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

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

Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.


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