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I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Language is a great bridge.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
I never take pleasure in human woe.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'

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

When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Let us learn our lessons.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.

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