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He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
The English never draw a line without blurring it.

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

Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Language is a great bridge.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
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.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Let us learn our lessons.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.

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