The fistic world was dull and weary, But with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary. Then someone with color and someone with dash, Brought fight fans are runnin’ with Cash. This brash young boxer is something to see And the heavyweight championship is his des-tin-y. This kid fights great; he’s got speed and endurance, But if you sign to fight him, increase your insurance. This kid’s got a left; this kid’s got a right, If he hit you once, you’re asleep for the night. And as you lie on the floor while the ref counts ten, You’ll pray that you won’t have to fight me again. For I am the man this poem’s about, The next champ of the world, there isn’t a doubt. This I predict and I know the score, I’ll be champ of the world in ’64. When I say three, they’ll go in the third, 2 years ago So don’t bet against me, I’m a man of my word. He is the greatest! Yes! I am the man this poem’s about, I’ll be champ of the world, there isn’t a doubt. Here I predict Mr. Liston’s dismemberment, I’ll hit him so hard; he’ll wonder where October and November went. When I say two, there’s never a third, Standin against me is completely absurd. When Cassius says a mouse can outrun a horse, Don’t ask how; put your money where your mouse is! I AM THE GREATEST! (1964)” — Muhammad Ali –  [10]

 

“I knew I had him in the first round. Almighty God was with me. I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I don’t have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old. I must be the greatest. I showed the world. I talk to God everyday. I know the real God. I shook up the world, I’m the king of the world. You must listen to me. I am the greatest! I can’t be beat!” — Muhammad Ali – After defeating Sonny Liston for the first time (25 February 1964) as quoted in Sound and Fury : Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship (2007) by Dave Kindred, p. 58 –  [10]

 

“Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him his pension plan. When you come to the fight don’t block the door. ‘Cause you’ll all go home after round four” — Muhammad Ali – Before his fight with Archie Moore, 1962 As quoted in “Muhammad Ali was also great for civil rights” (January 17,2012) –  [10]

 

“Ain’t no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it” — Muhammad Ali – Comment after the match with Jimmy Ellis was stopped by the referee in the twelfth round (July 1971) –  [10]

 

“If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman’s behind!” — Muhammad Ali – Comment prior to the “Rumble in the Jungle” (30 October 1974) as documented in When We Were Kings (1996) –  [10]

 

“You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants! Tonight, I’m gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.” — Muhammad Ali – To George Foreman before the start of the “Rumble in the Jungle” as the referee is giving them instructions (30 October 1974). –  [10]

 

“That’s the only way you gonna save this sucker. He’s doomed.” — Muhammad Ali – Comment prior to the “Rumble in the Jungle” about George Foreman prior to the fight, when referee Clayton warned Ali that if he didn’t stop talking he would stop the fight. (30 October 1974) –  [10]

 

“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in Jet magazine Vol. 58, No. 1 (August 1992) –  [10]

 

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (1999) by Mike Marqusee; also quoted in the International Socialist Review Issue 33 (January–February 2004) –  [10]

 

“If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don’t ask how. Hitch him up.” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in “Muhammad Ali” by George Plimpton in “The TIME 100″ in TIME (14 June 1999) –  [10]

 

“Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths. … I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things” — Muhammad Ali – When asked how he felt about the suspects in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks sharing his Islamic faith As quoted in “Bush: ‘Justice Will Be Done'” at CNN (20 September 2001) –  [10]

 

“I’m retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in Secrets of Power Persuasion for Salespeople (2003) by Roger Dawson , p. 192 –  [10]

 

“Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in “Ali’s Quotes” at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007) –  [10]

 

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in “Ali’s Quotes” at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007) –  [10]

 

“I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in “Ali’s Quotes” at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007) –  [10]

 

“Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer” — Muhammad Ali – As quoted in “Interview with Muhammad Ali” at SoundVision.com –  [10]

 

“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold; for gold is cold & lifeless – it can neither see nor hear, in time of trouble its powerless to cheer – it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand, it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand. So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if sends not diamonds, pearls or riches but the love of real true friends. “ — Muhammad Ali – Response to Harold Bell, question about his view on friendship – Interview (video) –  [10]

 

“I believe in Allah and in peace. I don’t try to move into white neighborhoods. I don’t want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was twelve, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m not a Christian anymore. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be…I’m free to be what I want.” — Muhammad Ali – Responding to a press conference question as to whether he was a “card-carrying” member of the Black Muslims. Quoted in Sports Illustrated (March 9, 1964) and The New York Times (February 27, 1964)[1]. –  [10]

 

“Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn’t belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone” — Muhammad Ali – Interview with David Frost (1972) –  [10]

 

“Religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times” — Muhammad Ali – Interview with David Frost (1972) –  [10]

 

“I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. l am still learning” — Muhammad Ali – Interview with David Frost (1972) –  [10]

 

“We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xvii –  [10]

 

“My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done. All through my life I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested. Every step of the way I believe that God has been with me. And, more than ever, I know that he is with me now. I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. l am still learning” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xix –  [10]

 

“Wouldn’t it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xxiii –  [10]

 

“If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xxiii –  [10]

 

“Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xxiii –  [10]

 

“In a competition of love we’ll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life’s Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) p. xxiv –  [10]

 

“The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years” — Muhammad Ali –  [11]

 

“Give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind, and deception doubt” — Muhammad Ali –  [12]

 

“When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble” — Muhammad Ali –  [12]

 

“I don’t look like no kiwi bird” — Muhammad Ali –  [12]

 

“Politicians are always saying that they are in support of Iraqi citizens and now they are increasing the price of petrol. We were oppressed for 35 years. We are like a sick patient who is in need of care, and they are increasing prices” — Muhammad Ali –  [12]

 

“I’ll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee” — Muhammad Ali –  [13]

 

“I’m going to, not I’m gonna. Talk intelligent” — Muhammad Ali –  [13]

 

“I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights” — Muhammad Ali –  [13]

 

“War on nations change maps. War on poverty maps change “ — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“I have not lost [Allah's] hope in us to show compassion where none exists and to extend mercy in the most difficult of circumstances. We as Muslims must lead by example “ — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“This relationship will help guarantee that, for generations to come, people of all nations will understand my beliefs and my purpose “ — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!” — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“Frazier soaked it all up like a sponge. When they arrived in Manila it was the same story. Ali poured scorn on his opponent. Humiliated him. Joe had the heart of a lion but verbally he was out of his depth when Ali got going. One time, as fight day approached, Ali spotted Frazier on a hotel balcony, grabbed a security guard’s gun and fired some rounds at him. Everybody knew it wasn’t live ammo but it still startled the hell out of Joe.] Go back in your hole, Gorilla, … You gonna scare the people! Come out again and I’m gonna kill ya before time!”” — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“Only the nose knows, Where the nose goes, When the door close “ — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“He was as close to me as my brother. … I feel like I’ve lost a part of myself “ — Muhammad Ali –  [14]

 

“You don’t want no pie in the sky when you die,/ You want something here on the ground while you’re still around “ — Muhammad Ali –  [15]

 

“Whereas the degrees of rationality vary and some minds are distinguished over others, these clerks, if not convinced of what the Pasha has given them, must turn to their associates with the problem, and if all see an excess or shortcoming in the matter, then they should turn to the Pasha and present the requisite information “ — Muhammad Ali –  [15]

 

“a fighter can condition his body to go hard certain rounds, then to coast certain rounds” — Muhammad Ali –  [16]

 

“Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see” — Muhammad Ali –  [16]

 

“All I want now is to be a nice, clean gentleman. I’ve proved my point. Now I’m going to set an example for all the nice boys and girls. I’m through talking” — Muhammad Ali – meeting with reporters on the morning after the Sonny Liston fight –  [16]

 

“I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim for 20 years. . . . You know me. I’m a boxer. I’ve been called the greatest. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth. I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it were terrorist. . . . I think all people should know the truth, come to recognize the truth. Islam is peace” — Muhammad Ali – speaking on September 21, 2001 at a fundraiser for victims of the WTC and Pentagon attacks. –  [16]

 

“Ain’t no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring” — Muhammad Ali – comment after the fight with Jimmy Ellis in July 1971 stopped by the referee in the twelfth round. –  [16]

 

“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy – nobody like him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley – I was the Elvis of boxing” — Muhammad Ali –  [16]

 

“That all you got, George?” — Muhammad Ali – whispered into George Foreman’s ear in a late round clinch during the Rumble in the Jungle  in Zaire on 30 October 1974 –  [16]

 

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself” — Muhammad Ali –  [16]

 

“Eat your words! Eat your words! I am the greatest” — Muhammad Ali – shouting at reporters who had dismissed him as a loudmouth and a fake before his fight with Sonny Liston. –  [16]

 

“Be loud, be pretty and keep their black-hatin’ asses in their chairs” — Muhammad Ali –  [16]

 

“What’s my name, fool? What’s my name?” — Muhammad Ali – yelling while winning a 1967 decision against Ernie Terrell, who had insisted on calling him Cassius Clay. –  [16]

 

“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world” — Muhammad Ali – from Healing, a Journal of Tolerance and Understanding –  [16]

 

“God gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not Number One; He is.” — Muhammad Ali –  [17]

 

“I always liked to chase the girls. Parkinson’s stops all that. Now I might have a chance to go to heaven.” — Muhammad Ali –  [17]

 

“I don’t always know what I’m talking about, but I know I’m right.” — Muhammad Ali –  [18]

 

“I say get an education. Become an electrician, a mechanic, a doctor, a lawyer, anything but a fighter. In this trade, it’s the managers that make the money and last the longest.” — Muhammad Ali –  [18]

 

“If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children.” — Muhammad Ali –  [18]

 

“They can boo me, yell at me, and throw peanuts at me, as long as they pay to get in.” — Muhammad Ali –  [19]

 

“Floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see” — Muhammad Ali – Before the 1974 fight against George Foreman –  [20]

 

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.” — Muhammad Ali – before the 1974 Foreman fight –  [20]

 

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and got into bed before the room was dark” — Muhammad Ali – 74 pre-fight build-up ahead of facing Foreman –  [20]

 

“Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God – and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me” — Muhammad Ali – announcing his conversion to the Muslim faith after first Sonny Liston fight –  [20]

 

“I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a ‘nigger'” — Muhammad Ali –  [20]

 

“Nobody has to tell me that this is a serious business. I’m not fighting one man. I’m fighting a lot of men, showing a lot of ‘em, here is one man they couldn’t defeat, couldn’t conquer. My mission is to bring freedom to 30m black people” — Muhammad Ali – Before his fight against Jerry Quarry in 1970. –  [20]

 

“It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila” — Muhammad Ali – before the “Thrilla in Manila” against Frazier –  [20]

 

“I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him” — Muhammad Ali – after the “Thrilla in Manila” –  [20]

 

“I said a lot of things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn’t have said. Called him names I shouldn’t have called him. I apologise for that. I’m sorry. It was all meant to promote the fight.  “ — Muhammad Ali –  [20]

 

“Hey Floyd – I seen you! Someday I’m gonna whup you! Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!” — Muhammad Ali – To then-world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson during the 1960 Olympic Games. –  [20]

 

“I shook up the world! I shook up the world!” — Muhammad Ali – After beating Liston –  [20]

 

“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them… a dream” — Muhammad Ali –  [21]

 

“When a chivalrous man makes an oath, he is faithful to it, and when he attains power, he spares his enemy.” — Muhammad Ali –  [22]

 

“For every struggle that Joe survived, For every dispute he endured, to rise, Joe will go down in history as a model for champions to come. While Frazier was a man of few words, Ali was a world of mouth, but he found his place in history. Now his heart can express him well. Joe Frazier was a silent warrior, whom Ali silently admired. One could not rise without the other.” — Muhammad Ali –  [23]

 

“There live a great man named Joe who was belittled by a loudmouth foe. While his rival would taunt and tease Joe silently bore the stings. And then fought like gladiator in the ring.” — Muhammad Ali –  [23]

 

“Since I won’t let the critics seal my fate, they keep hollering I’m full of hate. But they don’t really hurt me none, ’cause I’m doing good and having fun.” — Muhammad Ali –  [23]

 

“What’s my greatest weakness? Sad stories, people with problems” — Muhammad Ali –  [24]

 

“I don’t always know what I’m talking about but I know I’m right” — Muhammad Ali –  [24]

 

“No pork, soda pop, cigarettes, alcohol – ever!” — Muhammad Ali –  [24]

 

“I am the greatest!” — Muhammad Ali –  [25]

 

“Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right, if he hits you once, you’re asleep for the night” — Muhammad Ali –  [26]

 

“I called my training camp Fighter’s Heaven” — Muhammad Ali –  [26]

 

“The roughest and toughest fighter I fought was Joe Frazier” — Muhammad Ali –  [26]

 

“In the ring I can stay until I’m old and gray because I know how to hit and dance away” — Muhammad Ali –  [26]

 

“I don’t call it fear, I call it being scared to death!” — Muhammad Ali –  [26]

 

“The crowd did not dream when they laid down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny!” — Muhammad Ali – Speaking following the fight with Sonny Liston. –  [27]

 

“We are stone enemies when the bell rings” — Muhammad Ali –  [27]

 

“My face is so pretty, you don’t see a scar, which proves I’m the king of the ring by far.” — Muhammad Ali –  [27]

 

“This guy is done. I’ll stop him in one.” — Muhammad Ali –  [27]

 

“Sonny Liston is nothing. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons!” — Muhammad Ali –  [27]

 

“I used to ask my brother Rudy to throw rocks at me. I’d dodge every one. That’s how I learned how to bob and weave: ducking rocks.” — Muhammad Ali –  [28]

 

“Man I hit him with punches that would bring cities down” — Muhammad Ali –  [28]

 

“If you wanna lose your money, bet on Sonny!” — Muhammad Ali – Speaking about the upcoming fight with Sonny Liston. –  [28]

 

“When I beat Sonny Liston, I shocked the world…When I beat George Foreman, I shocked the world…I am from the House of Shock!” — Muhammad Ali –  [28]

 

“Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick!” — Muhammad Ali –  [28]

 

“I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked!” — Muhammad Ali –  [28]

 

“You’re always talking about, Muhammad, you’re not the same man you were 10 years ago. Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you’re not the same man you was two years ago!” — Muhammad Ali – addressing sports journalist Howard Cossell –  [29]

 

“Get up sucker and fight. Get up and fight” — Muhammad Ali – Ali to Liston during their second fight –  [29]

 

“Why, chump, I bet you scare yourself to death just starin’ in the mirror. You ugly bear! You ain’t never fought nobody but tramps and has beens. You call yourself a world champion? You’re too old and slow to be champion!” — Muhammad Ali – To Sonny Liston before their fight on 25 February 1964 –  [29]

 

“Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.” — Muhammad Ali –  [29]

 

“Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t!” — Muhammad Ali – Speaking before George Foreman fight –  [29]

 

“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.” — Muhammad Ali –  [30]

 

“I don’t know what truculent means, but if it’s good, it’s me” — Muhammad Ali – In response to Sports Journalist Howard Cosell when he said: “You seem awfully truculent today, Champ.” –  [31]

 

“I started out making $4 for my first fight, but imagine paying $25,000 for a painting…look at me!” — Muhammad Ali –  [31]

 

“Do you know why I’m the fastest heavyweight in the world? I’m the only heavyweight that trains underwater!” — Muhammad Ali –  [31]

 

“Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” — Muhammad Ali –  [32]

 

“Stay away from the ropes” — Muhammad Ali – response to his cornermen, who were screaming “Are you crazy!” –  [32]

 

“I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty, and can’t possibly be beat. They must fall in the round I call.” — Muhammad Ali –  [32]

 

“You ain’t gonna stop the fight!” — Muhammad Ali –  [32]

 

“I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.” — Muhammad Ali – When asked what he thought of the game of golf –  [33]

 

“Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!” — Muhammad Ali –  [34]

 

“I’ve wrestled with alligators, I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning And throw thunder in jail. You know I’m bad. just last week, I murdered a rock, Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.” — Muhammad Ali – Before the 1974 fight against George Foreman –  [35]

 

“You made a big mistake by letting me come, because now I’m going after your job” — Muhammad Ali – To President Ford while on his first visit to White House –  [36]

 

“God works through people. It’s not me.” — Muhammad Ali –  [36]

 

“There is one hell of a difference between fighting in the ring and going to war in Vietnam.” — Muhammad Ali –  [36]

 

“When I meet a new person, I don’t see race or religion – I look deeper. We must learn to satisfy conflicts peacefully, and to respect one another.” — Muhammad Ali –  [36]

 

“It’s a divine fight. This Foreman – he represents Christianity, America, the flag. I can’t let him win. He represents pork chops.” — Muhammad Ali –  [37]

 

“My mama told me I was already in a hurry as a child. I even had measles and chicken pox at the same time” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“I outwit them, and then I outhit them” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“I want fifteen referees at this fight…because there ain’t no one man who can keep up with the pace I’m gonna set except me” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“Catching flies is better training than hitting the speed bag” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“I have a radar built inside me to avoid punches” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“I’m gonna whup whoever stole my bike!” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“Don’t ever squeeze a fighter’s hand, man. You’re doing good just to lay your eyes on me” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“From now on…call me doctor” — Muhammad Ali –  [38]

 

“Float like a butterfly! Sting like a bee! Rumble, young man! Rumble! Waaa!” — Muhammad Ali – The Greatest: My Own Story –  [39]

 

“I done handcuffed lightning / And throw thunder in jail / You know I’m bad / Just last week / I murdered a rock / Injured a stone / Hospitalized a brick / I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.” — Muhammad Ali – a poem written after his match with George Foreman, 1974 –  [39]

 

“There were so many fellows ranked over me I couldn’t just whoop them all. I had to out-shadow them by talking.” — Muhammad Ali – interview with Michael Aisner, 1966 –  [39]

 

“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion –  [39]

 

“This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing –  [39]

 

“When you saw me in the boxing ring fighting, it wasn’t just so I could beat my opponent. My fighting had a purpose. I had to be successful in order to get people to listen to the things I had to say.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [39]

 

“For the black man to come out superior would be against America’s teachings. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.” — Muhammad Ali – interview with Roger Ebert, “Watching Rocky II With Muhammad Ali” –  [39]

 

“I’d like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then, he mix willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith, and he stirred it up well, then he spreads it over his span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met.” — Muhammad Ali – interview with David Frost, 1972 –  [39]

 

“I hated the sight on TV of big, clumsy, lumbering heavyweights plodding, stalking each other like two Frankenstein monsters, clinging, slugging toe to toe. I knew I could do it better … circle, dance, shuffle, hit and move … make an art out of it.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Book of African-American Quotations –  [39]

 

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” — Muhammad Ali – interview, Playboy, Nov. 1975 –  [39]

