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

Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Let us learn our lessons.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
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.


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