The British nation is unique in this respect: they are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so -bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour.
It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
The maxim "Nothing but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gongthese are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
Success... (Courage) consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
The shadow of victory is disillusion.