David Lloyd George

(David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor)

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... sufficient conscience to bother him, but not sufficient to keep him straight. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
“Never again” has become our battle cry. War & Peace
… the greatest statesman living….There is no doubt that Hitler, so far as Germany is concerned, is the resurrection and the life. He is the savior of Germany, a great and wonderful leader. He is the George Washington of Germany. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A fully equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts, and dukes are just as great a terror Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A fully equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer. Miscellaneous
A new deal for everyone. Slogans & Mottoes
A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him, he is a statesman. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A tired nation is a Tory [conservative] nation. Liberals & Conservatives
All down history, nine-tenths of mankind have been grinding corn for the remaining one-tenth, been paid with the husks, and bidden to thank God they had the husks. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
America has at one bound become a world power in a sense she never was before. War & Peace
Aristocracy is like cheese. The older it is the higher it becomes. Miscellaneous
Believe me, Germany is unable to wage war. War & Peace
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time. Time ;Diplomacy & Diplomats
Every servant in the place is Welsh, and not one of them speaks a word of English. There'll be no leaks of news about important political conversations in this place while I am here, on account of some servant's indiscretion! Secrecy & Transparency
He [Neville Chamberlain] saw foreign policy through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Hope is the mainspring of patriotism. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I did as well as might be expected—seated as I was between Jesus Christ and Napoleon. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If a situation were to be forced upon us in which peace could only be preserved by the surrender of the great and beneficent position Britain has won by centuries of heroism and achievement, by allowing Britain to be treated where her interests were vitally affected as if she were of no account in the Cabinet of nations, then I say emphatically that peace at that price would be a humiliation intolerable for a great country like ours to endure. National honor is no party question. The security of our great international trade is no party question; the peace of the world is much more likely to be secured if all nations realize fairly what the conditions of peace must be Diplomacy & Diplomats
If people really knew, the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don't know, and can't know. The correspondents don't write and the censorship wouldn't pass the truth. What they do send is not the war, but just a pretty picture of the war with everybody doing gallant deeds. The thing is horrible and beyond human nature to bear and I feel I can't go on with this bloody business. Propaganda & Disinformation
It is essential in the highest interests, not merely of this country, but of the world, that Britain should at all hazards maintain her place and her prestige amongst the Great Powers of the world. Her potent influence has many a time been in the past, and may yet be in the future, invaluable to the cause of human liberty. It has more than once in the past redeemed Continental nations, who are sometimes too apt to forget that service, from overwhelming disaster and even from national extinction Power
It is rather a shame for a rich country like ours ... that it should allow those who have toiled all their days to end in penury and possible starvation. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
It is very significant – their songs about the oppressed people…. A race who can sing these songs like that will cause trouble one of these days. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Lunacy is always distressing, but sometimes it is dangerous; and when you get it manifested in the head of state, and it has become the policy of a great empire, it is about time that it should be ruthlessly put away. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Ninepence for fourpence Slogans & Mottoes
No democracy has ever long survived the failure of its adherents to be ready to die for it. Democracies & Republics
No quarrel ought ever be converted into a policy. Policy & Policy Making
Of all the bigotries that ravage the human temper there is none so stupid as the anti-Semitic. It has no basis in reason, it is not rooted in faith, it aspires to no ideal. Discrimination & Prejudice
Once blood is shed in a national quarrel, reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men. War & Peace
Pay to the last farthing! Slogans & Mottoes
Personally, I would have dealt with the Soviets as the de facto Government of Russia . So would President Wilson. But we both agreed that we could not carry to that extent our colleagues at the Congress [Versailles], nor the public opinion of our countries which was frightened by Bolshevik violence and feared its spread. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Please refresh my memory. Is it Upper or Lower Silesia that we are giving away? Negotiating & Negotiations
The doctors are always changing their opinions. They always have some new fad. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done. Management & Managing Government
The League of Nations is the greatest humbug in history. They cannot even protect a little nation like Armenia. They do nothing but pass useless resolutions. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The war of the giants is over. The quarrels of the pygmies have begun. War & Peace
The world is becoming like a lunatic asylum run by lunatics. Miscellaneous
There never was a greater contrast, mental or spiritual, than that which existed between these two notable men. Wilson with his high but narrow brow, his fine head with its elevated crown and his dreamy but untrustful eye -- the make-up of the idealist who is also something of an egoist; Clemenceau, with a powerful head and the square brow of the logician - the head conspicuously flat topped, with no upper story in which to lodge the humanities, the ever vigilant and fierce eye of the animal who has hunted and been hunted all his life. The idealist amused him so long as he did not insist on incorporating his dreams in a Treaty which Clemenceau had to sign. Negotiating & Negotiations
This war [World War II] like the next war, is the war to end all wars. War & Peace
Wars are precipitated by motives which the statesmen responsible for them dare not publicly avow. War & Peace
We are fighting Germany, Austria and drink, and as far as I can see, the greatest of these three deadly foes is drink. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
We are placing the burdens on the broad shoulders. Why should I put burdens on the people? Taxes
We are witnessing the collapse of Bolshevism. Miscellaneous
We have failed to restore Russia to sanity by force. I believe we can save her by trade. Commerce has a sobering influence .... Trade, in my opinion, will bring an end to the ferocity, the rapine, and the crudity of Bolshevism surer than any other method. Foreign Trade
What is a government for except to dictate. If it does not dictate, then it is not a government. Policy & Policy Making
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in. Military & Veterans
What would happen if we withdrew? Anarchy and confusion. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
When they circumcised Herbert Samuel they threw away the wrong bit. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You cannot trust the interests of any class entirely to another class; and you cannot trust the interests of any sex to another sex Miscellaneous
A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul.
Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.
Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired.
Once blood is shed in a national quarrel reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men.
The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.
There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.
We are muddled into war. War & Peace
What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation.
You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.