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…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
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.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Let us learn our lessons.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
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.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
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 only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

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

Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Language is a great bridge.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
I never take pleasure in human woe.
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