 

“I need to be famous so I can talk about religion. I can talk about God. It’s an expensive price that I have to pay to be the most famous man on earth and I do it with pleasure only for God. My fight is only and introduction to the real fight, the one for God. Fighting by itself doesn’t interest me anymore. I want to help people, the black people and I need any kind of media to spread my thought: God, charity, peace.” — Muhammad Ali – “New Again: Muhammad Ali”, Interview Magazine –  [40]

 

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them–a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will, but the will must be stronger than the skill.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Reader’s Digest, Mar. 1998 –  [40]

 

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” — Muhammad Ali – Newsweek, 1975 –  [40]

 

“Women are the field that produces our nation. And if you can’t protect your women, you can’t protect your nation.” — Muhammad Ali – interview, Playboy, Nov. 1975 –  [40]

 

“Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat — if Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat.” — Muhammad Ali – poem composed before his fight with Sonny Liston, 1963 –  [40]

 

“Service to others is the rent we pay for our room in Heaven.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [40]

 

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Book of African-American Quotations –  [40]

 

“Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [40]

 

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach’s Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason –  [40]

 

“Rocky doesn’t act nothing like me. Apollo Creed, the way he dances, the way he jabs, the way he talks…. That’s me.” — Muhammad Ali – interview with Roger Ebert, “Watching Rocky II With Muhammad Ali” –  [40]

 

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Dark Horses & Underdogs: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time –  [40]

 

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach’s Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason –  [40]

 

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing –  [40]

 

“I hated every minute of training, but I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach’s Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason –  [40]

 

“Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Jan Sutton’s 1000 Pocket Positives –  [41]

 

“I love boxing and it did a lot for me. But sometimes it made me think how savage human beings could be to each other. That wasn’t the kind of boxer I wanted to be. My strategy was to be as scientific as I could when I fought. I didn’t want to be seriously hurt, and I didn’t want to do that to anybody else either.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — Muhammad Ali – Woman’s Day, Apr. 1, 2009 –  [41]

 

“The outgoing and spontaneous person that the world knew while I was boxing was a persona that I created to sell tickets and promote my career. In my private life, I am quiet and reflective by nature.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” — Muhammad Ali – comment after losing to Ken Norton, Mar. 31, 1973 –  [41]

 

“Now I’m not sayin’ just to be funny, but I’m fightin’ Ernie because he needs the money.” — Muhammad Ali – comment before his fight with Ernie Terrell, Feb. 1967 –  [41]

 

“Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him his pension plan.” — Muhammad Ali – comment before his fight with Archie Moore, 1962 –  [41]

 

“A long time ago, I took a walk down a street in Harlem in New York City. I came upon a man who asked me for a dollar. He had asked a few other people before me, but they only passed him by without glancing his way. I stopped and handed the man some money. As I began to turn away, he reached out and shook my hand. He looked me in the eyes and said, “I will bless you.” Now, I’m not saying that was God Himself. But how do we know that it wasn’t someone working for him, walking around in disguise, just to see what we would do?” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“I wasn’t just fighting one man, I was fighting a lot of men. I had to show them all that I was a man they couldn’t intimidate. If I lost, I would have to listen to all the talk about how I was a bum, how I joined the wrong movement, and how I was misled. That’s why it was so important for me to show them how wrong they were. I won in a third-round knockout.” — Muhammad Ali – about his fight with Jerry Quarry while waiting for the June 28, 1971 Supreme Court decision that would eventually overturn his conviction for violating the Selective Service Act, The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [41]

 

“Before I became a Muslim, I ate pork and chased women–but all that stuff stopped.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [41]

 

“The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world–Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon–there are more Muhammads than anything else.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [42]

 

“Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wildlife.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, “Ali’s Quotes”, BBC Sport: Boxing, Jan. 17, 2007 –  [42]

 

“It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life –  [42]

 

“I tried to be the greatest boxer in the world and a good parent, too. I had instant feedback on my success as a boxer. Often, parents don’t really know if what they are doing is right or wrong until their child is grown and it is too late to change any of the decisions. Whatever my failings as a parent, I am very proud of all my children. It wasn’t easy for them to make their own way with such a controversial and public father.” — Muhammad Ali – The Soul of a Butterfly –  [42]

 

“When I was 9, I saw a wrestler on television named Gorgeous George. He said, “I’m beautiful. I’m so pretty that if a sucker touches my face, I’ll kill him. If he messes with my hair, I’ll pummel him.” I said to myself, “That’s a good idea. I am the greatest, I’m pretty.” And then I took it a little further than he did.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [42]

 

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, Ignite the Fire Within –  [42]

 

“I can’t see what God’s plan is. I just know I’ve got to live with it.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [42]

 

“No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.” — Muhammad Ali – O Magazine, Jun. 2001 –  [42]

 

“I’m not into fashion at all. I always wear the same thing: dark suits. I don’t even know where I get them.” — Muhammad Ali – “New Again: Muhammad Ali”, Interview Magazine –  [42]

 

“A real boxer can see Stallone’s not a boxer. He’s not professional, doesn’t have the moves. It’s good acting, but it’s not boxing. Look in the background. Look at that guy in the red trunks back there. You can see he’s a real fighter.” — Muhammad Ali – interview with Roger Ebert, “Watching Rocky II With Muhammad Ali” –  [42]

 

“Hell no / I ain’t going to go / Clean out my cell / And take my tail / To jail / Without bail / Because it’s better there eating / Watching television fed / Than in Vietnam with your white folks dead.” — Muhammad Ali – poem about being drafted for Vietnam War, The Black Scholar, Jun. 1970 –  [42]

 

“I’m the greatest fighter in the entire world, how can I be afraid? I love people and people love me.” — Muhammad Ali – “New Again: Muhammad Ali”, Interview Magazine –  [42]

 

“There live a great man named Joe / who was belittled by a loudmouth foe / While his rival would taunt and tease / Joe silently bore the stings / And then fought like gladiator in the ring” — Muhammad Ali – poem dedicated to Joe Frazier, “The Silent Warrior” –  [42]

 

“We are all God’s people. We are prejudiced and we separate into Jews, Mexicans, Italians, but God doesn’t see colors.” — Muhammad Ali – “New Again: Muhammad Ali”, Interview Magazine –  [42]

 

“I sought advice and cooperation from those around me–but not permission.” — Muhammad Ali – attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach’s Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason –  [42]

 

“While Frazier was a man of few words / Ali was a world of mouth / but he found his place in history / Now his heart can express him well / Joe Frazier was a silent warrior / whom Ali silently admired / One could not rise without the other” — Muhammad Ali – poem dedicated to Joe Frazier, “The Silent Warrior” –  [42]

 

“I’m the greatest thing that ever lived. I’m so great I don’t have a mark on my face. I shook up the world.” — Muhammad Ali – after defeating Sonny Liston for the first time, Feb. 25, 1964 –  [42]

 

“What’s really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence…. Islam is not a killer religion…. Islam means peace, I couldn’t just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem.” — Muhammad Ali – “Muhammad Ali Defends His Religion”, New York Daily News, Sep. 21, 2001 –  [42]

 

“Last night I had a dream. When I got to Africa, I had one hell of a rumble. I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first, for claiming to be King of the Jungle.” — Muhammad Ali – poem written before his match with George Foreman, 1974 –  [43]

 

“I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things.” — Muhammad Ali – CNN, Sep. 20, 2001 –  [43]

 

“I’m a baaaadd man!!” — Muhammad Ali – Statement after losing his first fight to Ken Norton, March 31, 1973 –  [44]

 

“If my fans think I can do everything I say I can do, then they’re crazier than I am. After one of his fight predictions turned out to be wrong.” — Muhammad Ali –  [44]

 

“Pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.” — Muhammad Ali –  [44]

 

“I’m gonna have to be killed before I lose, and I ain’t going to die easy.” — Muhammad Ali –  [44]

 

“Superman don’t need no seat belt. [Comment to flight attendant, who replied, 'Superman don't need no airplane, either.']“ — Muhammad Ali –  [45]

 

“Fifteen referees. I want fifteen referees to be at this fight because there ain’t no one man who can keep up with the pace I’m gonna set except me. There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.” — Muhammad Ali –  [45]

 

“God will not place a burden on a man’s shoulders knowing that he cannot carry it” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Parkinson’s is my toughest fight. No, it doesn’t hurt. It’s hard to explain. I’m being tested to see if I’ll keep praying, to see if I’ll keep my faith. All great people are tested by God” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“The sun is always shining someplace” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I came back to Louisville after the Olympics with my shiny gold medal. Went into a luncheonette where black folks couldn’t eat. Thought I’d put them on the spot. I sat down and asked for a meal. The Olympic champion wearing his gold medal. They said, “We don’t serve niggers here.” I said, “That’s okay, I don’t eat ‘em.” But they put me out in the street. So I went down to the river, the Ohio River, and threw my gold medal in it” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Since that day, things in America have changed 100 percent” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“When you’re right, nobody remembers. When you’re wrong, nobody forgets” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“We have one life / It soon will be past / What we do for God / Is all that will last” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Goodness? My mother” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“When your mother dies, it really hurts. But with time, you get used to it. That’s nature’s way” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“My definition of evil is unfriendliness” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Comedy is a funny way of being serious. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“It’s possible for the heavyweight champion of the world to be with one woman” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Love is a net that catches hearts like fish” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Rubble is trouble” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“The more we help others, the more we help ourselves” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I like Joe” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Watching George come back to win the title got me all excited. Made me want to come back. But then the next morning came, and it was time to start running. I lay back in bed and said, “That’s okay, I’m still the Greatest.”” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“If I could meet anybody? The prophet Muhammad” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“What you are thinking about, you are becoming” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I’m most proud of my family” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Enjoy your children, even when they don’t act the way you want them to” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Lighting that torch in Atlanta didn’t make me nervous. Standing up to the government — that made me nervous” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“The one thing I don’t understand is war” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“Brooding over blunders is the biggest blunder” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I’d like to live to a hundred” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I just wish people would love everybody else the way that they love me. It would be a better world” — Muhammad Ali – Esquire Magazine (January 2004) –  [46]

 

“I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.” — Muhammad Ali – When asked about his Golf game –  [47]

 

“I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” — Muhammad Ali –  [47]

 

 

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The ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy for the Undecided and Disenchanted

“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” – Edward Lorenz 1972   tweet-graphic-4-58x20

I wrote the original blog post on the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy shutterstock_85326271before the Federal Election of 2013, thinking about this from the electors’ viewpoint: a light-hearted view on how we might approach our voting choice from the jaundice and ennui that most people felt about politics and the candidates on offer.

At the time I didn’t think much about the possibility of candidates or parties gaming the system, although in hindsight.  Although this did (at face value) produce the outcomes that the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy espouses, little did I imagine how significantly the cynical exploitation of the electoral and parliamentary process by numerous small parties would only deepen my disgust.

As of today, it would seem the thought below is very true:

“Every country has the government it deserves” – Josephe de Maistre,  Lettres et Opuscules Inedites (1851) vol.1, letter 53 (15 August 1811)tweet-graphic-4-58x20

Chaos Theory and Electoral Processes

The “Butterfly Effect” voting strategy gives a lowly ranked party/candidate a chance to be promoted above other candidates and so not be eliminated first in any preference distribution.

They become a recipient of preference distributions, not the provider.

This provides the opportunity for the “Butterfly Effect”, i.e. an unexpected outcome beyond the individual power of your vote.

Is it likely that your candidate could win?  Possibly, although unlikely.  But even you don’t get your candidate up, you are affecting the larger candidates’ vote accumulation in unpredictable ways, which may just affect who prevails in the final tally.

House of Reps

Vote for the candidate/party most likely to be eliminated first in any preference count, i.e. get the lowest tally of first preference votes.  Mark a “1” in the box next to their name.  Continue by giving a “2” to the next most likely to be eliminated, a “3” to the next most and so on.

In the House, it’s important to mark every square to ensure that registered preference deals don’t kick in.

Senate

The strategy of voting for the most unlikely party in the Senate may not be as effective as in the House of Reps. Because of quotas and surplus distribution “top down”, the preference distributions come into play in a different way.

Unless you want to mark every candidate according to your ranking strategy, you’ll be voting “above the line”.  This means that the registered preference deals will kick in, but the sum total of these is so complicated as to make it practically random.

Why Think about Voting in terms of Chaos Theory?

“In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” – Wikipedia  tweet-graphic-4-58x20

In most elections past, I’ve felt that my vote wasn’t really much more than a drop in the ocean: I’ve lived in seats with huge margins (both Labour and LNP) and so the overwhelming feeling when I cast my vote is “what difference does it make”.  The only time in living memory that I felt like I had a chance of influencing the outcome was in Bennelong in 2007.

This election, I’m particularly disinclined to vote for either of the major parties.  I’m disenchanted and underwhelmed with the ALP.  And I wouldn’t vote LNP this time around for any reason or any money.

So I’ve been struggling with what to do with my vote.  I can’t quite bring myself to vote for the Greens as I see them now as a fixture in the grand struggle with the major parties.  They have as much staked on party survival as Labor or Liberal.

I’m inclined to vote for an independent candidate, but who? I couldn’t really be bothered scanning through the policies of all the hundreds of limited interest parties.  What’s more the preference deals (or arrangements) mean that I don’t really control the outcome the way I want it.  Can you believe that the “HEMP Party” has 3 voting tickets registered with the AEC?

I like the idea of independent voices in Parliament.  Although this Parliament has been difficult, it’s not because of the independent members sitting in the Senate.

Having more Independent voices is a good idea and we should as a country welcome people with different viewpoints and influences.  To have a proper debate about policy implementation would be as engaging as it would be surprising.  The difficulties of this parliament have been caused by the trenchant behaviour of the Opposition and the completely dysfunctional response of the Government.  Do not reject independent voices in Parliament just on the basis of the past three years.   This would be a mistake.

So I want independents, but how to choose?

In part because of the difficulties of the last 3 years, two things are happening in this election:

  1. There are an unprecedented number of candidates and parties contesting both the upper and lower house, many with multiple voting tickets (preference allocations) lodged with the AEC.
  2. A large number of people are working through an abnormally detached process of deciding their vote: they are currently undecided, and will remain so up until they enter the polling booth, and they are disenchanted with their traditional voting choice for one reason or another.

It seems to me that more people are likely to do unpredictable things in the ballot booth as they are confronted with the reality of writing down some numbers.  Some will file empty papers, some will donkey vote.  And some, no doubt will come up with a protest comment (as my friend Murray described it he was going to “draw big dicks all over the ballot paper”).

But the way I see it, there is the strong likelihood of minor parties and candidates getting a larger first preference vote than in other elections.

So maybe we shouldn’t reject unpredictable outcomes: perhaps we should embrace them, and let fate and chance determine the makeup of the next Parliament.  It can’t get any worse, methinks.

This is where the “Butterfly Effect” strategy comes in: if a relatively small number of people voting unpredictably can change the most likely order of preferential elimination in the vote count, then this brings into play the many registered preference cards.

At its core, the “Butterfly Effect” voting strategy involves casting your first preference for the party or candidate that you believe will be eliminated first in the vote count, whilst still having a chance of contributing to the outcome.  In this way, there is just a chance that the party or candidate who was going to be eliminated first, might be promoted above other candidates, which means at some point they will be the recipient of preference distributions, not just the provider.

And, depending on the initial conditions of the vote count, i.e. how many other people have changed their votes (for any reasons) to a minor party instead of a major party, the resultant preference distributions could go in any direction.

Not only does this mean that there may be an unexpected outcome, but it also means your vote becomes the hardest working vote in your electorate or state: it contributes multiple times to a decision through the respective preference distributions, rather than only counting once, in the event that you choose to vote for one of the major parties.

The strategy varies according to the counting methods used in the House of Reps and the Senate: these are very different and come with a very different voting profile.

Check out the following link for a good overview of the voting methods used in both houses.

http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/counting/

But the principle is the same: let your vote be a butterfly wing flapping in the Amazon: it just might cause a Tornado in Texas

How it Works

Basic Strategy (Common to Both Houses)

As mentioned above, the “Butterfly Effect” approach is based on casting your vote for the candidate or party that has the most likelihood (in your view) of being eliminated first in any preference count.

In other words you vote for your candidate with the expectation that at the first round of counting (assuming no-one gets a first-round 50% + 1 majority), that your candidate’s preferences are distributed first.    Of course, if one candidate gets a first round majority, then you’re out of luck as no preferences will be distributed (except for the notional “2 Party Preferred Tally” that the AEC does for comparison purposes each election)

But depending on the voting patterns, more than one round of candidate elimination and preference distribution may be required.

This is where the fun starts: just because you changed your vote from a major party to this one, it just may be enough to push this candidate or party above their expected position in the poll.  So perhaps

It’s important to realise that the elimination is based on an absolute value, so all one candidate needs is 1 vote more than another to jump above him/her to avoid being eliminated in whichever round is being counted.

Example – District of Bennelong in the House of Representatives

Given that the parties that are most likely to be eliminated first are so marginal that their vote count is likely to be very low, an additional 1 vote from me has a significant impact on their total, proportionally.  If someone only gets 100 votes, then my 1 is worth 1% of their total.  This is a far cry from say 1 out of 45,000 or 0.0089% which is what my vote counted for in Bennelong in 2010.

Interestingly the person who got the least number of votes in Bennelong in 2010 received 170, so my vote would have been worth 0.58% of their total.

The next highest number was 275, then 478, 570 and 725 and then over 1000.

So admittedly, a fair few people would have to come along for the ride with me to push the 170 past the 275 and change the order of the elimination.

Lets assume similar numbers for the others candidates as per 2010.  So if your candidate (the one that got 170 last time) now gets, say, 280.  This means that candidate with 275 gets eliminated and his/her 2nd preferences are distributed.

I’d say there are very few people who could predict where those would go ahead of the election, but assume for the sake of the argument, they surprisingly go to your candidate (who would now have 545 votes) and none go to candidate with 478.  This now means that your candidate is not eliminated in the second preference distribution, and candidate 478 is.  All your candidate needs to get is 36 votes out of the 478, and voila, they aren’t eliminated on the third preference distribution (always assuming that no-one got to a simple majority in the meantime).

Now this will continue as long as the difference between your candidate and the next one up is less than the total votes your candidate has plus the reasonable proportion of the next lower down candidate (assuming your candidate gets most of the preferences).

It’s all completely unpredictable, but depending on voting patterns, it’s possible that your candidate, who you originally thought would be eliminated first, may survive a number of rounds of preference distribution.

Is it likely that your candidate could win?  Not really, but remember that every time your candidate receives a preference vote in the distribution, some major candidate is not getting them.

