China can and will be an invaluable trading partner to both the U.S. and the U.K.

Apartments are getting smaller on a whole. Houses are getting smaller. People don't need great big vacuums anymore.

I myself scraped seven poor passes at O-level.

We need to encourage investors to invest in high-technology startups.

I've fought court battles over my inventions before.

I'm afraid I am tidy, and I have to be because the office is open plan and my glass office door is literally always open.

The way the world is going, it's technology driven. And it isn't just driven by the old super powers, it's driven by the far east and new emerging economies.

We should learn to live more with our climate and rely less on electricity to alter our climate.

If robots are to clean our homes, they'll have to do it better than a person.

Children want the challenge of difficult tasks - just look how much better they are than their parents on a computer.

People buy products if they're better.

Don't listen to experts.

I imported the first Mac into England in 1984; you know, the beige box. I imported what I think were the first four that came into England. I never opened the instruction manual. That was the best thing about it.

If you really want to improve technology, if you want things to work better and be better, you've got to protect the person who spends a lot of effort, money, and time developing that new technology.

Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.

Business is constantly changing, constantly evolving.

The British judiciary needs to support intellectual property.

Nobody wants the expenditure of a lease on a factory which lasts 21 years. You can't plan 21 years ahead.

Reality TV is anything but.

Insurance companies don't make anything.

What I often do is just think of a completely obtuse thing to do, almost the wrong thing to do. That often works because you start a different approach, something no one has tried.

Fear is always a good motivator.

I hate science fiction.

So I think the winners in recession are the people who produce new technology that does things better, which people really want.

There's nothing wrong with things taking time.

We should have A-levels in vocational subjects.

The wonderful thing about Apple technology is just how intuitive it is.

When you can't compete on cost, compete on quality.

In the digital age of 'overnight' success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is easily overlooked.

Anger is a good motivator.

As an engineer I'm constantly spotting problems and plotting how to solve them.

An inventor's path is chorused with groans, riddled with fist-banging and punctuated by head scratches.

Life is a mountain of solvable problems, and I enjoy that.

When decisions on nuclear power stations and runways are delayed and the government dilly-dallies, people think they aren't important.

Stumbling upon the next great invention in an 'ah-ha!' moment is a myth.

Everyone has ideas. They may be too busy or lack the confidence or technical ability to carry them out. But I want to carry them out. It is a matter of getting up and doing it.

Emerging markets are hugely important.

I think if you have to pay for your education, you worry very seriously about you're going to do when you've got your degree.

One of the most fun inventions of my lifetime is the Mini.

Today, computers are almost second nature to most of us.

I don't particularly follow the Bauhaus school of design, where you make everything into a black box - simplify it.

Cordless vacuums are designed for quick jobs, but you need enough power to do the job; you don't want the power waning over time.

Far too few designers put any thought into usability, ending up with a great product that's completely inaccessible.

China has all the advantages in the world. But it doesn't have a history of free thinking, risk-taking pioneers - the kind of people the U.S. is built upon.

I don't do something necessarily to make a big profit or because it's a logical business decision.

Now, we don't teach children in schools to be creative. We don't teach them to experiment. We want them to fill in the right answer, tick the right answer in the box.

Engineering is treated with disdain, on the whole. It's considered to be rather boring and irrelevant, yet neither of those is true.

I've obviously used fans - I wouldn't say all my life, because we couldn't afford them when I was young, but from my 20s and onwards we've had to use fans. And I've always loathed them. Everything about them. The way you adjust them, getting them at the angle you want. Carrying them. Cleaning them. The danger of putting your finger in them.

I was frustrated as a child when I had to use a vacuum. It had a screaming noise and the smell of stale dog and a lack of performance.