104 Quotes filtered by world politics
History is too serious to be left to historians.
Iain Macleod 16/07/1961
The Admiralty has demanded six, the Treasury said we could only have four so we compromised on eight.
On defence procurement during WW1
Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
It may be true that every necessary war must also really be a just war; but it does not absolutely follow that every just war is a necessary war.
Pitt saved Europe from Napoleon, he was the pilot who weathered the storm. I don't know whether he's have done it any better or quicker had he been married.
On ebing a bachelor
One to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet and the third to mislead itself.
H H Asquith
On ebing told the War Office kept three sets of figures.
I do not stare at a gentleman in distress.
Arthur Balfour 1919
On the German emissary at the Versailles Peace Conference
The British people, being subject to fogs, require grave statesmen.
Benjamin Disraeli 1834
On being passed over for office when Peel became PM in 1834.
Category: Statesmen & Statesmanship
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart I say and let us have done with you. In the name of God go!
Leo Amery 09/04/1940
To Neville Chamberlain in a debate on the German invasion of Norway.
I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.
John Maynard Keynes 12/1917
Category: World War I
A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
If you carry this resolution and follow out its implications...you will send a Foreign Secretary, whoever he may be, naked into the conference chamber...And you call that statesmanship. I call it an emotional spasm.
Aneurin Bevan 1960
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King 28/08/1963
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Thomas Jefferson 1784
From his denunciation of negro slavery.
Preparation for war is the sweet guaranty for peace.
Theodore Roosevelt 1897
As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, calling for rearmament.
As I would not be a slave so I would not be a master.
Abraham Lincoln 1861
The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done.
Arthur Balfour 07/05/1926
We are not at war with Egypt. We are in a state of armed conflict.
Anthony Eden 10/1956
Hitler's missed the bus.
Neville Chamberlain 04/04/1940
Within a few weeks Chamberlain had to resign after Hitler invaded Denmark, Norway, France and Belgium.
Category: World War II
I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford.
Category: World War II