So even you don’t get your candidate up, you are affecting the larger candidates’ vote accumulation in unpredictable ways, which may just affect who prevails in the final tally.

That gives your vote real leverage in ways that you would normally never have obtained.

Senate

Now if you’ve read the AEC link on the Senate vote counting you’ll know it works differently.  They have a top-down quota achievement and surplus distribution process, and only do preference counting when there is an unfilled quota, and no surplus to distribute.

This means that the strategy of voting for the most unlikely party in the Senate may not be as effective as in the House of Reps.  However, it’s balanced by having a much larger voting population, this time by state rather than seat.

But, if you look at past results, you’ll see that some pretty minor parties have claimed a Senate seat based on extra-ordinarily small 1st preference votes.

So you can either go with the Lower House strategy and vote for a bottom feeder, or perhaps pick someone in the middle of the pack.

The ABC has a great page which helps you figure out the Senate outcomes from percentage of 1st preference votes.  Try experimenting with this and see where you get to.

See this link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/senate-calculator/

Warning: “Indies ain’t Indies” – Independents In Parliament and the Butterfly Effect

A word of caution on selection of Independents: “Indies ain’t Indies!” when it comes to their purpose or intentions.  Single-interest groups and narrow constituency representatives are not what I am looking for.

In this election, there is a plethora of what I heard the ABC’s 730 Report call “micro-parties”: tiny parties with single interests and not much more than the intention to prosecute that narrow view within the legislature.  That they have engaged a political consultant to help them with their preference distribution agreements is interesting, and makes me wonder whether this means that the “Butterfly Effect” voting strategy would have more power, or less.

But we’ve seen the outrageous influence that the Shooters and Fisher’s party has wreaked in NSW, as tough-minded negotiation and a focus on promoting the interests of their constituency has achieved some remarkable results.  In fact, it’s only issues within their own organisation that has undermined their gains.   On the other end of the spectrum, the Family First representation in the Senate has not managed to achieve much at all.

This election we have such jolly parties as “the Pirates Party” for which I have no idea what they stand.  The HEMP party’s agenda is all to clear, but one wonders, after so much Cheech and Chong style stereotyping, whether they will remember what they came for, if and when they arrive in Canberra.

Parties like the “No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics Party” seemingly have no purpose, as the LNP will do their job for them.

Regardless of the narrow interests of these “micro-parties”, I wonder what they will do if they achieve their goals? Do they just continue to amp up their goals, based on achievements?  Do they kick back and live high on their taxpayer’s salary? Do they pack up and go home?

I don’t think such a party is going to do much for our Parliament, regardless of the apparent benefit of their single interest.  There’s just too much legislator resource tied up in one area of policy.

What I mean when I say I want more Independents, are generally-skilled people who are interested in public service at its most general.  Folks with intelligence and objectivity; with knowledge gained from education (formal and auto-didactical) as well as life experience, preferably both positive and negative.

I don’t see any problem with such a legislator having focus areas, such as Nick Xenophon has on gambling.  The world is too complex a place to be an expert on a lot of things, let alone everything.

But more importantly, they need the ability to assimilate large amounts of information, to do the objective analysis and to form the views that enable critical and balanced debate of proposals coming from the Government of the day.

Or to assess the problems coming out of the world we live in, to find useful and creative solutions.

Their views and plans should be tempered that their terms of office are finite.  Without an organisation behind them (such as the major parties – including the Greens) who see success as creating a living entity that survives beyond those that are in office at any given time, our Independents will come, do their jobs for a term or two, and then go on to the rest of their lives.  They will not seek to become lifetime Members of Parliament, just for the sake of doing so.

I mentioned Nick Xenophon above and I hold him out to be a poster child for the type of Independent that we should aspire to have in our parliament.  Sadly I don’t live in South Australia, otherwise I would be able to help him the next time he faces the voters.  And he is also a Lawyer, which we’d be better without so many of in parliament.  But I don’t hold that against him.

Windsor and Oakshotte also present to me as broader-based independents.  Although they have a geographic constituency, and have pushed hard for benefits to their areas, they also bring to the debate the kind of general analytical skills, objectivity and “in touch with reality” connection with the people they represent.

Albo got caught out quoting Michael Douglas in “The American President”, without acknowledgement.  But those Hollywood-scripted words still hold meaning if you read them in the context of Independent Members of Parliament: “we need serious people to solve serious problems”.  And it would be better if more of them were not creatures beholden to any particular party.

The Butterfly Effect voting strategy cannot selectively help “real” Indies over “micro-interest” Indies.  But it’s still worth a go.

At least those that are elected will have to stand up on their own and propose their solutions, defend their actions, and argue their criticisms.

Conclusion

I came up with the “Butterfly Effect” voting strategy to see if I couldn’t achieve some unexpected value out of my paltry one vote.  And perhaps to leave to karma a decision about getting more and different voices into the Parliament.

It’s unlikely (but not impossible) for that one single vote to be the Butterfly Wings that cause a Tornado, but if more people adopt the approach, then the power will be multiplied.

Let’s get some variety into our Parliament, and have 2 houses that force some decent debate and not the tripe that has been served up by the major parties.

There are hundreds of them so there are plenty to choose from.

Why not have someone from the “Pirate Party” or the “Stop CSG” party in Parliament? It can’t be much worse than it is now.

Vote with your wings!!

 

Quotes by Gough Whitlam

Introduction

Very few people of my age will have a neutral view of Gough Whitlam.  To many, he was an inspiring figure who rebooted Australia for all Australians in 1972 after 23 years in a conservative wilderness.

The Dismissal of his government in 1975 was a polarising event, the effects of which lasted many years.

I’m surprised that, for a man so gifted in the English language, that there are so few publicly curated quotes.

The ones below are those that I could find, and most sites contained only a handful.

Quotes

“No parliamentarian could tell his electors that he was too ill to be the leader of the party but was well enough to look after their interests in the parliament” — Gough Whitlam –  QuotesDaddy

 

“Well may we say “God save the Queen”, because nothing will save the Governor-General! The Proclamation which you have just heard read by the Governor-General’s Official Secretary was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from Remembrance Day 1975 as Kerr’s cur. They won’t silence the outskirts of Parliament House, even if the inside has been silenced for the next few weeks … Maintain your rage and enthusiasm for the campaign for the election now to be held and until polling day.” — Gough Whitlam, On hearing the proclamation dismissing him from office, which ended with the traditional “God Save the Queen.” –  WIkiquotes

 

“We would do absolutely nothing. Now that’s a blunt, truthful answer.” — Gough Whitlam, When asked what a Labor government would do if Indonesia were to invade East Timor, in an interview three days before the invasion. Sydney Morning Herald (5 December 1975) –  WIkiquotes

 

“If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life.” — Gough Whitlam, Abiding Interests (1997), Foreword –  WIkiquotes

 

“He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.” — Gough Whitlam, Abiding Interests (1997), p. 44 –  WIkiquotes

 

“I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.” — Gough Whitlam, Quoted in Paul Kelly, 100 Years – The Australian Story (Allen & Unwin, ABC Books, NSW, 2001), p. 196 –  WIkiquotes

 

“I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us!” — Gough Whitlam, After Saigon was taken over by North Vietnamese troops in 1975 and thousands of Vietnamese refugees sought asylum in Australia. Miranda Devine (October 18th, 2008). “A woman who believes Cabra matters”.Sydney Morning Herald. –  WIkiquotes

 

“The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.” — Gough Whitlam, Written by Gough Whitlam for the London Daily Telegraph, (19 October 1989). (Andrews, 1993, p. 824) –  WIkiquotes

 

“When Sir Winton Turnbull [who represented a large rural seat] was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: “I am a Country member”. I interjected “I remember”. He could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.” — Gough Whitlam, From a speech during a debate on the question That Politicians Have Lost Their Sense Of Humour, Sydney Town Hall, 24 May 2000 –  WIkiquotes

 

“Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.” — Gough Whitlam, Gurindji Land Ceremony Speech, 16 August 1975 –  WIkiquotes

 

“A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.” — Gough Whitlam, Self-quoted in The Whitlam Government 1972-1975 by Gough Whitlam –  WIkiquotes

 

“The Caucus I joined in 1953 had as many Boer War veterans as men who had seen active service in World War II, three from each. The Ministry appointed on 5th December 1972 was composed entirely of ex-servicemen: Lance Barnard and me” — Gough Whitlam –  Thinkexist

 

“The fun is where I am!” — Gough Whitlam –  Successories

 

“Our federal caucus is in a precarious position” — Gough Whitlam –  Successories

 

“I have more influence now than when I had the power” — Gough Whitlam –  Successories

 

“Maintain your rage and enthusiasm” — Gough Whitlam –  Successories

 

“When you are faced with an impasse you have got to crash through or you’ve got to crash. When you are faced with an impasse you have got to crash through or you’ve got to crash” — Gough Whitlam –  Australian Inspiration

 

“She was a remarkable person and the love of my life. We were married for almost 70 years. She encouraged and sustained me and our four children, their families and many other people in a life full of engagement with Australians from all walks of life” — Gough Whitlam, on the death of his wife Margaret –  Australian Inspiration

 

“Comrades, did I go too far?” — Gough Whitlam, asking colleagues shortly after delivering his famous “Kerr’s Cur” speech, to members of his staff. (Cohen, pp196-7) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

“You’re the one Sir Garfield I will shake hands with” — Gough Whitlam, On meeting the West Indian cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers (Cohen, p203) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

“I thought, another hiccup! “ — Gough Whitlam, when Launching his book on November 11, 1985, Whitlam said he had seen a headline that said “Sir John breaks his silence”.  (Cohen, p204) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

“What the Establishment may call poor taste I must, in the circumstances of 1974 and 1975, call the truth of the matter” — Gough Whitlam, Accused of poor taste because he had recounted Kerr’s interest in Elizabeth Reid (Cohen, pp202-3) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

“The fact is, it has always been the Establishment’s first line of defence to raise the mealymouthed cry of poor taste whenever its interests or, in the case of people like Sir John Kerr and Sir Garfield Barwick, its tools are under attack” — Gough Whitlam, Accused of poor taste because he had recounted Kerr’s interest in Elizabeth Reid (Cohen, pp202-3) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

“Let’s cut through the humbug on this matter. In the orchestration of the destruction of my Government, no rumour or innuendo, from moral turpitude to financial corruption, was deemed outside the rules of the game, because in this country the Establishment makes its own rules and sets its own canons of taste” — Gough Whitlam, Accused of poor taste because he had recounted Kerr’s interest in Elizabeth Reid (Cohen, pp202-3) –  Whitlam Dismissal

 

 

 

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Quotes by Tony Abbott

Introduction

I’ve scoured the internet for the many sources of Tony Abbotts speech and writing, and all the quotes (335 in total) are included verbatim as I found them.  A small number of quotes were found many, many times on different websites: in honour of serendipity, I’ve only referenced the first site on which I found the quote.

If you have any issues with the accuracy of the quote, by all means let me know via comment.  I’ll update my copy.  But you should probably also let the original source know as well.

Tweeting

I’m also tweeting these (many in modified form) with the hashtag #abbottquote

In order to fit them into a tweet, many have been shorted or edited. I’ve tried to use standard forms with these edits, as follows:

ellipsis (“…”): indicating where a word or words have been removed for brevity.  The intent is not to change the overall meaning of the quote.  In many cases I’ve used a ‘short ellipsis’, i.e. “..” for space.

Square brackets: (“[ ]”): that contain words that paraphrase some of the actual words in the quote.  This is usually done for space reasons, but sometimes to add equivalent context (say when a quote comes from a multi-sentence paragraph, and a proper noun from a previous sentence is referred to with a pronoun in the quote.

Disclaimer

I’m not an Abbott or Coalition supporter, but our Prime Minister is clearly an intelligent and dedicated human being.  I’ve made no effort to slant this collection one way or another.  Many of these quotes are not really controversial at all, but they do give insight into the deeper thinking of a man that many believe to only capable of slogans.

As to whether they reflect positively, negatively or neutrally on Tony Abbott, I leave that to a dialog between his words and your brain.

Quotes

“We’ve had intervention in Libya. Seems to have been more successful, but we’re at the beginning of a long story there” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“Senior officials [should] live in these towns. If these places are not good enough for officials to live in and to raise their families in, they’re unlikely to be very satisfactory for anyone else” — ‘Battlelines’ P169 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Political parties don’t work when people just announce what they’re doing and expect everyone else to follow. I will not be that kind of leader” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“we’ve got to be very careful dealing in a powder keg like the Middle East that we don’t take action, well-intentioned action which could end up making a bad situation worse” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“The problem with politicians getting to know the issues in indigenous townships is that we tend to suffer from what Aboriginal people call the ‘seagull syndrome’ – we fly in, scratch around and fly out.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The argument [behind climate change] is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.” — Quoted in “Town of Beaufort changed Tony Abbott’s view on climate change” in the Australian, (12 December 2009) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Although China has had to become less repressive to accommodate more economic freedom, the long term ability of what’s still a communist government to maintain legitimacy and satisfy aspirations is far from clear” — ‘Battlelines’ P160 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Voluntary paid maternity leave: yes; compulsory paid maternity leave: over this Government’s dead body, frankly. It just won’t happen” — 24 Tony Abbott quotes – 5. Maternity Leave, over his Government’s dead body –  Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“In this speech, he [Howard] nominated ‘self-reliance’, ‘a fair go’, ‘pulling together’ and ‘having a go’ as elements of the ‘Australian Way’” — ‘Battlelines’ P77 (Guiding Liberal Policies) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I don’t think we can say that the science is settled here” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 14 March 2011  –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“we’ve had some extensive Western interventions.” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“There is much to be said for an emissions trading scheme. It was, after all, the mechanism for emission reduction ultimately chosen by the Howard government.” — Tony Abbott July 27th 2009 tonyabbott.com.au –  Abbottisms Website

 

“Just as Al Gore invented the internet: whatever policy she wants, she invented it.” — Tony Abbott February 15th 2006 (Hansard) –  Abbottisms Website

 

“As leader, I am not frightened of an election, I am not frightened of an election on this issue, I really am not frightened of an election on this issue” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“People frequently live together before making a formal commitment to each other. It reflects the social changes of the past century more than it signifies a collapse of moral standards. Young people reach sexual maturity earlier but leave school much later…it takes time to establish independent households that most newly married people now  expect” — ‘Battlelines’ P176 (Importance of Family) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Despite its caste system, India has some key advantages – democracy and the rule of law besides the English language and already looks as though it will become an important member of the anglosphere” — ‘Battlelines’ P160 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“All of the people who are using their BlackBerries or their iPhones, Facebook, all of the people who are sitting in cafes and hotels rooms doing their work, they’re all using wireless technology, and we shouldn’t assume that the only way of the future is high speed cable” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The prime job of opposition is to hold the government to account … if we are absolutely confident that what the government is doing is in beyond reasonable doubt in the national interest then sure let’s go along with it. But if you’ve got the doubts we have over this, then we’re obliged to oppose it” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“This emissions trading scheme legislation, which is really an energy taxation scheme, does deserve the most rigorous scrutiny by this parliament … It would be grossly irresponsible of us to just wave this through the parliament” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“On gun laws, workplace-relations change, the development of an academically rigorous national curriculum and protecting the Murray-Darling basin, to name only the most obvious instances of policy tension with the States, John Howard was more interested in solving problems than in constitutional niceties” — ‘Battlelines’ P118 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I believe that there is a vast moral gulf which separates modern Australia from Nazi Germany. But can we be so sure that, under pressure over time, we will not slide down the same slippery slope. We only have to look at the abortion situation in this country.” — Tony Abbott October 16th 1995 Australian Parliament: Hansard –  Abbottisms Website

 

“No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom.” — Liberal Party Campaign launch, 12/08/2013 (“Tony Abbott declares ‘no one can be a suppository of all wisdom'”) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Many climate change protagonists are also committed to ending what they see as wasteful consumerism That’s a perfectly legitimate point of view. Still the correlation between what’s presented as scientific consensuses for the need for lower emissions and standard new left prejudice against economic growth is suspiciously neat….For many, reducing emissions is a means to achieving a political objective they could not otherwise gain” — ‘Battlelines’ P171 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Gillard won’t lie down and die and where there’s life, there’s fight” — Tony Abbott 29 May 2009 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“Liberal Party has a sunnier view of human nature than the passionately idealistic Labor Party” — ‘Battlelines’ P82 (Fairness) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“My challenge now is to ensure that I’m not the best Opposition Leader never to have become prime minister” — Tony Abbott 8 Sep 2010 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“It was the so-called settled science of climate change, that I thought was to be described in language that I wouldn’t use on a family program” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 2 February 2010 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.” — Quoted in “Tony Abbott under fire” on abc.net.au, July 22, 2002. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“It’s very easy for Australians living in big cities to either romanticise or demonise the situation in Aboriginal places – to kind of look at things through the ‘noble innocents’ prism or through the ‘chronically dysfunctional’ prism, and I suspect that is so often the case” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The new [Rudd] system requires business to engage in ‘good faith bargaining’ – a misnomer – with potentially, all unions that have workers at an enterprise. A new industrial regulator-cum-arbiter, Fair Work Australiam, is to make binding rulings in the event parties can’t agree. This is compulsory arbitration by the back door.  It means that decisions vital to the survival of businesses and their employees will be made by officials rather than by people in the workplace” — ‘Battlelines’ P87 (Fair Work Australia) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The states will gladly take the Commonwealth’s money, but are most unlikely ever to change their bureaucratic structures as long as problems can plausibly be attributed to the Commonwealth’s parsimony rather than to their own addiction to bureaucracy” — ‘Battlelines’ P134 (States to do better) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The most pervasive economic lesson of the past 30 years is not that market capitalism has failed, but that is actually the only way to succeed in the long run, whatever short term difficulties there may be…” — ‘Battlelines’ P155 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Of course Aboriginal children should be expected to attend school….adults should attend work programs and lose social security benefits if they don’t” — ‘Battlelines’ P169 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“…artificially created [carbon] markets could be especially open to manipulation….many now think that a carbon charge scheme directed at the least environmentally efficient producers would be simpler and fairer than an emissions trading scheme” — ‘Battlelines’ P172 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Well, I’m not saying that an emissions tax is ever going to be good policy.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“Giving more authority to the national government is not the same as supporting bug government over small. Unlike the states, which typically provide services through giant state-run organizations…the Commonwealth usually provides services through non-government bodies….what might be described a s ‘conservative centralism’ is likely to reduce total size of government” — ‘Battlelines’ P127-8 (COAG) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“This is a government which takes national security seriously and that’s not just national security against terrorism, it is national security against all forms of threat, including biological threat” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“Australians are entitled to take at least a measure of pride in our country’s achievements” — ‘Battlelines’ P152 (Australia’s Future Direction) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things…” — Tony Abbott, on homosexuality –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“The job of the opposition is to be an alternative not an echo; to provide a choice not a copy” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“WorkChoices is dead, it’s buried, it’s cremated.” — Quoted in ABC News “WorkChoices haunt Abbott” on abc.net.au, July 19, 2010. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

