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In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
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.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
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.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
Let us learn our lessons.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
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.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Language is a great bridge.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

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

Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.


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