Neville Chamberlain

(Arthur Neville Chamberlain)

Neville Chamberlain
Neville Chamberlain
  • Born: March 18, 1869
  • Died: November 9, 1940
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician









Arthur Neville Chamberlain FRS was a British statesman and Conservative Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best known for his foreign policy of appeasement, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938, conceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. When Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, the UK declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, and Chamberlain led Britain through the first eight months of the Second World War.

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William Francis Hare Chamberlain and Halifax were more afraid of the spread of Communism than they were of Hitler or Mussolini.
Joseph Chamberlain The natural alliance is between ourselves and the great German Empire.
Ann Coulter Today's appeasers are worse than Neville Chamberlain: Chamberlain didn't have himself as an example
Henry Ford Why did you send that fool with the umbrella to talk to Hitler?. Why didn't you send a man?
James Maxton Don't let's talk of national honor: what do such phrases mean? The plain fact is that war means the slaughter of millions. If the Prime Minister can still maintain the peace he will have saved those lives, he mustn't be rushed.
Anonymous Pushful Joe
Aneurin Bevan He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind.
Henry Channon The function will be criticized, since there is already talk of a so-called “Cliveden” set which is alleged to be pro-Hitler, but which, in reality, is only pro-Chamberlain and pro-sense.
Winston Churchill ... a lust for peace.
Winston Churchill [Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain] has appealed for sacrifice. The nation is prepared for every sacrifice so long as it has leadership …. I say solemnly that the Prime Minister should give an example of sacrifice because there is nothing which can contribute more to victory in this war than that he should sacrifice the seals of office.
Winston Churchill Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance.
Winston Churchill That old town clerk looking at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.
Claud Cockburn The Cliveden Set
Robert Cranborne; Earl of Salisbury Oh dear. Oh dear. Why do all these old gentlemen feel so confident that they understand foreign affairs.
Richard Stafford Cripps The people of Birmingham have a specially heavy burden for they have given the world: the curse of the present British Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain, 1869-1940.]
Adolf Hitler He seemed like such a nice old gentleman—I gave him my autograph as a souvenir.
Lyndon B. Johnson My father never carried an umbrella for Chamberlain.
Rose Macaulay If war is so easily averted as all this it does seem a pity no P[rime] M[inister] except Neville Chamberlain] has thought of it before. Peace without Honour seems to be what we have got. I'm glad. One can't expect both.
Jan Masaryk If you have sacrificed my nation to save the peace of the world, I will be the first to applaud you. But if not, gentlemen, God help your souls.
Henry Channon Towards the end of the Banquet came the news, the great world stirring news, that Neville [Chamberlain], on his own initiative, seeing war coming closer and closer, had telegraphed to Hitler that he wanted to see him, and asked him to name an immediate rendezvous…. Of course a way out will not be found. Neville by his imagination and practical good sense, has saved the world.
Edward Robb Ellis Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has flown from England to Germany to confer with Hitler. He has been called the Mad Dog of Europe, and now I understand why: His demands are extreme and his oratory so menacing that chills one’s blood…. I, for one, am a coward and an isolationist. Not only do I not want to go to war, but I don’t consider it necessary for the United States to enter the war that seems about to begin.
David Gascoyne This business of heads of governments stepping into aeroplanes and flying off to talk things over with one another may well start a new era in diplomacy.
Clement Attlee Just as our peace-time system is unsuitable for war conditions, so does it tend to breed peace-time statesmen who are not too well fitted for the conduct of war. Facility in debate, ability to state a case, caution in advancing an unpopular view, compromise and procrastination are the natural qualities - I might almost say, virtues - of a political leader in time of peace. They are fatal qualities in war. Vision, daring, swiftness and consistency of decision are the very essence of victory.
Leo S. Amery 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!
Newt Gingrich This is the most dangerous summit for the West since Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in 1938
Eleanor Roosevelt I have fought for peace for many years. I want to see all the nations of the world reduce their armaments. Mr. Chamberlain has suggested it, but I have seen no acquiescence on the part of Mr. Hitler. Have you? Who is taking a belligerent attitude in the world today? The American people can not afford to consider this as a partisan question and use it as such, and the women, above all, must think clearly on this subject for the future of those whom they love may depend upon their influence.
Margaret Thatcher Douglas, Douglas, you would make Neville Chamberlain look like a warmonger
Oliver Cromwell 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!
Franklin D. Roosevelt Neville Chamberlain thoroughly dislikes Americans.
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… the commonest little dog I have ever seen, without one sign of distinction Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Everything would have been all right if Hitler hadn't lied to me. Miscellaneous
How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. Miscellaneous
However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbor, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account. If we have to fight it must be on larger issues than that. War & Peace
I believe it is peace for our time. War & Peace
I consider your remarks highly offensive to me and to those with whom I have been working. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have only to raise a finger and the whole face of Europe is changed. Power
I make an earnest appeal to those who hold responsible positions both in this country and abroad to weigh their words very carefully before they utter them on this matter, bearing in mind the consequences that may flow from some rash or thoughtless phrase. By exercising caution and patience and self-restraint we may yet be able to save the peace of Europe. War & Peace
I must confess to the most profound distrust of Russia. I have no belief whatever in her ability to maintain an effective offensive, even if she wanted to. Foreign Aid
In this war we are not fighting against you, the German people, for whom we have no bitter feeling, but against a tyrannous and forsworn regime which has betrayed not only its own people but the whole of Western civilization and all that you and we hold dear. War & Peace
In view of the increasingly critical situation I propose to come over at once to see you with a view to trying to find a peaceful solution. I propose to come across by air and am ready to start tomorrow. Please indicate earliest time at which you can see me and suggest place of meeting. I should be grateful for a very early reply. Diplomacy & Diplomats
In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers. War & Peace
It doesn’t make things easier badgered for a meeting of Parliament by the two Oppositions & Winston [Churchill] who is the worst of the lot. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It is always best and safest to count on nothing from America but words. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Nobody in this country any longer places any trust in your Leader's word [Adolf Hitler]. He gave his word that he would respect the Locarno Treaty; he broke it. He gave his word that he neither wished nor intended to annex Austria; he broke it. He declared that he would not incorporate the Czechs in the Reich; he did so. He gave his word after Munich that he had no further territorial demands in Europe; he broke it. He gave his word that he wanted no Polish provinces; he broke it. He has sworn to you for years that he was the mortal enemy of Bolshevism; he is now its ally War & Peace
Not a lovable people. I don’t care for them myself. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. Power ;War & Peace
How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.
However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbours, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account. War & Peace
I believe it is peace in our time. Time ;War & Peace
We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth. Future ;War & Peace