I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
If you don’t believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don’t think it’s enough.
Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.
It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
Topics: Foolishness, Fools
Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
We do not intend to part from the Americans and we do not intend to be satellites. I am sure they do not want us to be so. The stronger we are, the better partners we shall be; and I feel certain that as the months pass we shall draw continually closer together with mutual confidence and respect.
As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.
Topics: Politicians, Politics
The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.
In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
A Foreign Secretary and this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretary is always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
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