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

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

Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.


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