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

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

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.


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