Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon

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A French expedition under secret instructions, right from the other side of Africa, into a territory over which our claims have been known for so long … would be an unfriendly act, and would be so viewed by England. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
A policy which rules out and all moral purpose except national interest has a fatal lack of what is essential to enduring success. Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
As in most country constituencies, the majority of those of wealth or large property are on the Conservative side. Liberals & Conservatives
Bad as despotism is, doomed as it is to work its own ruin, the first fruits of its overthrow are not love and liberty. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Confidence is as essential in permanent relations between Governments as it is between great commercial houses. Discrimination & Prejudice
Even historians with knowledge of the event, and with the materials before them on which to form a judgment, see but little way into the causes and consequences of the great events in human history. History
Fear begets suspicion and distrust and evil imaginings of all sorts, till each government feels it would be criminal … of its own country not to take every precaution [armament], while every Government regards every precaution of every other government as evidence of hostile intent. Arms Race & Disarmament
Great armaments lead inevitably to war. Arms Race & Disarmament
Here it may be convenient ... to say something of recreation and home life. Both are sadly curtailed by office. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I could satisfy the French press any day, by saying that we entirely agreed with their view. Media, Journalism & The Press
If Germany wins, she will dominate France; the independence of Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and perhaps of Norway and Sweden, will be a mere shadow; their separate existence as nations will be fiction; all their harbours will be at Germany's disposal; she will dominate the whole of Western Europe, and this will make our position quite impossible. We could not exist as a first class State under such circumstances. War & Peace
If officials on the spot commit in good faith an error of judgment, which is worse—to support them or to throw them over? Management & Managing Government
In great crises, a man who has to act or speak stands bare and stripped of choice. Leaders & Leadership
In old days nations could collect only portions of their men and resources at a time and dribble them out by degrees. Under modern conditions whole nations could be mobilized at once and their whole life-blood and resources poured out in a torrent. Instead of a few hundreds of thousands of men meeting each other in war, millions would now meet, and modern weapons would multiply manifold the power of destruction. The financial strain and the expenditure of wealth would be incredible. I thought this must be obvious to everyone else, as it seemed obvious to me ; and that, if once it became apparent that we were on the edge, all the Great Powers would call a halt and recoil from the abyss. War & Peace
In times of crisis and violence in Turkey, there are apt to be two class of persons—assassins and assassinated. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
In war ... diplomacy is the handmaiden of the necessities of the War Office. Discrimination & Prejudice
It is seldom that public men see more beyond direct consequences. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is so strong potentially in all resources necessary for War, and so self-contained financially and commercially, that its decisions in policy are beyond question of being influenced by outside pressure. Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
it would be a disgrace for us to make this bargain with Germany at the expense of France - a disgrace from which the good name of this country would never recover. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Many people would rather have fine words and false hopes than the truth which is unacceptable. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Public opinion in Britain demanded that we should make representations; we did so, to the cost of British material interests. Public Opinion & Polling
Sometimes, concessions in strategy that we thought undesirable had to be made to our allies. Miscellaneous
Taking Mesopotamia... means spending millions in irrigation and development Development & Growth ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The arguments for protection are more easily made attractive than those for free trade. Foreign Trade
The distinction between preparations made with the intention of going to war and preparations against attack is it true distinction, clear and definite than the mind of those who build up armaments. But it is a distinction that is not obvious or certain to others. The moral is obvious: it is that that armaments lead inevitably to war. Defense & National Security
The first years in office are necessarily important in the life of a young man. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The highest military authority cannot be divided. Military & Veterans
The minister should not press his personal views unduly about what is not essential. Management & Managing Government
The Navy and the foreign office had to find the argument to support the action; it was anxious work. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The reasons for public sentiment are often more unconscious than conscious. Public Opinion & Polling
The United States is like a giant steam generator. Once the fire has been lighted under it, there is no limit to the amount of power it can generate. Power
There was no authority with which diplomacy could deal. Diplomacy & Diplomats
This should be represented to the Austrian government, and you should impress upon how necessary it is that their decision to annex Bosnia and Herzegovina should be reconsidered. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
To me it seems to matter little whether you have an alliance which is committed to paper, or whether you have an understanding in the minds of the statesmen of the respective countries. An understanding is perhaps better than an alliance, which may stereotype arrangements which cannot be regarded as permanent in view of the changing circumstances from day to day. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are all disposed to attribute to other's motives and views that we have entertained ourselves. Miscellaneous
We are making our revolution slowly and by constitutional methods. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We stayed in certain parts of these continents [Africa and Asia] because we can do certain things: efficient administration free from corruption, preservation of order, a development of the country, etc. better than these would be done without us. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
What makes a nation most likely to take part in war was not policy or interest, but sentiment. Public Opinion & Polling