Harold Macmillan

Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC, FRS was a British Conservative politician and statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963.

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A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis 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.
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.
At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.
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.
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.
Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.
Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.

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