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We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.
[On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale.
A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.
It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two, nothing can be done, so it's no use worrying, and two perhaps can be settled.
It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
We contend that for a Nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
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