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An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Let us learn our lessons.
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 is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
Language is a great bridge.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.

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

One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
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