Cameron's big speech: the key quotes

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These are some of the key quotes from David Cameron's keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference.

"We all know how bad things are, massive debt, social breakdown, political disenchantment. But what I want to talk about today is how good things could be."

"None of this will be easy. We will be tested. I will be tested. I'm ready for that - and so I believe, are the British people. So yes, there is a steep climb ahead. But I tell you this. The view from the summit will be worth it."

"We could have come to Manchester this week and played it safe. But that's not what this party is about and it's certainly not what I'm about."

"We are not going to solve our problems with bigger government. We are going to solve our problems with a stronger society, stronger families, stronger communities, a stronger country. All by rebuilding responsibility."

"This is my DNA: family, community, country. These are the things I care about. They are what made me. They are what I'm in public service to protect, promote and defend."

"I know how lucky I've been to have the chances I had... I want every child to have the chances I had. That is why I'm standing here."

"Yes we have made some tough choices. But in British politics today that is the only responsible thing to do."

"Just a quick word to the man who says he abolished boom and bust and then saved the world. It was you Gordon Brown who designed the system of financial regulation that helped cause the financial crisis."

"Who made the poorest poorer? Who left youth unemployment higher? Who made inequality greater? No, not the wicked Tories - you, Labour: you're the ones that did this to our society. So don't you dare lecture us about poverty."

"It's your character, your temperament and your judgment, not your policies and your manifesto - that really make the difference."

"If we cut big government back, if we move society forward, and if we rebuild responsibility, then we can put Britain back on her feet."

"There are reasons to believe. Yes it will be a steep climb. But the view from the summit will be worth it."

"I see a country where the poorest children go to the best schools not the worst, where birth is never a barrier."

"If we pull together, come together, work together - we will get through this together."