But I am an optimist about Britain; and the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is not that the optimist believes the world is wonderful and the pessimist believes it's beset by challenges; the difference is the pessimist believes we will be defeated by them; the optimist thinks the challenges can be overcome.

- Tony Blair

I would've loved to have been in a band, but sadly I just wasn't good enough.

- Tony Blair

If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you're weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life.

- Tony Blair

You know, one of the things I've learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it's tough.

- Tony Blair

Choice dependent on wealth; those are the Tory words.

- Tony Blair

In Downing Street they called me 'Boss'. Civil servants would always call me 'Prime Minister'.

- Tony Blair

In April 1991, after the Gulf war, Iraq was given 15 days to provide a full and final declaration of all its WMD.

- Tony Blair

You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that's healthy and indeed even creative. But it's where - it's really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky.

- Tony Blair

But as I always say to people I'm essentially a public service person.

- Tony Blair

In no relationship at the top of any walk of life is it always easy, least of all in politics which matters so much and which is conducted in such a piercing spotlight.

- Tony Blair