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War Speech: 3 September 1939

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Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.

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

The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Let us learn our lessons.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
Language is a great bridge.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
I never take pleasure in human woe.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
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.


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