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Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.

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

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.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Language is a great bridge.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Let us learn our lessons.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.


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