““The adage ‘If its not necessary to change, it necessary not to change.’ perhaps best captures this spirit” — ‘Battlelines’ P56 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Conservatism prefers facts to theory, practical demonstration to metaphysical abstraction; what works to what’s in the mind’s eye…Conservatives are not optimists or pessimists but realists” — ‘Battlelines’ P72 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If I ever proposed new spending measures or had a good word for the unions, …Peter Costello would jocularly inquire whether I was “channeling Santa [BA Santamaria] again” — ‘Battlelines’ P148-9 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Australia has states because it was the price of becoming a nation, not because the federation fathers thought an intermediate level of government was necessary to avoid tyranny or that some services were inherently better delivered by states” — ‘Battlelines’ P113 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If marriage is making the life of a spouse or a child wretched, it may best be ended. Still, many marriages are entered into with an unrealistic expectation of future bliss” — ‘Battlelines’  P176 (Importance of Family) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Because a strong economy requires highly educated people in good health, better schools and hospitals, and better systems for running them are an important component of economic reform. Because successful business requires good infrastructure, better roads and telecommunications [and competitive markets]… are also part of economic reform” — ‘Battlelines’ P83 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Even if global warming is as bad as the doomsayers claim, it’s better to respond correctly than to respond tomorrow. Man-made CO2 emission have been happening for centuries and I daresay the planet could cope if we respond intelligently in 2012 rather than foolishly in 2010.” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 19 December 2008 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“The problem with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is that its processes have no authority of their own and its decisions are not binding.  European institutions have more authority over Britain  and France than COAG has over NSW and Victoria” — ‘Battlelines’ P126 (COAG) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The thesis that carbon dioxide is uniquely responsible for global warming has run up against a serious problem, and that is the fact that the climate has if anything been cooling slightly over the last decade, while there have been continued massive increases in carbon dioxide emissions” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I have close family members as well as lots of close friends who are gay. Many of them strongly support gay marriage” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“It’s quite likely that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has had some effect on the climate, but debate rages amongst scientists over its extent and relative impact given all other factors at work. It sounds like common sense to minimize human impact on the environment and to reduce human contribution to increased atmospheric-gas concentrations. It doesn’t make sense, though, to impose certain and substantial costs on the economy now in order to avoid unknown and perhaps even benign changes in the future” — ‘Battlelines’ P170-1 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“For too long, policymakers have ranked motorists just above heavy drinkers or smokers as social pariahs….They’re citizens going to work, doing the shopping, taking the kids to school…” — ‘Battlelines’ P174 (Improving Transport System) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The phrase WorkChoices is dead. No one will ever mention it again. But we do need to have a free and flexible economy” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Certainly, my uni days involved some statements that I wouldn’t make today” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“We do not want educated women, at the higher degree level, to deny them a career. If we want women of that calibre to have families – and we should – well we’ve got to give them a fair dinkum chance to do so” — Tony Abbott 7 May 2013 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“I think my wife and my kids are incredibly good to allow me to stay in public life given that they have to cop a whole lot of collateral attention that, being human, they’d rather not get” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“Why isn’t the fact that 100,000 women choose to end their pregnancies regarded as a national tragedy approaching the scale, say, of Aboriginal life expectancy being 20 years less than that of the general community?” — Tony Abbott March 17th 2004 tonyabbott.com.au –  Abbottisms Website

 

“Former general Jim Molan observed that Australia hasn’t really pulled its weight in either Iraq or Afghanistan, despite the credit we’ve received in Washington and London. Its wrong to expect America to be the world’s policeman with only a token assistance from its allies. If Australia is to matter in the wider world, Australians should expect more, not less, future involvement in international security issues” — ‘Battlelines’ P159 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Mates help each other; they do not tax each other.” — Tony Abbott February 23rd 2011 Australian Parliament: Hansard –  Abbottisms Website

 

“I had described middle income families with children as Australia’s new poor. And called for (non-means tested family wage, perhaps of $100 a week to be paid to the principal carer of dependent children A family wage, I said: is quite different to welfare. It is a recognition of responsibilities, not need…. It would take just one public servant, just one, and a computer to administer” — ‘Battlelines’ P93 (Taxation Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.” — Panel discussion, “Tony Abbott on Q and A” on abc.net.au, April 5, 2010. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Public schools could benefit from being less subject to large and unwieldy bureaucracy.  Most teachers are hard working and highly committed and there are many excellent public schools.  Kevin Donnelly said, “instead of having a robust education system committed to excellence and the highest standards of learning, we are faced with an inflexible school system suffering from a provider capture, protected from competition, steeped in mediocrity and the belief that education should be used for social engineering and the promotion of political correctness” — ‘Battlelines’ P144 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“For small business people, less paperwork means higher profits, boosted sales and more time with the family” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“We just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice.” — Tony Abbott February 11th 2010 Sydney Morning Herald –  Abbottisms Website

 

“The impact of the Hanson party had been to take votes away from the only conservatives who were ever likely to be in power” — ‘Battlelines’ P50 (One Nation) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The Little Children are Sacred report was not the first to detail horrific violence in Aboriginal families.  It was though, the first report that dealt just with a territory. It was the first report confined to places where Canberra could, if necessary, ‘pull rank’ and call the shots” — ‘Battlelines’ P123 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Meaningful reform is unlikely until one level of government can call the shots.  As long as reform involves negotiations with the states, reform proposals will nearly always mean that the Commonwealth pays for changes that the states then have to deliver – a recipe for buck passing and blame shifting – or that an unwieldy state bureaucracy is replaced by an equally unwieldy and possibly even less accountable joint Commonwealth-state bureaucracy” — ‘Battlelines’ P133 (States to do better) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Direct measures that improve the efficiency of cars, encourage the use of renewable energy, such as domestic solar power, promote recycling with urban rainwater tank, create carbon sinks on grazing land…they don’t do damage to export industries…” — ‘Battlelines’ P172 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I think that political marriages are subject to more strain than most precisely because of the nature of politics” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“The climate has changed over the eons and we know from history, at the time of Julius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth the climate was considerably warmer than it is now. [...] Climate change happens all the time and it is not man that drives those climate changes back in history. It is an open question how much the climate changes today and what role man plays” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 8 May 2010 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“Abortion is the easy way out. It’s hardly surprising that people should choose the most convenient exit from awkward situations.” — Quoted in “Rate of abortion high-lights our moral failings” on www.tonyabbott.com.au, 17 March 2004. [specific citation needed] –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Perhaps the biggest problem is that public education is undervalued.  Classroom teachers’ salaries in NSW start at about $53,000 and finish on $79,000 per year.  High salaries for new graduates but low for outstanding teachers who have been inspiring their students for decades.  ‘Teacher quality’ salary distinctions are made on time served and additional qualifications obtained” — ‘Battlelines’ P145 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“There are some wounds that need to be healed. I have said to my colleagues that I will do my best to be a consultative and collegial leader” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“When you are challenging the young, they can come back at you with language of tremendous power and they are no respecters of sacred cows, you know, the young. There’s nothing politically correct about the average young Australian when it comes to use of language.” — Quoted in News.com.au, “Abbott OK being a ‘lame, gay, churchy loser'” in news.com.au from all angles, (28 August 2009) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“We have to get this straight: euthanasia is not about the right to die; it is about the right to kill.” — Tony Abbott October 16th 1995 (Hansard) –  Abbottisms Website

 

“The problem with politicians getting to know the issues in indigenous townships is that we tend to suffer from what Aboriginal people call the ‘seagull syndrome’ – we fly in, scratch around and fly out” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“Victory is within our ready grasp…We are in reach of a famous victory” — Abbott’s ‘famous victory’ remark … was it gospel or not? in The Age, (23 June 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“I think anything which improves services is in principle a good thing.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“As Michael Costa said recently: ‘… Fair Work Australia can not be allowed to replace enterprise management in developing business strategy, This would be an unmitigated economic disaster’” — ‘Battlelines’ P88 (Fair Work Australia) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“It’s the last thing I would have expected a week ago. My intention was to change the position on these bills, no more than that. Unfortunately, it became clear, eventually, that in order to change the position on these bills we had to have a leadership change” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“We do want to reduce our emissions and those targets stand. We will have a strong and effective climate change policy, it just won’t be this ETS” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Australia will have one of the world’s strongest economies” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Rudd government is slowly turning Work for the Dole into a training program. The idea that ‘the world owes people a living’ is strong inside the Labor Party. .. The Labor Party is also eroding the principle of mutual obligation” — ‘Battlelines’ P89 (Welfare Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“We’ve had intervention in Afghanistan. Again, I supported it. A lot of people would question its wisdom and its ultimate outcomes.” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“You cannot win an election without a fight” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“You try turning up in America without documents, without a visa, without a passport; you’ll be treated as very, very much illegal” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“I think the climate change science is far from settled” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 29 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“The climate change argument is absolute crap…” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 1 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“The conservative side of politics will not flourish if we do not have a strong and effective coalition” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“I accept that I, at times, have stuffed up. I also believe that when you become leader you make a new start” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“I think that marriage is, dare I say it, between a man and a woman, hopefully for life and there are all sorts of other relationships which should be acknowledged and recognised, but I don’t know that they can be recognised as marriage” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“While many scientists, perhaps even a strong numerical majority, think that carbon dioxide is the principal factor in variations in global climate, others question the significance of the role of a naturally occurring trace gas and attribute climate change mainly to variations in solar activity” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“In fact, monarchy in Australia is quite different from the monarchy in Britain. Here it also means [besides the Queen] governors-general and state governors. These are now always Australians who have distinguished themselves in some significant way…It gives the Australian crown a decidedly local flavour. (Republic)” —  –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“We have a lot of experienced players back, … Our attitude is that we want to go out and prove last year was a fluke. We are out to prove we are a lot better than 1-9.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“If American leadership is bad, its absence would be worse.  The alternative to American leadership would not turn out to be more enlightened leadership, but no leadership at all” — ‘Battlelines’ P156 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Aboriginal people’s high incidence of chronic disease, substance abuse and domestic violence are a function of unemployment, lack of education and very isolated living, not official neglect” — ‘Battlelines’ P166 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“My commitment to the forgotten families of Australia is to ease your cost of living pressure” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“…most Australians thought it was self-evidently necessary to deal with such serious and entrenched problems.   Indeed with 20/20 hindsight, many thought that the intervention measures should have been taken years earlier and extended to all remote Aboriginal settlements, not just in the Territory” — ‘Battlelines’ P123 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The problem is that most Western nations have privatised the next generation. Having children is tends to be regarded as a personal choice rather than a social good. Perhaps for the first time in human history, large families are not seen as a sign of faith in the future or even as a provision against its perils but as a kind of trespass on the environment. …As Malcolm Turnbull declared in 2003… ‘ there is no greater threat to Western society than the decline in fertility…’ A society which cannot reproduce itself has surely embraced a cultural death wish’” — ‘Battlelines’ P97 (Families) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Oakshott notes that conservatism is at odds with the modern mindset which, he says, ‘is in love with change’.  ..’the fascination with what is new is felt more keenly than the comfort of what is familiar… There is a positive prejudice in favour of the yet untried… ‘” — ‘Battlelines’ P67 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Since the 1940s, in response to problems or opportunities that the states had neglected, the Commonwealth has become successively involved in funding pharmaceutical drugs, universities. Nursing homes, schools. Medical services, hospitals, public housing, disability services and infrastructure. The commonwealth is now expected to keep funding these services, even though it often has little or no say over how they’re actually run.  Constant bickering is the inevitable consequence…” — ‘Battlelines’ P115 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“It’s odd that the Iraq war should still trumpeted as a monumental moral failure just when the country looks to be recovering” — ‘Battlelines’ P157 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Because it funds specific services or individual patients, the Commonwealth’s approach to health is fundamentally different from that of the states. Through Medicare, the Commonwealth funds patients to buy medical services or directly funds bulk-billing doctors. Through PBS…funds pharmacies…Through aged care funding …supports independent institutions to deliver services that individuals or families choose to use” — ‘Battlelines’ P139 (Health Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“To voters, health and education outrank unemployment, the environment, national security, tax, workplace relations and immigration (as important as they are).  Voters seem to consider health and education more important than economic management, despite good economic management being a precondition for better hospitals and schools.  This is why the Commonwealth has become increasingly involved in these areas” — ‘Battlelines’ P132 (States to do better) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“[Australia] will be more cosmopolitan but less multicultural – because there will be more stress on unity” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The intervention was a dramatic illustration of the Commonwealth’s capacity to make change for the better where it’s the sovereign level of Government.  What could be done in the Territory contrasts with what couldn’t be done in the states. When a state government sits on its hands in an area of its constitutional responsibility (as the NT government had hitherto done with the Little Children are Sacred report), [currently] the national government can try to buy a solution but it can’t actually make one happen” — ‘Battlelines’ P123 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I do enjoy exercise, not because I am an exercise junkie but because it’s terrific stress release” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“Do we want an Australia celebrated for its way of life or an Australia that is celebrated for its way of death?” — Tony Abbott October 16th 1995 (Hansard) –  Abbottisms Website

 

“John Howard … demonstrated that conservatives could be vigorous reformers themselves rather than mere obstacles to obstruct the reforms of others” — ‘Battlelines’ P73 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I mean there are many, many people in all sorts of different countries who don’t have a great life, who are subject to injustice. Are we obliged to take all of them who come here? I think the answer is ‘Not necessarily.'” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“…Liberal Party is concerned about the rights, responsibilities, opportunities and place in society of each person. We want each person to be empowered, as far as reasonably possible, to live the life he or she thinks best.” — ‘Battlelines’ pXII (Guiding Liberal Policies) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“While I think men and women are equal, they are also different and I think it’s inevitable and I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all that we always have, say, more women doing things like physiotherapy and an enormous number of women simply doing housework” — Quoted in “Rudd hands PM a crucial lifeline” by : Laurie Oakes in the Herald Sun, (06 August 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.” — Tony Abbott, Q and A, 5 April 2010. –  Tony Abbott’s Quotes 2013

 

