4 Quotes filtered by Books

Two temptations that impair the value of their work inevitably beset public men who write memoirs. One is a tendency to reconstruct the past to suit the present views and feelings of the writer; the other is a natual desire to set his own part in affairs in a pleasing light.

Edward Grey

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Alastair Campbell's memoirs could be worth a lot of money. Not only does he know where the bodies are buried, he buried many of them.

Iain Dale 29/08/2003

On Alastair Campbell's resignation

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Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

Arthur Balfour 30/01/1929

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One has to live with the ignominy of a garish sticker slapped over one's face, proclaiming '?€£5, or more off' from the very beginning.

Michael Heseltine

on the perils of selling his autobiography Life in the Jungle.

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Random Speech

Geoffrey was regularly bullied in debate by Denis Healey. But by thorough mastery of his brief and an ability to marshal arguments and advice from different sources, he had shown that beneath a deceptively mild exterior he had the makings of the fine Chancellor he was to become. Some of the toughest decisions were to fall to him. He never flinched. In my view, these were his best political years.

Margaret Thatcher

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