"My thanks are due to the Civil Service for their hard work and, on occasions, their forthright advice - or should I say 'Comrades'?" - a reference to Lord Turnbull's description of the Chancellor as a man of "Stalinist ruthlessness".
"I am told that in the last two centuries only one other Chancellor has delivered 11 budgets, and then a 12th, and that was when Mr Gladstone combined the position of Chancellor with Prime Minister. Something no-one should ever contemplate doing again."
"The British economy is today growing faster than all the other G7 economies - growth stronger this year than the euro area, stronger than Japan and stronger even than America."
"Just as our monetary discipline is the foundation of our economic strength, our fiscal discipline is the foundation of the strength of Britain's finances."
"The next stage in this Budget is to do more to equip British people with the new skills for the jobs of the next decade and beyond."
"You have finally given us a tax cut. You normally do that before a General Election but you are in such a deep hole you have had to do it before the leadership election."
"It is a bit like Stalin. They are cheering him on now, he'll wipe them out later" - A reference to noisy Labour MPs.
"Your great experiment in tax and spending has failed. You are an out-of-date politician wedded to state control. The question everyone is asking is where has the money gone?"
"The Labour Party are just realising their next leader has the tendencies of Stalin and the poll ratings of Michael Foot."
Sir Menzies Campbell
"This is the budget of a Chancellor ready to move on. It's a wait-and-see Budget from a wait-for-me Prime Minister."
"He had the chance to build a fairer Britain, but he has ignored it; the chance to create a greener Britain but he shunned it and the chance to shape a prudent Britain, by saving billions of pounds on government waste and he has avoided that too. He has spurned all of these opportunities. He has concentrated, not surprisingly, on his own political succession."
"He should beware, as the Americans say - it isn't over 'til it's over" - Warning that Blair might rise "from his political coffin like Dracula".