“I also think that if you want to put a price on carbon, why not just do it with a simple tax? Why not ask motorists to pay more, why not ask electricity consumers to pay more and then at the end of the year you can take your invoices to the tax office and get a rebate of the carbon tax you’ve paid” — Tony Abbott, On the Carbon Tax and Climate Change –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“For a long time, Australians collectively failed to extend to Aboriginal people the kind of sympathetic understanding that was readily extended to, say, the Irish and their predicament…. Of itself, though, the Rudd Government apology was a feel good gesture” — ‘Battlelines’ P165-6 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Work Choices was a political mistake, but may not have been an economic one. The legislation was highly complex, for all the government’s deregulatory intent. Its chief fault, though, was to abolish the ‘no disadvantage rule’ that had previously applied to Australian Workplace Agreements. As John Stone pointed out, during the 18-month period it was fully operational ‘499,000 jobs were added, of which 91 per cent were full time (compared to only 51 per cent during the previous decade…” — ‘Battlelines’ p87 (Work Choices) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“A proposal to give the best teachers much higher salaries could transform the education debate.  An extra $1 billion a year could add $50,000 a year more to the pay packets of Australia’s 20,000 best teachers” — ‘Battlelines’ P149 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“A Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to enable a more effective exercise of Commonwealth power in areas of responsibility shared with the States” — ‘Battlelines’ P188 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Putting dentistry on Medicare to allow substantial bulk billing would be very expensive; health officials estimated the cost at up to $4 billion a year in 2007.  Unfunded new spending of this magnitude could not be contemplated until the budget returns to surplus.  It would be the best means of ensuring that people don’t miss out on essential dental treatment and is a logical development to the Medicare system” — ‘Battlelines’ P144 (Better Dental Health) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Once people come to Australia, they join the team” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“I think leadership is knowing what you want to achieve and then purposefully and sensibly taking steps to achieve it, remembering always that you have got to bring people with you if you are seeking to be a successful political leader” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“We’re not looking about austerity, Leigh; we’re talking about sensible, prudent respect for taxpayers’ dollars” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“That’s bullshit. You’re being deliberately unpleasant. I suppose you can’t help yourself, can you?” — Tony Abbott, on Nicola Roxon –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“Middle income families with children are Australia’s new poor” — ‘Battlelines’ P93 (Middle Class Welfare) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“…nor the Rudd Government’s union-centred industrial legislation will arrest the long term decline in union membership. Well educated, capable people won’t subcontract to union officials the management of their economic future, especially if that means more workplace confrontation” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“What’s missing is a universal system of family assistance to support ‘home cantered’  and ‘adaptive’ women who have more children and also a comprehensive maternity leave system to support ‘work centred’ mothers who want to have more children” — ‘Battlelines’ P97 (Families) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If man-made CO2 was quite the villain that many of these people say it is, why hasn’t there just been a steady increase starting in 1750, and moving in a linear way up the graph?” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 19 November 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.” — SRC (Students Representative Council) student paper, Sydney University, 1979. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“The result of a republic with an elected president would be another politician in an key job” — ‘Battlelines’ P163 (Republic) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“A tax cut to compensate for a tax increase is not a cut – it’s a con” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“I don’t say that evolution is a complete and entirely satisfactory scientific explanation of the origin of man. Still, I think it’s more plausible than treating the Adam and Eve story as literal truth (if that’s what creationists say)” — 24 Tony Abbott quotes – 1. Evolution or Creationism –  Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“Whenever enough voters think that the state governments are neglecting an important issue, the Commonwealth ends up becoming involved….Commonwealth spending on health and education now approach $90 billion per annum, or about a quarter of it’s total spending. Its all in areas that were once the wholly preserve of the states.  Most of it is not directly authorised by the constitution, other than via specific purpose grands under section 96″ — ‘Battlelines’ P133 (States to do better) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I think that people should come to Australia through the front door, not through the back door. If people want a migration outcome, they should go through the migration channels” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“Better public schools are likely to emerge where local teachers and parents have more say over how their schools are run.  Solutions involve trusting people more and relying on officials less” — ‘Battlelines’ P145 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“What I would like to see is sufficiently good education and health services being delivered to Aboriginal people so that they are prepared and ready to leave and join the economic mainstream if that’s their choice.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The truth is I try to take people as I find them” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“I want to reduce emissions [...] but I think we’ve also got to accept that carbon dioxide is an essential trace gas as well” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 2 February 2010 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“The scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have concluded that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are probably responsible for climate change which, they think, is likely to result in up to one metre rises in sea levels over the next century, up to six degrees increases in temperatures and more extreme weather. A difficulty for this thesis is that man-made carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing substantially for at least a hundred years but significant global warming only seems to have occurred in the last quarter of the last century” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“Australia’s intervention to secure the independence of East Timor had many of the same characteristics [of being a policeman]. There was nothing in it for Australia…. It would have been easier to drive a hard bargain with Indonesia than with a more obviously needy fledgling state over oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea” — ‘Battlelines’ p158 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If I was in a refugee camp somewhere on the Pakistani border, of course I’d want to come to Australia” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“I do regard the selection of a new frontbench as an opportunity to indicate this party is a broad church, it always will be a broad church” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“In the 1980s, the Liberal Party opposed Medicare because it thought it meant ‘socialised medicine’.  In practice, private medical practice has flourished because it is a system for paying doctors’ bills, not employing them.  Medicare has kept medical treatment affordable, but it hasn’t turned doctors into public servants as it was then feared.  Because there is no guarantee of bulk billing, there are still significant price signals in the system….It took some time for the Liberal Party to appreciate the marriage of affordability and choice – to realise that it was almost the embodiment of Liberal values – but late converts can be the truest believers” — ‘Battlelines’ P140 (Medicare) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“There were mistakes too…Work Choices was a catastrophic political blunder…Even though Work Choices coincided with the fastest jobs growth in Australia’s history … an impression was created that the government no longer cared about the vulnerable workers” — ‘Battlelines’ P25/26 (Work Choices) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Love thy neighbour as you love yourself. That second commandment is rightly the whole basis of human ethics.”” — ‘Battlelines’ P10 (Religion) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The absence of tribalism is one of the key characteristics of English-speaking cultures….It’s a solidarity based on ideas and even mutually shared differences of opinion, rather than race, religion or economic self-interest” — ‘Battlelines’ P159 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“…with Work Choices, policy seemed to have become a solution in search of a problem” — ‘Battlelines’ P75 (Work Choices) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“This is an illustration of a new sectarianism where somebody is considered incapable of making an objective decision because they hold ethical, philosophical or religious views” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“The Commonwealth and states first agreed to support a national school curriculum in 1986 and established a national curriculum corporation in 1990.   In 2007, a report found that only physics and chemistry had a high degree of national consistency.  If the National Curriculum Board can meet its latest timeline, it will have taken 25 years to complete” — ‘Battlelines’ P121 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“[Australia] will still be a ‘crowned republic'” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“In an international version of the tall poppy syndrome, right around the world, people are inclined to revel in the problems facing America. Some left-wing commentators have almost cheered the Taliban and al Qaeda because the cusses of its enemies will, they think, ‘teach America a lesson’” — ‘Battlelines’ P156 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“We can’t conclusively say whether man-made carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to climate change” — Tony Abbott, Quoted in in the speech A Realist’s Approach to Climate Change (27 July 2009) –  Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“We’ve got a civil war going on in that benighted country between two pretty unsavoury sides. It’s not goodies versus baddies – it’s baddies versus baddies.” — Tony Abbott on Insiders (31/8/13) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“Its important to ensure that the native title land can serve as an economic asset as well as a spiritual one….individual rather than collective title…essential that rents are realistic and payment is enforced so that moving to seek employment can start to make more economic sense” — ‘Battlelines’ P168 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Faith is important to me. It’s important to millions of Australians. It helps to shape who I am. It helps to shape my values. But it must never, never dictate my politics” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“We will have some disagreements in this party, that’s not a bad thing … but the frontbench will represent all shades of opinion inside the Liberal Party” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“The republican’s fundamental problem, though, is that change undramatic enough to succeed is too dull to bother with” — ‘Battlelines’ P164 (Republic) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak” — Abbott on q&a in 2009 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“It’s a little rich girl who is basically whoring herself to the Liberals.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“I probably should, I suppose, apologise now for all my errors of the past, and make a clean breast of them, if you like, and ask the public to judge me from this point” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“…in this country the Liberal Party is the political custodian of both the liberal and conservative traditions” — ‘Battlelines’ P59 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“”The argument is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger”” — Tony Abbott, Quoted in Town of Beaufort changed Tony Abbott’s view on climate changet in the Australian (12 December 2009)

Read more at http://izquotes.com/quote/205133 –  Tony Abbott Quotes

“Its time for battlelines to be drawn. The Liberal Party certainly has to maintain its credibility as the best party to manage the economy, but also has to be clear about the society it wants. A society where politicians can less easily make excuses for railing to address problems; where more responsive health and education services are available to everyone, where government is in sympathy with the individual and families trying to get ahead; and where the values and the institutions that have stood the test of time are respected should always be the goal to which our party is committed” — ‘Battlelines’ P182 (Liberal Party direction) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I understand that government should live within its means, value the money it holds in trust from you the taxpayer, avoid waste and, above all else, observe the first maxim of good government: namely, do no avoidable harm” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“Despite greater ethnic and cultural diversity, longer working hours, ‘blended’ families, and a narrower consensus about values, Australia’s social fabric remains strong.  Australians try hard to be fair, especially to people they fear that they might be prejudiced against” — ‘Battlelines’ P152 (Australia’s Future Direction) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Over time, means testing family benefits has significantly worsened the financial position of the middle-income families, with far reaching social and economic consequences” — ‘Battlelines’ P95 (Middle Class Welfare) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Rudd government’s proposed parental leave scheme…its not long enough to allow women fully to breast feed their babies …minimum wage it’s inadequate for most families that depend on a mother’s income” — ‘Battlelines’ P102 (Families) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Through aged care funding, the Commonwealth supports independent institutions to deliver services that individuals or their families choose to use.  By contrast, except for a handful of privately owned public hospitals (e.g. St Vincents in Sydney and Melbourne) state health departments directly provide public hospital services (Aged Care funding)” —  –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Climate change is a relatively new political issue, but it’s been happening since the earth’s beginning. The extinction of the dinosaurs is thought to have been associated with climate change. [unverified]“ — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 9 March 2011 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I have even been accused from time to time of flirting with the deputy prime minister – that must cease now, of course” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“The role of CO2 is not nearly as clear as the climate catastrophists would suggest.” — Tony Abbott, On the Carbon Tax and Climate Change –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“The issue is not whether climate change happens (after all, grapes grew in Britain in Roman times; crops grew in Greenland in the middle ages; and the River Thames froze in winter during the 1600s) but how much of it is man-made and what can realistically be done to tackle it” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“There are no factions in the Liberal Party” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“Over the past 20 years, public-school parents and citizens groups have become increasingly sophisticated, mostly under the pressure of fund raising for facilities that would once have been provided via state governments.  Parents are precisely the people who should be involved in choosing the school’s principal and its teachers. These parents should be more involved in making decisions about their childrens’ education.  Not to involve them because ‘officials know best’ is a form of snobbery that has long lost any plausible justification” — ‘Battlelines’ P146 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Malcom Turnbull has said that re-vegetation, more energy efficient buildings, and further research into geothermal and tidal power could lead to greater carbon dioxide reduction than the proposed ETS” — ‘Battlelines’ P172 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“To move past fear is a cliche” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“Subsequently I helped a disgruntled former One Nation candidate to take legal action to recover $500,000 in public funding improperly given to the private company masquerading as a political party” — ‘Battlelines’ P51 (One Nation) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“It could be simpler and fairer for the revenue forgone in superannuation concessions to be provided as a pension instead” — ‘Battlelines’ P108 (Retirement Age) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The Howard Government sought to empower local schools and their communities by paying substantial infrastructure grants directly to them on their application.  These Investing in Our Schools grants typically paid for library extensions, school halls and playground refurbishments. The next Coalition Government could build on this precedent by making additional Commonwealth assistance to public schools dependent upon the establishment of school councils with the right to appoint the principal and to set priorities for the school budget” — ‘Battlelines’ P147 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Sea levels will be much the same, desert boundaries will not have changed much and technology rather than economic self–denial will be starting to cut down atmospheric pollution” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I don’t think we should be getting ideas above our station” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“I feel a little uncomfortable at being asked the sorts of questions that other Catholics in public life tend not to be asked” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“These so-called nasty big polluters are the people that keep the lights on. I mean, let’s not forget how essential these people are to the business of daily life.” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 2 February 2010 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“..I wasn’t ‘naturally devout’, at least in the way necessary to sustain the life of a priest. Not consoled by heartfelt prayer, I couldn’t imagine being celibate for the rest of my life.” — ‘Battlelines’ P17 (Religion) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I don’t think we should be getting above ourselves here. We are a significant middle power, but no more. Our capacity for major military involvement in the Middle East is quite limited.” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“I want to see an end to sovereign risk questions over Australia” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“I do enjoy exercise, not because I am an exercise junkie but because it’s terrific stress release.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“I am in favour of the notion of Australia as an immigrant society” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“If we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“these centres taught some couples the skills necessary to stay together….society should not be indifferent to the fate of marriages. Some American states have created a new category of marriage. As well as a marriage that can be ended after a brief separation, thse states now allow couples who chose to do so, to enter into a marriage that’s harder to end. It’s often called a ‘covenant’ marriage…The last thing that anyone should want is to chain people together who are bringing the worst in each other. On the other hand, if the law is to be the moral teacher that the advocates of ‘better-behaviour’ legislation think it should be, why not establish another type of marriage” — ‘Battlelines’ P177 (Importance of Family) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I always intended to make dentistry more affordable under Medicare to all people with dental problems, perhaps on referral from a GP.  It had struck me as odd that Medicare should subsidise health treatment for all parts of the body except the mouth” — ‘Battlelines’ P143 (Better Dental Health) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The next successful Liberal prime minister will no more be a clone of John Howard than John Howard was himself a clone of Bob Menzies or Malcolm Fraser” — ‘Battlelines’ P55 (John Howard’s Influence) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The US will remain the world’s strongest country” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Explosion in the number of children growing up in fatherless or motherless households. Most children are pretty resilient…still only the most starry-eyed member of the Woodstock generation would maintain that a parent’s self-fulfilment readily justifies depriving children of living with both a mother and a father, especially when the children are young” — ‘Battlelines’ P177 (Importance of Family) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“These people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers” — Tony Abbott, on immigration –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“In the lead up to the 2007 election, the Howard Government announced as a condition of access to new Commonwealth funding for local hospital infrastructure projects, that hospitals with more than 50 beds should have their own board.  The board would appoint the local CEO and together with the CEO, manage the hospital’s budget. Another condition was that  the hospital would itself keep any private income or donations…” — ‘Battlelines’ P138 (improving Hospitals) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“There are few problems in contemporary Australia that dysfunctional federation does not make worse” — ‘Battlelines’ P113 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Climate change…has been happening since the earth’s beginning…In Roman times grapes were widely grown in Britain. In medieval times, Greenland supported agriculture. During the mini-ice age, from 1500 to 1800’s people skated and ice fairs were held on the river Thames” — ‘Battlelines’ P170 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Father, if you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy about [homosexuals in the Catholic church].” — Tony Abbott March 19th 2009 Q&A, Australian Broadcasting Corporation –  Abbottisms Website

 

“One Nation was a company owned by three directors rather than a political party democratically controlled by its members” — ‘Battlelines’ P50 (One Nation) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“We have to be very careful because if we break something, we own it” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage.” — Tony Abbott April 5th 2010 Q&A, Australian Broadcasting Corporation –  Abbottisms Website

 

“I’m not saying that people on welfare don’t contribute in their own way, but as many as possible should be encouraged to be economically active as well as socially and culturally active” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 3/3)

 

“I have always been a very strong supporter of the coalition. I’ve always thought that a Liberal is a city-National, and National is a country-Liberal” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“I don’t think my religious convictions should be held against me” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“The health system does not need fundamental restructuring or gargantuan amounts of additional funding.  Hospital boards with clout are the change it needs because that change addresses the disconnect between patients and public hospital decision-makers which is the system’s biggest problem” — ‘Battlelines’ P142 (Health Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“A successful society such as Australia is unlikely to be improved by radical change” — ‘Battlelines’ P152 (Australia’s Future Direction) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Some progress will have been made towards ‘closing the gap’ between Aboriginal and other Australian’s standards of living” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“There may not be a great job for [Aboriginal people] but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done.” — Tony Abbott June 30th 2010 The Age –  Abbottisms Website

 

“I am a Liberal because I believe that government’s role is to give people a hand up, not a handout. I believe in a limited government and unlimited opportunity.” — ‘Battlelines’ P19 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Both Mum and Dad were converts to Catholicism, and normally if you convert to Catholicism you have thought about it more than someone who just grew up with it, taking it for granted” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“This is a government which is proposing to put at risk our manufacturing industry, to penalise struggling families, to make a tough situation worse for millions of households right around Australia. And for what? To make not a scrap of difference to the environment any time in the next 1000 years” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 29 March 2011 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I think I would say to my daughters if they were to ask me this question… it [their virginity] is the greatest gift that you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving and don’t give it to someone lightly, that’s what I would say.” — Quoted in “The Monk might make sense”, The Age, (28 Jan 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“As an ambitious politician, I had never had the slightest intension of becoming a morals campaigner. Shortly after becoming the health minister, though, I’d been asked to justify Medicare funding for up to 75,000 abortions every year. It was a question that compelled an answer. The first installment, delivered in March 2004 as a speech entitled “The Ethical Responsibilities of a Christian Politician” distinguished between deploring the frequency of abortion and trying to re-criminalize it. In a speech shortly after the 2004 election, I had even endorsed, at least as an improvement on the current situation, Bill Clinton’s observation that abortion should be ‘safe, legal and rare’” — ‘Battlelines’ P180 (Reducing Abortion rates) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The Australian public are very fair and they are always prepared to give the leader of a major political party a fair go” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience” — Tony Abbott March 17th 2004 tonyabbott.com.au –  Abbottisms Website

 

“The means test ensures that people are penalised just as they start to achieve. …ends up subsidizing need and, perversely, risks producing more of it” — ‘Battlelines’ P94 (Middle Class Welfare) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The argument for making public hospitals a Commonwealth responsibility is not based on the greater wisdom of Commonwealth public servants but on the Commonwealth’s confirmed predisposition to run health services in a different way” — ‘Battlelines’  (Aged Care funding) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Chairthing” — 24 Tony Abbott quotes – 3. Chairthing –  Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“Oppositions are not there to get legislation through. Oppositions are there to hold the government to account” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“I am not setting myself up as the great expert here, but the Hadley Institute in Britain, which is apparently one of the most reputable of these measuring centres, according to press reports, has found that after heating up very significantly in the previous 25 years, there seems to have been a slight cooling, but at a high plateau I’ll accept that” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 19 November 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I won’t be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated, maybe that’s because I’m a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard but, look, I won’t be” — 24 Tony Abbott quotes – 4. I’m a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard –  Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“The test he applied was: ‘How could this particular measure help make Australia a freer, stronger better nation?’” — ‘Battlelines’ P77 (Guiding Liberal Policies) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Although a safer world is in everyone’s long term interest, there’s little immediate reward in being its policeman. The invasion of Iraq, for instance, certainly didn’t give America or its allies access to cheap oil…” — ‘Battlelines’ p158 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“When (Mr Turnbull) elected to join the parliamentary Liberal Party he did us great credit and great honour and I want him to have a long and successful future in public life” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Now if you are condemned to life on welfare, I’m not so sure that being in a bigger welfare village is that much better than being in a smaller welfare village” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 3/3)

 

“A waste of money that has been worse than (former Labor prime minister Gough) Whitlam” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Undoubtedly, the most far-fetched arguments for the states is that they form a supposed bulwark against the potential tyranny of the national government.  It’s very hard to find any recent examples of bad Commonwealth policy that the states have stopped…” — ‘Battlelines’ P118 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The strongest and most resilient culture will turn out to be that which has emerged from the most vigorous interaction of ideas, attitudes and practices…These days, multiculturalism has largely ceased to be a battlefield in the ‘culture wars’” — ‘Battlelines’ P162 (Multiculturalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“In fact about 80 per cent of people who move onto full age pension do so from other benefits. Raising the pension would leave few conscripts in the work force but would make it much easier for older people who want to keep their jobs to do so” — ‘Battlelines’ P108 (Retirement Age) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I am giving you the most definite commitment any politician can give that this tax will go. This is a pledge in blood this tax will go” — Tony Abbott 12 Oct 2011 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change.” — Quoted in “ABC 7.30 Report”, July 22, 2002 –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Unlike Liberalism and socialism, conservatism does not start with an idea and construct a huge superstructure based on one insight or preference. … Conservatism starts with an appreciation of what is and what has been and tries to discern the good from patterns of conduct. Conservatism prefers facts to theory; practical demonstration to metaphysical abstraction, what works to what’s in the mind’s eye. To a conservative intuition is as important as reasoning; instinct as important as intellect…Conservatives are not optimists or pessimists but realists” — ‘Battlelines’ P72 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Another important reform would be generally subjecting welfare dependent families with children under sixteen to automatic income management…of course there are many families who spend their money responsibly… already spend 50 per cent of their welfare income on the necessities of life, so they would not be affected…[this] would send the clearest possible message that people on welfare have obligations as well as entitlements” — ‘Battlelines’ p91 (Welfare Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“In contemporary Australia, there is a gulf between classic federalism and governmental practice and voter expectations.  Health, education and the environment are the clear constitutional responsibility of the states, but also the areas of government policy that voters typically nominate as most important.  This is why leaders such as Menzies (universities) and Fraser (environment) have increased the size and importance of the national government” — ‘Battlelines’ P118 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“By contrast, a striking example of what can be achieved when one level of government is clearly in charge was the Howard Government’s intervention into remote NT townships.  This is was not only a potential watershed in Aboriginal policy but a good illustration of what national governments can do when not subjected to state-government vetos. In this case, the Commonwealth was able to mobilize NT government personnel and co-opt NT institutions because the Territory is a subordinate legislature subject ultimately the Commonwealth parliament” — ‘Battlelines’ P123 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Fixing the federation is a policy that a revitalised Liberal Party should adopt.  As long as eight out of ten Australians think that the Commonwealth should be able to resolve problems that the states can’t handle, a proposal to give the national government the authority to do so is the kind of pragmatism they should like” — ‘Battlelines’ P131 (COAG) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I’d probably … I feel a bit threatened” — Tony Abbott, on homosexuality –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“After a month in on benefits, people should participate in job-search training, and after three months they should begin in regular Work for the Dole” — ‘Battlelines’ P90 (Welfare Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark. The statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared scripted remarks.” — Quoted in “Don’t believe everything I say – Tony Abbott” on news.com.au, (18 May 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“I do feel humbled and daunted by what lies ahead but I also feel proud and exhilarated at the prospect of leading this party to the next election” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Mal Brough [Indigenous Affairs Minister] had offered to fund and organise similar measures in the remote townships of the Kimberley – which had Australia’s highest reported rates of sexual infection among minors – but was brushed off by the WA government” — ‘Battlelines’ P123 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“…conservatives have not been infected with the spirit of improvement…Conservative feel no particular need to justify the status quo “ — ‘Battlelines’ P56 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“ANU’s Professor John Wanna suggested that meetings of commonwealth and state chief ministers and ministers should operate like a cabinet.  This would require the states to accept Commonwealth leadership – which is precisely what they won’t do under current constitutional arrangements…” — ‘Battlelines’ P126 (COAG) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

