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Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
Language is a great bridge.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Let us learn our lessons.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Dull—duller—Dulles.

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

The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
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 nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.

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