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The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Language is a great bridge.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
One ought to be just before one is generous.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
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...
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.

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

War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
Let us learn our lessons.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.


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