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All Quotes by author - Nicola Sturgeon
" A good education is the most important gift we can give our young people. "
" American companies based in Scotland employ large numbers of people - in fact, we are the best performing part of the U.K., outside London and the southeast of England when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment. "
" A minority government can't govern without support from other parties. "
" An independent Scotland could afford pensions full stop - after all, it is our taxes and national insurance contributions that fund them now. "
" An independent Scotland - like all countries - will face challenges, and we will have our ups and downs. But the decisions about how we use our wealth will be ours. "
" Any politician or campaigner trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public won't get very far. "
" As a veteran of many campaigns, I know how important it is not let up in the last few days. "
" As a young woman in politics, with few women around, you start to subconsciously behave like men in politics. That comes across as quite hard, tough and humorless, but you're trying to be taken seriously. "
" As First Minister, I will always act in the best interests of the country. As party leader, I will always act in the best interests of the party, and if that sometimes means taking difficult, unpalatable decisions, I will never shy away from that. "
" At these big set-piece events like the leaders' debates, that exterior of calm and serenity is nothing compared to what's going on inside most of the time. "
" A whole range of things are done to ensure services remain safe and sustainable because that is the absolute paramount duty of the health board. "
" Because of lower life expectancy in Scotland - something that we are working hard to improve - the average woman will get £11,000 less in pension payments than counterparts in the rest of the U.K., even though she will pay exactly the same in contributions. "
" Being a housewife is not important to me, but I'm never happier than when I come home and shut the door. "
" Clearly, any issues about breaching of expenses rules should be properly investigated. "
" Do I look like one of the most dangerous women in Britain? Come on! "
" Ed Balls has made it crystal clear that, left to its own devices, a Labour government would simply carry on with the same budget policies as the Tories. "
" English businesses would face massive transaction costs if Scotland, their second biggest export market, used a different currency. "
" Equality and prosperity shouldn't be seen as enemies of each other, but as partners. One reinforces the other. "
" For me, personally, it has been humbling since I became First Minister to speak to women and girls and have them tell me how much it means to them to have a woman in the top job in politics in Scotland. "
" For parents - women in particular - good quality, affordable childcare is vital. "
" For the Scottish government, the practice of having meetings in different parts of the country is well established, but for the U.K. government, it is a much rarer event. "
" Glasgow is a great city. "
" Governments in countries across the world have a duty to do everything possible to keep the public safe from terrorist attacks. "
" Haggis is delicious. It is wonderful. It's spicy, it's tasty, and you get vegetarian haggis as well. "
" I admire Obama. "
" I am a believer in people succeeding on merit. "
" I am a social democrat - I believe in pursuing greater equality and tackling social justice - but... you can't do that unless you have got a strong economy, unless you have got a vibrant business base earning the wealth that makes that possible. "
" I am privileged to count many Muslims among my friends - some are amongst my closest friends. "
" I am quite a shy person. You say that to people, and they say, 'You do interviews, speeches. How can you be shy?' But, fundamentally, I am. "
" I am quite driven. I know what I think, and I know what I want to achieve, but I also hope that people who are asked to describe me would describe me as pretty down-to-earth, loyal, friendly. The more experience I have got in politics, I think the more I have allowed me to shine through. "
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