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War Speech: 3 September 1939

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Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.

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

The English never draw a line without blurring it.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Let us learn our lessons.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Language is a great bridge.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.


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