On his surprise at getting fired:
"I thought there's no way ... I'm not going to get fired, because I'm in charge of the Russia investigation. The president's not going to fire the FBI director who's handling the Russia investigation."
On Trump repeatedly denying allegations of a tryst with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room:
"The continuing focus on it surprised me, because, again, I probably have too dark a view of the world, having been in the criminal investigation business most of my life. But when somebody constantly brings up to deny something that you are not asking about — that's an interesting fact. ... I think I put in the book the proverb 'Only the guilty flee where no man pursues.' "
On whether his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation tilted the 2016 election:
"All this was a 500-year flood. I pray that no FBI director ever has to deal with this again, because this was a series of no-win situations."
On what's next:
"I'm definitely not going to run for office. That's not my thing. I don't know what my engagement will be in the next presidential election. ... I'm not a Republican; I'm not a Democrat. I hope there is a bunch of people like me who want to ... make sure that the voters focus on this higher loyalty to our value, above parochial tribal fights about things. And if I can be useful in driving that conversation, that's what I'm going to do."