““Work Choices Wasn’t All Bad” — ‘Battlelines’ p87 (Work Choices) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“[Australian] Families won’t break up any more often, because old fashioned notions about making the most of imperfect situations will have made something of a comeback” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“He was … a beacon of humanity at seminary” — 24 Tony Abbott quotes – 6. a priest accused of assualt of a child was “a beacon of humanity” –  Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes

 

“The smart way to improve broadband is not to junk the existing network but to make the most of it. It’s to let a competitive market deliver the speeds that people need at an affordable price with government improving infrastructure in the areas where market competition won’t deliver it” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“In Australia’s biggest cities, public transport is generally slow, expensive, not especially reliable and still hideous drain on the public purse. Part of the problem is inefficient, overmanned, union-dominated government run train and bus systems. Mostly though, …there just aren’t enough people wanting to go from a particular place to a particular destination at a particular time to justify any vehicle larger than a car, and cars need roads” — ‘Battlelines’ P174 (Improving Transport System) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price.” — Tony Abbott, accused of being ‘incredibly old fashioned’ as he lets off steam, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 2010, said on 8 February 2010 –  Tony Abbott’s Quotes 2013

 

“Preserving the states in their current role theoretically makes it harder for misguided national governments to implement poor policy….In any event, states had nothing to do with thwarting either [Fraser’s retrospective tax and Hawke’s Australia card] policies. In reality, states have been unsuccessful at thwarting Commonwealth policies” — ‘Battlelines’ P126 (COAG) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The public will come to appreciate British Prime Minister’s words “you can’t spend your way out of a recession. It might be possible, though, to reform your way through a recession, avoiding its worst ravages by setting up a burst of future prosperity…Even the Hawke Government used the recession of the early ‘80s to justify floating the dollar, deregulating the banks and lowering tariff” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Environmentalism might hurt the environment” — ‘Battlelines’ P169 (Environmentalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Ideally welfare would give households a minimum level of income. Beyond that, earned income would not be taxed up to a further level depending on household size. After that earned income would could be taxed but not at a rate likely to destroy incentive” — ‘Battlelines’ P105 –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Unless educational conservatives such as Bob Carr can reassert their influence within the ALP, it is almost inevitable that this critique [for less phonics and literature] from the left will be accommodated” — ‘Battlelines’ P147 (Improving Schools) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Government’s job is to try to equip Aboriginal people to participate in wider Australian society. Building more aboriginal housing in places where there are no jobs…traps them in welfare villages” — ‘Battlelines’ P167 (Indigenous Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“…Work Choices was a catastrophic political blunder” — ‘Battlelines’ P25 (Liberal loss in 2007) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“New roads would provide space for dedicated bus lanes… It should be a standard condition for new roads  that they make space for bikes …and new commercial buildings that they have lockers and showers for people who walk or ride to work” — ‘Battlelines’ P175 (Improving Transport System) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I’m proud of that…” — Tony Abbott, on On Indigenous Australia –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“If half the effort were put into discouraging teenage promiscuity as goes into preventing teenage speeding, there might be fewer abortions, fewer traumatised young women and fewer dysfunctional families.” — Tony Abbott March 17th 2004 tonyabbott.com.au –  Abbottisms Website

 

“I accept that resolutions made in church often wilt under the hot breath of passion—I think I know that as well as any person in this chamber” — Tony Abbott February 15th 2006 (Hansard) –  Abbottisms Website

 

““In political shorthand, ‘socialist’ parties might stand for government control of the economy, ‘liberal’ parties for individual freedom and ‘conservative’ parties for traditional institutions” — ‘Battlelines’ P57 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Parties to the left are thought to be focused on better government services.  Because the Labor Party established Medicare and abolished university fees, they ‘own’ health and education….Advocates of smaller government can give the impression that they oppose government service delivery, even though they normally want services more effectively delivered.  The Liberal Party’s reluctance to trespass on the traditional responsibilities of the states can easily be mistaken for a reluctance to provide ‘national leadership’ on the issues that matter to voters” — ‘Battlelines’ P148-9 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I think that the best things that governments can do for productivity is not whack on new taxes and, if we can get institutions like schools and hospitals functioning better, well that’s obviously good for the overall productiveness of our society” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“It seems that, notwithstanding the dramatic increases in manmade CO2 emissions over the last decade, the world’s warming has stopped.” — Quoted in “2009 Australia’s second warmest year ever, according to Bureau of Meteorology figures” in the Herald Sun, (5 January 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“Australia has some heft in the world. We are probably the 12th largest economy, depending upon relative exchange rates.” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“Its hard to imagine that security forces in the West will permanently be able to prevent nuclear terrorism in a large city…” — ‘Battlelines’ P160 (Islamist terrorism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“My Mum and Dad were both very generous, encouraging parents.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“In the employment portfolio between 1998 and 2003, one of my main missions was to highlight the importance of improving incentives to work.. I pointed out the high effective marginal tax rate faced by people moving from welfare to work” — ‘Battlelines’ P92 (Taxation Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I would not want to see any relaxation of the law prohibiting human cloning” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“I want to make it clear that I do not judge or condemn any woman who has had an abortion, but every abortion is a tragedy and up to 100,000 abortions a year is this generation’s legacy of unutterable shame.” — Abbott to parliament in 2005. [specific citation needed] –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“If people are going to do things which have certain consequences that they would rather avoid, they should do whatever they need to avoid the consequences” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“As the Commonwealth government progressively tackled issues that were its responsibility, voters increasingly expected it to address problems that were the responsibility of the states” — ‘Battlelines’ P25 (Liberal loss in 2007) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“An emissions trading scheme or carbon tax is a very artificial market, Leigh. What we’re going to do is use incentives, not penalties.” — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“I see myself as a social conservative, but I think that there are lots of social institutions that produce beneficial reforms, like public hospitals, for instance, and schools” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“We had intervention in Iraq. I supported it, but a lot of people would question its wisdom and its outcomes. “ — Tony Abbott on 7:30 Report (02/09/2013) –  ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)

 

“Tony Abbott says “For me, the message was that God preferred big-hearted people who might sometimes make mistakes rather than robotic rule worshipers. In the hands of the Jesuits, to be Catholic meant to ‘have life and have it to the full’. They seemed to have worked out that fire and brimstone was more likely to cut off people from the church than to frighten them into better behaviour. Their message was that you can’t condone sin, but you can usually understand why it happens” — ‘Battlelines’ P10 (Religion) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The Commonwealth has become increasingly responsible for all health services not provided to public patients in public hospitals.  Even the public hospital systems have come to be about half funded by the Commonwealth, in return for the states continuing to provide free treatment to public patients in public hospitals.  The Commonwealth has also funded the states’ population health services such as immunisation” — ‘Battlelines’ P135 (improving Hospitals) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“It is often thought of America in its dealing with the wider world, that its knowledge is scant, its attention span short, its judgment flawed and its actions frequently counter-productive. What can’t be questioned is Americans’ collective desire to be a force for good” — ‘Battlelines’ P159 (Foreign Affairs) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Instead, at my instigation, the Howard government had introduced a new help line to give more support to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. It seemed to be the best way to nudge the abortion rate down without affecting women’s right to choose” — ‘Battlelines’ P181 (Reducing Abortion rates) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“In the end, the fundamental job of government is to run a good economy” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“[Australia] … will have been bigger fires, extensive floods and more ferocious storms because records are always being broken” — ‘Battlelines’ P154 (Come 2020, I’m confident that) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The climate change argument is absolute crap, however the politics are tough for us because 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.” — Tony Abbott February 2nd 2010 7.30 Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation –  Abbottisms Website

 

“The global financial crisis will make the quest for lower, simpler taxes more urgent, not less.  There will be more toll roads, more congestion charges, more user pays services and more contributions in the future” — ‘Battlelines’ P155 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The government went a little bit too far with some sections of this legislation, we accepted that even in government” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Another big problem with any Australian emissions reduction scheme is that it would not make a material difference to atmospheric carbon concentrations unless the big international polluters had similar schemes” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 1 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I’m not running for canonisation.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“As a Journalist in the 1980, I had attacked multiculturalism for eroding Australia’s distinctive identity. In fact, along with other contemporary critics, I had made the mistake of underestimating the gravitational pull of the Australian way of life. I was too defensive about western values, which have turned out to have near-universal appeal” — ‘Battlelines’ P162 (Multiculturalism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Kevin Rudd said he would work with the states for 18 months, then proceed to take over public hospitals if their performance didn’t improve.  The commitment generated much support, even though it is highly unlikely ever to be carried out and now seems to have been abandoned” — ‘Battlelines’ P122 (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“It would be folly to expect that women would ever approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, their abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”” — Tony Abbott 1979 Four Corners –  Abbottisms Website

 

“Without a substantial measure of local autonomy and the consequent sense of local ‘ownership’, public hospitals are unlikely to regain the team spirit that they need to function at their best.  Because there will be no serious revival of morale among hospital staff without these changes, this should continue to be Liberal Party policy” — ‘Battlelines’ P138 (improving Hospitals) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Let’s not forget what Kevin Rudd has done is not just roll back WorkChoices, Kevin Rudd has rolled back the industrial reforms of the Keating government” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Remove the Rudd Government’s Baby Bonus means test which saves only 3% of the total program spending but which has turned this payment from a recognition of the cost of motherhood into a welfare payment” — ‘Battlelines’ P104 (Middle Class Welfare) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“They underestimate the sense of mastery that many people gain from their car. The humblest person is a king in his own car….For people whose lives otherwise run largely at the beck and call of others, that’s no small freedom” — ‘Battlelines’ P174 (Improving Transport System) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The poor will always be with us.” — Quoted in “Bible bashing the homeless, Abbott style “in response to whether a government under his direction would continue with the Rudd government’s goal of halving homelessness by 2020″ in the Brisbane Times, (30 June 2010) –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“I’m not saying that people on welfare don’t contribute in their own way, but as many as possible should be encouraged to be economically active as well as socially and culturally active.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 3/3)

 

“I try to treat people as people and not put them in pigeonholes” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 2/3)

 

“as John Howard once quipped, ‘a conservative is someone who doesn’t think he is morally superior to his grandfather” — ‘Battlelines’ P21 (Conservativism) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I instinctively try to protect people from filth.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“She certainly didn’t deserve to be jailed for what was a political rather than a criminal scam” — ‘Battlelines’ P51 (One Nation) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“More use should be made of systems for assessing degrees of impairment and then expecting more of a disability pensioner with a bad back, for instance, than one who’s a paraplegic” — ‘Battlelines’ P90 (Welfare Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Joe has had a pretty tough few days. I want to pay tribute to Joe who I think has really tried hard to play healer” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“As the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann has instructively remarked, if we can’t predict the weather a week in advance and can’t accurately forecast next year’s budget deficit, how can we be so sure about climate and its economic consequences in 100 years time?” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change. [...] I mean, I just think that the science is highly contentious, to say the least” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“According to Howard at the time, policy should meet three criteria: does it strengthen the family, give individuals more incentive and hope, and give preference to private over government enterprise?” — ‘Battlelines’ P41 (Guiding Liberal Policies) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The states have long provided free dental services to pensioners or other low-income people who choose to use them.  In 2007, there were said to be 650,000 people on public dental waiting lists around Australia.  Because dental treatment is hard to access or hard to afford, about a third of country people and more than a fifth of city people have ‘untreated decay’ according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare” — ‘Battlelines’ P143 (Better Dental Health) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“What political leaders ought to know is what to try to preserve, what to change and how change should be brought about.  Australia’s natural advantages and human accomplishments should make our future secure and bright” — ‘Battlelines’ P153 (Australia’s Future Direction) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“I am not being negative, I am simply being factual when I say Kevin Rudd is the best friend the people smugglers have ever had” — Tony Abbott 28 June 2013 –  Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)

 

“Shit happens” — Tony Abbott, On the death of an Australian soldier –  16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister

 

“The fact that we have had if anything cooling global temperatures over the last decade, not withstanding continued dramatic increases of carbon dioxide emissions, suggests the role of CO2 is not nearly as clear as the climate catastrophists suggest” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 29 July 2009 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“Sydney for instance, should fill the gas between the CBD and the M4 at Strathfield, the expressway at Hornsby and the M2, and the M5 and the expressway at Heatcote” — ‘Battlelines’ P175 (Improving Transport System) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“In a sense, the former government was a victim of its own success….voters inevitably took good times for granted. People with no memories of strikes weren’t scared of unions. People with no experience of unemployment didn’t see why further economic reform was necessary” — ‘Battlelines’ P25 (Liberal loss in 2007) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Giving everyone over a certain age the pension (as was briefly the case for those over seventy-five under the Whitlam government) could ultimately mean a simpler and therefore a fairer system” — ‘Battlelines’ P109 (Retirement Age) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If, as Australians seem to want, the national government is to resolve problems that the states can’t handle, the simplest way is for a constitutional amendment to provide that the Commonwealth parliament can make laws generally for the peace, order and good government of the country” — ‘Battlelines’  (State–Commonwealth Blame Game) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“If there is a pandemic, international travel will almost cease I suspect for a significant period of time” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“Climate change is crap” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“…conservative side of politics normally has to overcome the popular impression that the Labor Party believes in fairness while the Liberal Party just believes in good economic management. In my experience, the Liberals are hardly less passionate about fairness than members of the Labor Party.  The key difference is Liberals’ instinctive sense that a wealthier society is more likely to be fair than a poorer one.” .. Wealth creation means that there can be for everyone rather than an ugly fight to take away what some people already have” — ‘Battlelines’ P81 (Fairness) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“The Australian people need to understand that each and every interest rate rise over the next 12 months is due to the irresponsible spending spree of the Rudd government” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Even if they are adding to climatic extremes, humanity may be able to cope with only modest adjustments” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“Every day the Prime Minister stands in this parliament to defend this Speaker will be another day of shame for this parliament and another day of shame for a government which should have already died of shame.” — Tony Abbott October 9th 2012 Australian Parliament: Hansard –  Abbottisms Website

 

“I’m a politician. I’m not going to get into a whole range of scientific argument with scientists” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“There may even have been a slight decrease in global temperatures (the measurement data differs on this point) over the past decade despite continued large increases in emissions associated with the rapid economic growth of China and India.” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“What I would like to see is sufficiently good education and health services being delivered to Aboriginal people so that they are prepared and ready to leave and join the economic mainstream if that’s their choice.” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“The problem with health ‘reform’ proposals is that they usually propose to fix one problem by tacking another. Because public hospital problems are allegedly caused by inadequate services outside hospitals, health ‘reform’ ends up proposing to tinker with private medical practice rather than deal with over-stressed hospitals. … By contrast, the re-establishment of hospital …means local that local doctors and nurses may have reasonable access to to someone who might actually be able to address their problem” — ‘Battlelines’ P141 (Health Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“Most of the people who are coming to Australia by boat have passed through several countries on the way, and if they simply wanted asylum they could have claimed that in any of the countries through which they’d passed” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 1/3)

 

“We can’t conclusively say whether man-made carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to climate change” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 27 July 2007 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“Obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope – no more than hope, no more than hope – that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft.” — About Malaysia Airlines MH370, quoted on BBC News, “Malaysia flight MH370: New data ‘shows possible debris'”, March 23, 2014. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“I cannot promise victory, it will obviously be very tough, but I can promise a contest. It will be a good contest, it will be a clean contest. I know my colleagues are gearing up for the fight of their lives” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“Whether carbon dioxide is quite the environmental villain that some people make it out to be is not yet proven.” — Tony Abbott (On Climate Change), 15 March 2011 –  Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

 

“I really meant it when I said in recent days that my admiration for Malcolm has grown. He has shone in adversity” — Tony Abbott (2009) –  Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)

 

“The attitude so brilliantly satirised in Michael Costa’s refrain ‘ I’m fat, ugly and stupid. What’s the government going to do about it?’ should become less prevalent” — ‘Battlelines’ P156 (Economic Reform) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“These days, people typically marry their or fourth love at about age thirty and live to about eighty. It’s not realistic to expect most young adults in this hyper-sexualised age to live chastely for many years outside marriage” — ‘Battlelines’ P176 (Importance of Family) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

 

“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up.” — Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, “Abbott accused of being ‘incredibly old-fashioned’ as he lets off steam”, February 9, 2010. –  Tony Abbott (WikiQuotes)

 

“The best way of ensuring that you don’t get infected with something like this, in the absence of an effective vaccine, would be isolation” — Tony Abbott –  Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)

 

“One way to pay for universal benefits for dependent children might be to further and more quickly raise the age of pension eligibility. ..eligibility for the old age pension at sixty-five was introduced in the early 1900’s when life expectancy at birth was under sixty. Today life expectancy at birth is over eighty” — ‘Battlelines’ P106 (Retirement Age) –  Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’

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Tony Abbott (Brainyquote 3/3)
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Abbottisms Website
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Tony Abbott (ThinkExist)
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Daily Telegraph (Quotes Since Becoming Opposition Leader – 1st December 2009)
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Highlights from Tony Abbott’s book ‘Battlelines’
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Australian Times (K Rudd and T Abbott Quotes)
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Turn Left 2013 – 24 Tony Abbott Quotes
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Tony Abbott’s Quotes 2013
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Tony Abbott Quotes
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Tony Abbott Quotes
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16 Quotes From Tony Abbott to Remind You Why He Shouldn’t Be Prime Minister
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Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott
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ABC 7:30 Report Interview Transcript (2/9/2013)
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Tony Abbott on Insiders (31/8/13)

 

Quotes on Teams and Teambuilding

Various Quotes on teams and team-building drawn from all over the web (source acknowledgements provided).  Visit these sites for other quotes and to support the authors.

