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" A good education is the most important gift we can give our young people. "
" The fact is Scottish Labour has lost its way. "
" Talent is really important in politics, but experience is also really important. "
" The U.K.'s debt belongs legally to Westminster, so Scotland, by definition, can't default on it. "
" I've got absolutely no desire or intention of damaging England. "
" I want there to be another independence referendum at some stage. I want Scotland to be independent, but I wouldn't choose to have it happen because England votes to come out of the E.U. "
" An independent Scotland could afford pensions full stop - after all, it is our taxes and national insurance contributions that fund them now. "
" Scotland is not a region of the U.K.; Scotland is a nation, and if we cannot protect our interests within a U.K. that is going to be changing fundamentally, then that right of Scotland to consider the options of independence has to be there. "
" Tax credits are designed to help people who work hard but who, through no fault of their own, don't earn enough to keep their families out of poverty. "
" I do struggle to identify an occasion when I was held back because I'm a woman... You don't think about it at the time, but looking back at it, of course. "
" My pledge to you is that the SNP will put women and gender equality right at the heart of the Westminster agenda. "
" Clearly, any issues about breaching of expenses rules should be properly investigated. "
" I hope nobody in England is afraid of the SNP - there is absolutely no need to be. "
" 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. "
" The fact that healthier lifestyles and advances in medicine mean that we are living longer is actually something to be celebrated. "
" The Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to get people into work. "
" Do I look like one of the most dangerous women in Britain? Come on! "
" I know you've got to earn people's trust, and you've got to earn it day after day after day. "
" I stand here today as the first woman first minister of our country. Every day I hold this office, I will work to ensure that every woman, every wee girl across this country, gets a chance to do what I've done and follow their dream. "
" I desperately want Scotland to be an independent country. I cannot, though, sit here and tell you definitively that it will happen, and that it will happen on this timescale, because I have to respect the opinion of the people of Scotland. "
" If you have a Tory government at Westminster that takes us out of Europe against our will, there may be people in Scotland who think, 'You know what, we might be better off independent.' "
" Most people would agree that the E.U. is too bureaucratic, not transparent or democratic enough and that it often interferes too much in matters that are best left to national governments. "
" Any politician or campaigner trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public won't get very far. "
" I am a believer in people succeeding on merit. "
" Parties that win elections should form the government, not parties that lose elections. "
" When I was growing up, I was lucky to benefit from a first class education. "
" I came into politics because of my opposition to what a Tory Government was doing to the community I grew up in. "
" My political awakening, if I can be as grand as to call it that, was all about what was happening around me. It wasn't some romantic, patriotic vision of Scotland going back to what it had been 300 years previously. "
" Politics is a very male-dominated, male-driven profession. I was not just a woman but a young woman, and I suppose you end up trying to behave in a way that you think is expected of you. "
" I consider myself a selfie specialist. "
" Glasgow is a great city. "