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Language is a great bridge.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
One ought to be just before one is generous.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Let us learn our lessons.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
Honours should go where death and danger go.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.

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

Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.


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