“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” — Japanese proverb –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“It is amazing how much people get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.” — Swahili proverb –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.” — Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr. –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“No man is wise enough by himself.” — Plautus –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” — Stephen Covey –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” — Lewis B. Ergen –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbor –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we'; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” — Peter Drucker –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” — Michael Jordan –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Anon. –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Teams share the burden and divide the grief.” — Doug Smith –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.” — Vince Lombardi –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others.” — Norman S Hidle –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“The greatest danger a team faces isn’t that it won’t become successful, but that it will, and then cease to improve.” — Mark Sanborn –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” — Babe Ruth –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.” — W. Edward Deming –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” — Casey Stengel –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” — Brian Tracy –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“The basic building block of good teambuilding is for a leader to promote the feeling that every human being is unique and adds value.” — Anon. –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” — Althea Gibson –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Teamplayer: Once who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust.” — Dennis Kinlaw –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Light is the task where many share the toil.” — Homer –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.” — Lee Iacocca –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“T.E.A.M = Together everyone achieves more.” — Anon. –  “30 Top Team Building Quotes” – Leadership with You

 

“Michael, if you can’t pass, you can’t play.” — 0 –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” — Lewis B. Ergen –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“A championship team is a team of champions.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.” — Lee Iacocca –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.” — W. Edward Deming –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” — Babe Ruth –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“We are most effective as a team when we compliment each other without embarrassment and disagree without fear.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is also a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken!” — Bonnie Edelstein –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.” — Swahili proverb –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make a team.” — Buchholz and Roth –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“If you don’t kick things around with people, you are out of it. Nobody, I always say, can be anybody without somebody being around.” — John Wheeler –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” — Joe Paterno –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.” — Alexis Carrel –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“The greatest danger a team faces isn’t that it won’t become successful, but that it will, and then cease to improve.” — Mark Sanborn –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” — Jason Kidd –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Teamwork doesn’t tolerate the inconvenience of distance.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“There is not I in Teamwork.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” — H.E. Luccock –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” — Doug Floyd –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Wild ducks make a lot of noise, but they also have the sense to benefit from occasionally flying in formation.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Teamwork divides the task and double the success.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” — Mother Teresa –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams.” — Anon. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.” — Petronii Arbitri Satyricon –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.” — William B. Given, Jr. –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” — Casey Stengel –  “Team Building Quotes” – Wilderdom

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” — Mia Hamm –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” — John C. Maxwell –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.” — Mike Krzyzewski –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” — Tony Dungy –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.” — Michael Jordan –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.” — Stephen Covey –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” — Lionel Messi –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.” — Theodore Roosevelt –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.” — Frank Zappa –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.” — Russel Honore –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“A lot of people, when a guy scores a lot of goals, think, ‘He’s a great player’, because a goal is very important, but a great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders.” — Pele –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“I’m busy working on every aspect of my game – defense, shooting, rebounding – but I really want to become a better overall team player. Help my teammates become better players out on the court in order to win more ball games.” — Kevin Durant –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“A good team, like a good show, comes into being when the separate individuals working together create, in essence, another separate higher entity – the team – the show – which is better than any of those individuals can ever be on their own.” — Gary David Goldberg –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” — John Wooden –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.” — Mickey Mantle –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” — Casey Stengel –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” — Lee Iacocca –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?” — Jim Bouton –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“A team will always appreciate a great individual if he’s willing to sacrifice for the group.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“You can’t just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again.” — Mia Hamm –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual… and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.” — Wayne Gretzky –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” — Benjamin Franklin Fairless –  “Team Quotes” Brainyquote

 

“Either we’re a team or we aren’t. Either you trust me or you don’t.” — Ally Carter –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“Other crack teams get bat boomerangs and wall-climbing powers; we get Aquatruck.” — Cassandra Clare –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“The team with the best players wins.” — Jack Welch –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“A team is a team.” — Jamal Lewis –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“Coaching 101: First you build the team, and then you build the torture chamber for underperformers.” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.” — John C. Maxwell –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“A team will always appreciate a great individual if he’s willing to sacrifice for the group.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“No matter the disappointment, you simply cannot divorce your favorite team.” — Kevin Walker –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” — Mia Hamm –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“There is no “i” in team but there is in win.” — Michael Jordan –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.” — Orson Scott Card –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.” — Tahir Shah –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“Spend sixteen weeks in the jungle and you being to question your own sanity, especially when you are the one goading everyone else ahead.” — Tahir Shah –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“On a hard jungle journey nothing is so important as having a team you can trust.” — Tahir Shah –  “Team-Building Quotes” – Quotestree

 

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” — H.E. Luccock –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry.” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” — Margaret Carty –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Many hands make light work.” — John Heywood –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.” — Jin Kwon –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” — John Donne –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” — Virginia Burden –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” — Kenyan Proverb –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Team means Together Everyone Achieves More!” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder… [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words: “We believe in each other.”” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an “I” in “team.” It is the same “I” that appears three times in “responsibility.”” — Amber Harding –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Meade –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” — Henry Ford –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“Teamwork is essential – it allows you to blame someone else.” — Anon. –  “Team-Building Quotes” – TeambuildingLeader.com

 

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” — Anon. –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” — Michael Jordan –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” — Trenton Lee Stewart –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” — Patrick Lencioni –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“I love teamwork. I love the idea of everyone rallying together to help me win.” — Jarod Kintz –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” — Patrick Lencioni –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” — Chris Bradford –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” — Patrick Lencioni –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“It’s as simple as this. When people don’t unload their opinions and feel like they’ve been listened to, they won’t really get on board.” — Patrick Lencioni –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.” — Rensis Likert –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“We = power” — Lorii Myers –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” — Darryl F. Zanuck –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“It takes two flints to make a fire.” — Louisa May Alcott –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images.” — Adam S. McHugh –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“The best compliment for a man is to be treated like a true leader; one who is real, correct and righteous in his approach, attitude, temperament, behavior and most importantly, character.” — Anuj Somany –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“As you can see marriage is about putting away selfishness and taking on the concept of teamwork.” — Jim George –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“The best part about teamwork, is me collecting all the prize money. Hey, that’s what captains are for, right?” — Jarod Kintz –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Real-time action of the leaders inspires the followers and the support-seeking word of the followers motivates the leaders.” — Anuj Somany –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“With teamwork, any little contribution you make yields greater output when it meets the contribution of others, and guess who gets the plus? Everyone in the team!” — Israelmore Ayivor –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“We’re a team. It’s part of our job to help each other out, and to forgive each other quickly. Otherwise, we’d never get anything done.” — Jeramey Kraatz –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Everyone was important during the war. Everyone. We worked together and we won.” — Sara Sheridan, –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Teamwork: Easier Said than Done” — Nauman Faridi –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Every organisation, not just business, needs 1 core competence: Tactical execution” — Tony Dovale –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“Time doesn’t conceal anything, it tells the future what you did in the past, so prepare well in order to score extra marks.” — Michael Bassey Johnson –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“You will shape up and get better… But you’ll always have others to rely on as well. It’s the fact that we’re not each a detective going solo. We’re together. The unique talents of our friends fill in where we lack. There’s nothing wrong with that.” — Anon. –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

“A champion, he said, wins a World Series or an Olympic and is hoisted on the shoulders of teammates and fans. A hero carries the people on his shoulders. Champions live for the moment- heroes, like Jackie Robinson, transcend time.” — Sharon Robinson –  “Teamwork Quotes” – GoodReads

 

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Coups, Rebellions and Uprisings in Thailand Since 1902

Like many people I’ve been watching the events of last couple of days events in Thailand since the declaration of martial law on 20th May.  I’ve also been reading many back stories about the number of Coups or similar events.  I’ve been a little bemused on the actual number of these events, mainly due to the difference in data that is reported by various outlets.

Some say 18 previous coups, and some say 12 successful and 8 unsuccessful.  Others report 15 and some report less.  For something as significant as an attempt to change the government, it’s a bit odd that a common and repeatable count cannot be reached.

“Often, when somebody asks “how many coups have there been in Thailand?”, the final number that is cited is 18 but I fear that this may be a product of force of habit rather than hard number crunching.”  Nicholas Farrelly in “New Mandala” – (see Acknowledgements and the Reference tables later in this article)

So I’ve been doing some digging, researching on both English Language and Thai  Language websites and other reference materials.

Summary

In summary I’ve found a lot more events than the numbers that are usually published.

Overall, I’ve found evidence of Thirty-Eight (38) Coups, Rebellions, Popular Uprisings or Regicides since the beginning of the 20th Century.  Consisting of:

  • Twenty-Two (22) successful events that resulted in removal or change of government or ruler brought about abruptly and outside the democratic process, either by force of arms, or from military pressure in the background, all since the Siamese Revolution of 1932. (including the current one).
  • Thirteen (13) unsuccessful attempts over the same period.
  • Three (3) unsuccessful attempts since the beginning of the 20th Century but before the Siamese Revolution.

This would indicate, if correct, that the current “Two-Step” Coup of 2014 is the 22nd successful coup since Democracy + Constitutional Monarchy was established in 1932.

It could also be considered the 35th Coup event.

Acknowledgements

Although the research cascaded out into many different areas, the two initial sources were:

  1. Counting Thailand’s coups” by Nicholas Farrelly (8th March 2011), including several useful comments to this post.  See below in the “References” table for refs #(5), (1), (2), and (3)
  2. History of coups and rebellions In Thailand” – Author unknown.   This is my Ref #(27)
  3. Kevin Hewison for coining the term ‘“Two Step” Coup’ in an email dialog regarding the first version of this article.

The second source is a website in Thai language, and I’ve had to rely on both my very juvenile thai reading skills, and the fractured results produced by Google Translate.  I’ve taken a pretty conservative approach to events for which no other source is available, but any errors contained in sections for which Ref #(27) is the only source, are most likely mine alone.

Definitions

The first thing I found, and which may go some way to answering the question of repeat-ability or reliability of the counts, is that there are some important but subtle differences in the type of event:

  1. Coup: this is the classic “Coup d’état”, an action by the military or security forces of a country, aimed at removing the government in power by force, and replacing it with another.  In discussions on Thai political history, a Coup is by definition successful.  An attempted coup may be described as such, but it is more usually called a “rebellion”
  2. Rebellion: as above, an attempt to remove the government of the day, but which has failed.
  3. Revolution: the overthrow of the basic and fundamental nature of the government.  In the case of Thailand this was the overthrow of the absolute Monarchy in 1932, and replacement with Constitutional Monarchy.
  4. Popular Uprising: a change of government that has in the main been triggered by the demonstrations (violent or non-violent) of ordinary citizens.  These are only listed if they have been successful
  5. Silent Coup: a change of government that occurs due to behind-the-scenes pressure or manouvering, typically but not exclusively by the military.
  6. Self Coup: an abrupt change of government brought about by one or more members of the government, usually so that the people taking the action can re-form a government radically different to the current one
  7. Judicial Coup: an abrupt change of government brought about by the judiciary

These definitions are reasonably consistent over multiple sources that I’ve researched.

So with 7 different types of event, and no standardised definitions, it’s not surprising that the counts vary from report to report.

Summary of Events

In total there have been 38 separate events involving an attempt to change the Government of Thailand in one way or another, since the start of the 20th Century.

The table below summarises the different types of events

Type
Count
coup 12
judicial coup 1
popular uprising 2
rebellion 16
regicide 1
self-coup 2
silent coup 4
Grand Total
38

 

If we look at all the “coup” subtypes, then we get a total of 19 coups, all since the Siamese Revolution in 1932.

That’s 19 actual, successful changes of government since 1932.

Add to this the 2 popular uprisings and the regicide, and we end up with 22.

That’s 22 successful changes of government or ruler brought about abruptly and outside the democratic process, either by force of arms, or from military pressure in the background.

On the flip side, there have been 13 unsuccessful attempts over the same period.

Event Table

The table below lists each of these events.

Note: Most modern counts of the “number of coups” start with (and include) the 1932 overthrow of the Absolute Monarchy.  However I included the 3 that precede this major milestone just to give some idea that these types of events have been a fairly consistent part of the Thai political landscape for some time.

 

Title Type Date
Hmong / Christian Rebellion 1902 Rebellion 1902
Palace Revolt of 1912 Rebellion 1912
Coup (attempt) of 1917 Rebellion 1917
Siamese revolution of 1932 Revolution 24/06/1932
“Silent Coup” of 1933 silent coup 1/04/1933
Coup of 1933 coup 20/06/1933
Bovoradej rebellion 1933 rebellion 11/10/1933
Naisip Rebellion (Rebellion of the Sergeants) 1935 rebellion 3/08/1935
Songsuradet Rebellion 1939 (Rebellion of 18 corpses) rebellion 29/01/1939
Coup of 1944 coup 1/07/1944
Death of King Ananda Mahidol regicide 9-Jun-46
Coup d’état of 1947 coup 8/11/1947
Separatist Rebellion 1948 rebellion 28/02/1948
Coup (attempt) of 1948 coup 6/04/1948
Army General Staff Plot 1948 rebellion 1/10/1948
Palace Rebellion of 1949 rebellion 26/06/1949
Manhattan Coup (attempt) of 1951 rebellion 29/06/1951
“Radio Coup” of 1951 coup 29/11/1951
Attempted coup of 1954 rebellion 8/11/1954
Coup of 1957 coup 16/09/1957
Coup of 1958 coup 20/10/1958
Thai 1964 Rebellion rebellion 1964
Hmong/Northern rebellion 1967 rebellion 1967
Coup of 1971 self-coup 17/11/1971
1973 Thai popular uprising popular uprising 14/10/1973
Silent Coup of 1976 silent coup 1976
Coup of 1976 coup 6/10/1976
March 1977 Thai coup d’état rebellion 26/03/1977
October 1977 Thai coup d’état coup 20/10/1977
Silent Coup of 1980 silent coup 1980
“Young Turks” Coup Attempt of 1981 rebellion 1/04/1981
Coup (attempt) of 1985 rebellion 9/09/1985
Coup of 1991 coup 23/02/1991
Black May (1992) popular uprising 17/05/1992
Coup of 2006 coup 19/09/2006
“Silent Coup” or “Judicial Coup” of 2008 silent coup 15/12/2008
“Self-Coup” of 2010 (Savage May) self-coup 30/04/2010
“Judicial Coup” of May 2014 judicial coup 7/05/2014
“Two-Step” Coup of May 2014 coup  20/05/2014

 

Event Details

1902: Hmong / Christian Rebellion 1902

“The 1902 Shan Rebellion was contained, after the sacking of Phrae, by the prompt action of Leonowens who was based in Lampang, of Lyle who galloped from Nan where he was Honorary British Consul, and of Captain Jensen, seconded from the Danish army to the Thai Gendamerie. They stopped the attack on Lampang and persuaded most of the rebels to lay down their arms. Jensen was killed at Phayao while pursuing the remnants of the rebel force.”

Reference: (29)

1912: Palace Revolt of 1912

“The Palace Revolt of 1912 (Thai: กบฏ ร.ศ. 130) was a failed uprising against the absolute monarchy of Siam. Discontentment from the Army during the reign of King Vajiravudh (or King Rama VI) led to an unsuccessful coup.”

Reference: (17)

1917: Coup (attempt) of 1917

Aborted: Few details seem to exist.

Reference: (5)

24/06/1932: Siamese revolution of 1932

“A group of civilian and military aristocrats calling themselves the People’s Party overthrew the absolute monarchy and established a quasi-parliamentary constitution in Thailand on the 24of June, 1932.
The revolution ended 150 years of absolutism under the Chakri Dynasty and almost 700 years of absolute rule of Kings over Thai history.”

Reference: (19),(27)

01/04/1933: “Silent Coup” of 1933

Phraya Manopakorn Nititada (July 15, 1884 – October 1, 1948) was the first Prime Minister of Siam after the Siamese Revolution of 1932 as he was selected by the leader of the People’s Party – the party that instigated the revolution.

Phraya Mano rallied those who opposed the socialist plan of Pridi including Phraya Songsuradet and dissolve his own cabinet to try and oust Pridi, who had great support within the People’s Party. In order to regain some stability and silence domestic critics, Phraya Manopakorn had some articles within the constitution suspended. Manopakorn barred the People’s Assembly from any further meetings and the judiciary was shut down. Pridi was forced to flee to France.

It was said that Manopakorn led the coup with his pen, this event is known in Thailand as the April 1933 Coup (or the Silent Coup). Phraya Manopakorn then approved the Anti-Communist Act, which allowed him powers to arrest those in society suspected of having communist sentiments (the entire Central Committee of the Communist Party of Siam was arrested and imprisoned).

Reference: (30),(27)

20/06/1933: Coup of 1933

The Siamese Coup d’état of June 1933 was considered the first time in Thai history that the Military has successfully overthrown the Constitutional Government. The actual coup took place peacefully on 20 June 1933 in Bangkok.

The coup d’état happened on 20 June, led by Phraya Pahol and other military leaders. Phraya Manopakorn was immediately removed as Prime Minister. Phraya Phahol appointed himself the country’s second Prime Minister and took over the Government, King Pradhipok duly accepted his appointment. Manopakorn was then exiled to Penang, British Malaya, by train and spent the rest of his life there until his death in 1948, aged 64.

Reference: (30),(27)

11/10/1933: Bovoradej rebellion 1933

“A royalist reaction came in late 1933 when Prince Bovoradej, a grandson of Mongkut and one-time Minister of Defence, led an armed revolt against the government. He mobilised various provincial garrisons and marched on Bangkok, capturing the Don Muang aerodome along the way. The Prince accused the government of disrespecting the King and promoting communism, and he demanded that the government leaders resign. He had hoped that some of the garrisons in the Bangkok area would join the revolt, but they remained loyal to the government. Meanwhile, the navy declared itself neutral and left for its bases in the south. After heavy fighting in the northern outskirts of Bangkok, the royalists were finally defeated and Prince Bovoradej left for exile in Indochina.”

Reference: (14), (2)

03/08/1935: Naisip Rebellion (Rebellion of the Sergeants) 1935

On August 3rd 1935, non-commissioned officers in the various army battalions murdered an officer in an attempt to take a hostage and seize control of Defense Department Headquarters.
The rebellion was planned to take place at 3pm on August the 5th, after the abdication of King Prajadhipok (Rama 7), but took place earlier than planned.

The chief rebels were later executed after a trial.

Reference: (24),(27)

29/01/1939: Songsuradet Rebellion 1939 (Rebellion of 18 corpses)

The Songsuradet Rebellion (also known as the Rebellion of 18 corpses) was an important Thai historical event in 1939. Phraya Songsuradet actually did not instigate the rebellion or coup in any way yet it was named after him. The coup was in truth carried out by Luang Phibulsonggram or Phibul on 29 January 1939 to purge the country of his political enemies and former rivals (one of them just happened to be Songsuradet).

