"America is built around this premise that you can do it, and there are an awful lot of people who are unlikely to have done it who did."
"Government shouldn’t tell you whom to marry."
"If Warren Buffett made his money from ordinary income rather than capital gains, his tax rate would be a lot higher than his secretary’s. In fact a very small percentage of people in this country pay a big chunk of taxes."
"I know how to make decisions and stand up to the criticism every day."
"I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven’t had any moral compass, who’ve just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they’re losers."
"My father worked all the time."
"Progress really is possible."
"Stubborn isn’t a word I would use to describe myself; pigheaded is more appropriate."
"Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody’s got to pay for them so they’re a necessary evil."
"There is no accountability today… no willingness to focus on big ideas."
"This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. It’s not morally right; it’s just not going to happen."
"To a contrarian like me, constant advice not to do something almost always starts me quickly down the risky, unpopular path."
"We can be certain that cities around the world will compete for the jobs that the next revival of the financial services industry will bring."
"We will go forward… we will never go back."
"When you come in to court as a plaintiff or as a defendant, it is terribly important that you look up at the bench and feel that that person represents you and will understand you, that that person is reflective of our community and of our society."
"You can’t sit there and worry about everything."
"You don’t make spending decisions, investment decisions, hiring decisions, or whether-you’re-going-to-look-for-a-job decisions when you don’t know what’s going to happen."