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He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.

The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.

The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
Language is a great bridge.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Let us learn our lessons.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
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