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

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

--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
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.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
One ought to be just before one is generous.

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