The roots of the rebellion began during the Coup d’état of June 1933, when Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena ousted Phraya Manopakorn Nititada and replace him as Prime Minister. Phraya Songsuradet a supporter of Phraya Mano and many of his companions were barred from politics for life by the new premier. Songsuradet went on exile in Sri Lanka for 2 years.

During before and after the coup conflicts arose between Songsuradet and Phibulsonggram, who were both Ministers of State and members of the People’s Committee.

In 1938 Songsuradet, by then having retired from politics for 5 years (but not yet from the Army) was Commander of the Military School in Chiang Mai.

On the 16 December he was commanding a military exercise (practiced by his students) in Ratchaburi Province, west of the capital. On that date he received orders from Bangkok relinquishing his command of all units, stripping him of all his ranks and titles and forcing him to retire from the army without pension and his expulsion from the country. Under fear of death Songsuradet complied and with his Aide-de-camp Captain Samruad Kanjonsit escaped to Cambodia.

The ‘rebellion’ however did not end there, in the early hours of the morning on the 29 January 1939 Phibul, with the help of his Minister of the Interior and Director of the Royal Thai Police, ordered the arrest of a further 51 ‘suspects’ (suspected of being sympathizers of Songsuradet). The persons arrested included inter alia Prince Ragsit, Prince of Chainat (a son of King Chulalongkorn), General Phraya Thepahatsadin (a 62 year old former Commander of the Siamese Expeditionary Force during the First World War) and Phraya Udom Pongphensawad (former Minister of State). Many others were former politicians such as members of the People’s Assembly and many were military officers and aristocrats. A further 20 ‘suspects’ were arrested by the end of the day including one of Phibul’s own servant.

A special Tribunal was created by Phibul to try those involved in the so-called ‘rebellion’ and the assassination attempts on Phibul’s life. 7 were released under lack of evidence, 25 were imprisoned for life and 21 were to be executed by firing squad. However 3 were pardoned, due to their honorable records and services to the nation, the 3 included Prince Rangsit and Phraya Thepahatsadin, who were instead imprisoned for life. The other 18, however did not share that fate, they were incarcerated at Bang Kwang Central Prison.

Eventually they were executed by firing squad in installments of four prisoners a day.

When Luang Phibulsonggram succeeded Phraya Phahon as Prime Minister of Thailand on the 11 September 1938, there were many resistance to his premiership based on his dictatorial style and cronyism. This coupled with his role in suppressing the Boworadet Rebellion; resulted in three assassination attempt: 2 by gunmen and 1 by poisoning.

The military, now led by Major General Phibun as Defence Minister, and the civilian liberals led by Pridi as Foreign Minister, worked together harmoniously for several years, but when Phibun became prime minister in December 1938 this co-operation broke down, and military domination became more overt. Phibun was an admirer of Benito Mussolini, and his regime soon developed some fascist characteristics. In early 1939 forty political opponents, both monarchists and democrats, were arrested, and after rigged trials eighteen were executed, the first political executions in Siam in over a century. Many others, among them Prince Damrong and Phraya Songsuradej, were exiled. Phibun launched a demagogic campaign against the Chinese business class. Chinese schools and newspapers were closed, and taxes on Chinese businesses increased.

Reference: (21),(5)

01/07/1944: Coup of 1944

By 1944 it was evident that the Japanese were going to lose the war, and their behaviour in Thailand had become increasingly arrogant. Bangkok also suffered heavily from Allied Strategic bombing. This, coupled with the economic hardship caused by the loss of Thailand’s rice export markets, made both the war and Phibun’s regime very unpopular. In July 1944 Phibun was ousted by the Seri Thai-infiltrated government. The National Assembly reconvened and appointed the liberal lawyer Khuang Aphaiwong as Prime Minister.

The new government hastily evacuated the British territories that Phibun had occupied and surreptitiously aided the Seri Thai movement, while at the same time maintaining ostensibly friendly relations with the Japanese.

Reference: (26)

09/06/1946: Death of King Ananda Mahidol

In December 1945, the young king Ananda Mahidol had returned to Siam from Europe, but in July 1946 he was found shot dead in his bed, under mysterious circumstances. Three palace servants were tried and executed for his murder, although there are significant doubts as to their guilt and the case remains both murky and a highly sensitive topic in Thailand today. The king was succeeded by his younger brother Bhumibol Adulyadej (the current King of Thailand).

Reference: (26)

08/11/1947: Coup d’état of 1947

The Siamese coup d’état of 1947 was a Thai coup d’état that happened on the evening of 7 November 1947, ending in the early hours of the morning on 8 November.

The coup ousted the government of Rear Admiral Thawan Thamrong Nawasawat, who was replaced by Khuang Aphaiwong as Prime Minister of Thailand. The coup was led by Lieutenant-General Phin Chunhawan and Colonel Kat Katsongkhram

Reference: (18),(27)

28/02/1948: Separatist Rebellion 1948

Separatist rebels on Feb. 28, 2491 attempted to arrest members of parliament in the North East. The action failed.

Reference: (27)

06/04/1948: Coup (attempt) of 1948

A military coup on November 8, 1948 forced the resignation of Prime Minister Aphaiwongse. Chom Phon Pibulsonggram was appointed Prime Minister

Reference: (27)

01/10/1948: Army General Staff Plot 1948

The Army General Staff Plot was a failed 1948 attempt to overthrow the Thai government of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.
The plotters were members of the Army General Staff, among whom were Lieutenant-General Chit Mansin Sinatyotharak, Pridi’s former supreme commander, and Major-General Net Khemayothin, a close associate of Phibun during the war and later a prominent Seri Thai member. They objected to the army’s increasingly corrupt and inefficient leadership, and hoped to reorganise and professionalise the military. Their plan called for the arrest of Phibun, top government officials, and leading army officers during a birthday party for Sarit Thanarat scheduled on October 1, 1948.

Although the plotters enjoyed widespread support within the General Staff, the Coup Group which had re-installed Phibun received advance notice of their plans. On September 21 General Phin Chunhawan recommended that the Ministry of Defence and other ministries carry out a purge of government officials. His suggestion was approved by the cabinet, and on October 1 the arrests of the coup plotters began. Before the week was over, more than fifty army and reservist and several prominent supporters of Pridi were arrested.

Reference: (12),(27)

26/06/1949: Palace Rebellion of 1949

Thailand’s 1949 Palace Rebellion was a failed coup attempt. The aims of its plotters were to overthrow the government of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram and to restore his main civilian rival Pridi Phanomyong to the Thai political scene.

Reference: (16),(27)

29/06/1951: Manhattan Coup (attempt) of 1951

At a ceremony for the official-handing over of the US dredge boat Manhattan to the Royal Thai Navy, a group of naval officers abducted Phibun and took him aboard the Navy’s flagship HTMS Sri Ayudhya, where he was held hostage.

Negotiations between the government and the coup organizers swiftly broke down, and violent street fighting between naval personnel and Royal Thai Army troops broke out in Bangkok. The Royal Thai Air Force bombed and sank the Sri Ayudhya despite Phibun being on board. The prime minister had to swim ashore along with the ship’s crew.

After losing their hostage, the sailors and marines who had participated in the coup were forced to surrender.

This event led to the Navy being stripped of most of its power and influence. It also showed that political power actually lay with commanders of the Armed Forces rather than the prime minister.

Reference: (15),(27)

29/11/1951: “Radio Coup” of 1951

Thailand’s Silent Coup of November 29, 1951, otherwise known as the Radio Coup, consolidated the military’s hold on the country.

It reinstated the 1932 constitution, which effectively eliminated the Senate, established a unicameral legislature composed equally of elected and government-appointed members, and allowed serving military officers to supplement their commands with important ministerial portfolios.

Reference: (20),(27)

08/11/1954: Attempted coup of 1954

In 1951, during the second premiership of dictatorial Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsonggram, Kulap set up the Peace Foundation of Thailand.

The following year, he protested against the Korean War. He also demanded the lifting of press censorship. When he went to distribute food and blankets to the needy in Northeast Thailand, he was among more than one hundred “agitators” arrested on 10 November 1952.

Accused of treason and sentenced to about 14 years in jail, he was freed in February 1957 to celebrate the advent of the 25th Buddhist century. During his years in jail, Kulap wrote the first two volumes of an unfinished trilogy Looking Ahead (Lae Pai Khang Na).

Reference: (27), (31)

16/09/1957: Coup of 1957

“At the end of his second term, suspicions of fraudulent practices during an election emerged. “The American-equipped Thai army played a major role in the coup d’état of September 1957, which enabled Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat to seize control of the government of Thailand (Siam).

The former Prime Minister Field Marshall Phibun Songkhram, the former Director-General of the Police Force General Phao Sriyanon were sent fleeing into exile and the political power in Thailand became concentrated in the hands of one man.

The United States was deeply involved in this sudden turn of events as American aid and influence had bolstered the political power exercised by each of these contenders.” (33)

Reference: (33),(6),(5)

20/10/1958: Coup of 1958

Military rule in Thailand was further strengthened when Marshal Sarit staged a coup in October 1958 by Field Marshal Sarit Dhanaraj, who had earlier sworn to be Phibun’s most loyal subordinate. Sarit was supported by many royalists who wanted to regain a foothold.

Reference: (7),(5),(27)

1964: Thai 1964 Rebellion

no further detail
Reference: (22)

1967: Hmong/Northern rebellion 1967

no further detail

Reference: (1)

17/11/1971: Coup of 1971

In November 1971, Thanom carried out a coup against his own government, thereby ending the three-year experiment in parliamentary democracy. The constitution was suspended, political parties were banned, and the military took full charge in suppressing opposition.

Reference: (5), (27)

14/10/1973: 1973 Thai popular uprising

The popular uprising of 14 October 1973 was a watershed event in Thailand’s history. The uprising resulted in the end of the ruling military dictatorship and altered the Thai political system. Notably, it highlighted the growing influence of Thai university students in politics.

On 6 October, Thirayuth Boonmee and ten other political activists were arrested for distributing leaflets in crowded places in Bangkok.

Further arrests of activists lead to demonstrations by students, which escalated in coming days until a riot involving approx 400,000 to 500,000 in armed clashes with police spun out of control.

By late morning on 14th October, there were acts of vandalism and violence by both sides as the situation spun out of control. The government brought in tanks, helicopters and infantrymen to support the police. More than a hundred student protesters were killed and many buildings in and around Rajdamnern Avenue were set on fire. The number of demonstrators quickly grew to more than 500,000, as other students and their sympathizers rallied to their defense. The soldiers finally withdrew in the evening, and about 7:15 pm His Majesty the King announced on television and radio that Thanom’s military government had resigned.

Violence continued on 15 October around the police headquarters, with students demanding that Thanome removed as head of the armed forces.[15] Only when it was announced that Thanom, Praphas, and Thanom’s son Colonel Narong Kittikachorn, who was also married to Praphas’ daughter, had fled the country did calm return to Bangkok. The end had come as quickly and unexpectedly as the violence had begun.

Reference: (8), (27)

1976: Silent Coup of 1976

The January 1975 elections failed to produce a stable party majority, and fresh elections in April 1976 produced the same result. The veteran politician Seni Pramoj and his brother Kukrit Pramoj alternated in power, but were unable to carry out a coherent reform programme.

These are referred to as “silent coups” because it is believed that pressure behind the scenes led to resignations.

Reference: (3)

06/10/1976: Coup of 1976

On October 6 as students were taking part in a sit-in, police attacked the students. Hundreds of students were tortured and killed, the constitution was suspended and the army seized power. Sanctioned by the King, the coup was led by Admiral Sangard chaloryu, 61, the recently-retired Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. A military junta took control of the government, declared martial law, annulled the constitution, banned political parties, and strictly censored the media.

Reference: (5), (27), (23)

26/03/1977: March 1977 Thai coup d’état

On March 26, 1977 a group of younger army officers with interest in political matters who called themselves the “Young Turks” tried to topple Thanin. These soldiers, from the 9th Infantry Division in Kanchanaburi Province, seized four landmark properties including the Army Operations Centre and the Army Public Relations Office.

The rebellion was suppressed.

Reference: (5), (27)

20/10/1977: October 1977 Thai coup d’état

On 20 October 1977, Admiral Sangad Chaloryu again seized power and pressed Thanin to resign. The military command justified their intervention with Thanin’s government having divided the country, having no public support, the economic situation having worsened and the population disagreeing with the long-term suspension of democracy. King Bhumibol immediately appointed Thanin to his Privy Council.

The army installed Thanin, an ultra-conservative former judge, as prime minister, and carried out a sweeping purge of the universities, the media and the civil service. Thousands of students, intellectuals and other leftists fled Bangkok and joined the Communist Party’s insurgent forces in the north and north-east.

Reference: (5), (27), (23)

1980: Silent Coup of 1980

Kriangsak resigned in February 1980 and was succeeded by General Prem Tinsulanonda. Although Kriangsak’s was reported as voluntary, it is believed that military pressure forced out the prime minister in a “silent coup”.

Prem took power and remained in control for 8 years.

Reference: (37), (5)

01/04/1981: “Young Turks” Coup Attempt of 1981

In April 1981 a clique of junior army officers popularly known as the “Young Turks” staged a coup attempt, taking control of Bangkok.

They dissolved the National Assembly and promised sweeping social changes. But their position quickly crumbled when Prem accompanied the royal family to Khorat.

With the King’s support for Prem made clear, loyalist units under the palace favourite General Arthit Kamlang-ek managed to recapture the capital in an almost bloodless counterattack.

Reference: (34)

09/09/1985: Coup (attempt) of 1985

On 9 September 1985, the Young Turks again unsuccessfully attempted to topple the government of General Prem, although Prem was abroad at the time. Led by Manoon and his brother, Wing Commander Manas Roopkachorn, he was supported by former Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan, former Supreme Commander General Serm Na Nakhon, former Army chief General Yos Thephasdin, former Air Force chief Marshall Krasae Satharat and former Air Force chief Marshall Arum Promthep.

The pre-dawn coup consisted of several hundred men and twenty-two tanks.
Within 10 hours, government troops led by General Chaovalit Yongchaiyuth quelled the bloody rebellion. There are 59 injuries, 5 casualties, 2 of them foreign journalists. Over 40 active and former military officers were arrested. Exiled pyramid scheme operator Ekkayuth Anchanbutr was widely cited as a financier of the coup, leading some to call the coup the “Share Rebellion”.

Reference: (35)

23/02/1991: Coup of 1991

Suchinda was a leader of the National Peace Keeping Council (NPKC), which conducted a coup d’etat that ousted the elected government of Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan on 23 February 1991. The NPKC installed former diplomat Anand Panyarachun as Prime Minister.

Reference: (38)

17/05/1992: Black May (1992)

Black May is a common name for the 17–20 May 1992 popular protest in Bangkok against the government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon and the bloody military crackdown that followed. Up to 200,000 people demonstrated in central Bangkok at the height of the protests.

The military crackdown resulted in 52 officially confirmed deaths, many disappearances, hundreds of injuries, and over 3,500 arrests. Many of those arrested allegedly were tortured.

Early on the afternoon of May 18th, Suchinda publicly accused Chamlong of fomenting violence and defended the government’s use of force. Shortly afterward, troops firing continuously in the air moved in to surround Chamlong. He was handcuffed and arrested.

After public Royal intervention, first by popular Crown Princess Sirindhorn, then by her brother, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the King himself called Suchinda and Chamlong to an audience in which the King demanded that the two men put an end to their confrontation and work together through parliamentary procedures.
Suchinda then released Chamlong and announced an amnesty for protesters. He also agreed to support an amendment requiring the prime minister to be elected. Chamlong asked the demonstrators to disperse, which they did.

On 24 May 1992, Suchinda resigned as Prime Minister of Thailand.

Reference: (13)

19/09/2006: Coup of 2006

The 2006 Thai coup d’état took place on Tuesday 19 September 2006, when the Royal Thai Army staged a coup d’état against the elected caretaker government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The coup d’état, which was Thailand’s first non-constitutional change of government in fifteen years, followed a year-long political crisis involving Thaksin, his allies and political opponents and occurred less than a month before nation-wide House elections were originally scheduled to be held. It has been widely reported in Thailand and elsewhere that General Prem Tinsulanonda, Chairman of the Privy Council, was the mastermind of the coup. The military cancelled the upcoming elections, abrogated the Constitution, dissolved Parliament and Constitutional Court, banned protests and all political activities, suppressed and censored the media, declared martial law nationwide, and arrested Cabinet members.

Reference: (9), (5)

15/12/2008: “Silent Coup” or “Judicial Coup” of 2008

Abhisit Vejjajiva, a 44-year-old Etonian, became prime minister on Monday 15/12/2008 after the army chief, General Anupong Paochinda, was widely reported to have encouraged or coerced MPs to support him.

Gen Anupong, who is responsible for airport security, did nothing to stop anti-Thaksin demonstrators who recently overran Bangkok’s airports, stranding 350,000 travellers. The protests ended when a court dissolved the ruling party and the former opposition then formed a new government with Gen Anupong’s very public approval.

Mr Thaksin’s supporters, in a group called the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) also known as the “red shirts”, believe that the army carried out a “silent coup” against the elected government.

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30/04/2010: “Self-Coup” of 2010 (Savage May)

On 3 May, Abhisit proposed to dissolve parliament on September an election on 14 November if the protesters were willing to stand down.[98] The following day Red-Shirt leaders expressed qualified support for the plan, but wanted more information about when parliament would be dissolved.[99][100] On the morning of 8 May, two policemen were killed and several bystanders were injured by a drive-by shooting near the Silom Financial district. Red-Shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn denied any involvement: “We are very sorry and we want to condemn the ones who were behind the attacks.”

Protesters demanded that Thailand’s deputy prime minister be arrested for causing the deaths of 25 protesters when troops were used against protests on 10 April.[102] The protesters refused to end the rally, and on 13 May, the offer of an election was withdrawn.

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07/05/2014: “Judicial Coup” of May 2014

On 7 May 2014, the Constitutional Court unanimously removed Yingluck and some ministers from office in consequence of the controversial transfer of a top security officer in 2011.

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20/05/2014: “Two Step” Coup of May 2014

On 20 May 2014, the Royal Thai Army declared martial law throughout the nation[37] and established a military command to resolve the situations. Two days later, the army staged a coup d’état against the caretaker government.

Note: acknowledgement is given to Kevin Hewison for coining the term ‘“Two Step” Coup’ in an email.

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