Arthur Balfour

(Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour)

Arthur Balfour
Arthur Balfour
  • Born: July 25, 1848
  • Died: March 19, 1930
  • Nationality: British, Scottish
  • Profession: Politician, Statesman









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… science is the great instrument of social change, all the greater because its object is not change but knowledge, and its silent appropriation of this dominant function, amid the din of political and religious strife, is the most vital of all the revolutions which have marked the development of modern civilization. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Biography should be written by an acute enemy. History
Christianity, of course, but why journalism? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
England cannot afford to go on with Irishmen in her Parliament. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He has the manners of a pirate and the courage of a governess. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavor to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by the Jews in any other country. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other. History
I suppose that the community, so far as this island is concerned, would not sink into chaos if this was a republic and not a monarchy; but in my opinion the Empire would sink into chaos. You could not have at the head of an Empire, so peculiarly constituted as ours is, a President elected, let us say, as the President of the United States is, every four years—the creation, or at all events the choice of a party, changing many times in the lifetime of every individual, and representing the abstraction of a Constitution and not the personal head of an Empire. You could never direct the Empire on that principle simply because, if you insisted on having an elected President in this country, he would be elected by the electorate of this country and not by the electorate of the Crown or of the Crown Colonies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I thought he [Winston Churchill] was a young man of promise, but it appears he was a young man of promises. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. Truth ;Trust ;Human Nature
Nothing matters very much, and very few things matter at all. Miscellaneous
The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
To suppose that the races of Africa are in any sense the equals of men of European descent, so far as government, as society, as the higher interests of civilization are concerned, is really, I think, an absurdity. Discrimination & Prejudice
We should be able to carry on extremely useful propaganda both in Russia and America where the majority of Jews ... appeared to be favorable towards Zionism. Propaganda & Disinformation
You will be put under the heel of a majority which, if greater than you in numbers, is most undoubtedly inferior to you in political knowledge and experience …. You the wealthy, the orderly, the industrious, the enterprising portion of Ireland are to supply money for the that part of Ireland which is less orderly, less industrious, less enterprising and less law-abiding … Discrimination & Prejudice
Enthusiasm moves the world. Inspiration
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I never forgive, but I always forget.
I thought Winston Churchill was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises.