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He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Dull—duller—Dulles.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
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.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
Language is a great bridge.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.

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

Let us learn our lessons.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Honours should go where death and danger go.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.

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