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Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
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 a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Language is a great bridge.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
One ought to be just before one is generous.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

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

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
I never take pleasure in human woe.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
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.”
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Let us learn our lessons.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.

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