William E. Gladstone

(William Ewart Gladstone)

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... the most remarkable of all the inventions of modern politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
[Turks] one and all, bag and baggage, shall I hope clear out from the province they have desolated and profaned. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… that remarkable body, the most remarkable of all the inventions of modern politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… that wealthy, intelligent, and energetic portion of the Irish community which predominates in Ulster. Discrimination & Prejudice
… the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
… there is no doubt that Jefferson Davis and other leaders of the South have made an Army; they are making, it appears, a Navy; and they have made — what is more than either — they have made a Nation... We may anticipate with certainty the success of the Southern States so far as regards their separation from the North. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Benjamin Disraeli might be an excellent Christian but he is assuredly a detestable pagan. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Decision by majorities is as much an expedient as lighting by gas. Legislating & Legislative Process
Do not listen to those who set up doctrines which are dangerous to the peace of the world. War & Peace
General well-being is incompatible with lowness of wages. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Good ends can rarely be attained in politics without passion. Leaders & Leadership
He has not a single grain of conviction in him except in the abstract. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am much disposed to believe in Atlantis. Human Nature
I entered the House of Commons in 1832. The moral standard of legislation has been raised; that of personal conduct lowered. . . Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I look with satisfaction, sympathy and joy upon the extension of Germany in these desert places of the Earth. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I wish at all events to retain at all times a judicial habit of not condemning a thing utterly until I have heard what is to be said for it. Miscellaneous
In almost every one, if not every one, of the greatest political controversies of the last 50 years, whether they affected the [voting] franchise, whether they affected religion, whether they affected the bad and abominable institution of slavery, or what subject they touched, these leisure classes, these educated classes, these titled classes have been in the wrong. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Ireland forces upon us these great social and great religious questions—God grant that we may have courage to look them in the face. Policy & Policy Making
It illustrates vividly my incapacity of knowing when to be silent and when to speak. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It is hardly possible to believe that one is not the greatest scoundrel on earth, when one is assured of it on all sides on such excellent authority. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
It is not the Bible that produced religion and morals, but religion and morals that produced the Bible. Religion & God
It was frightful and almost incredible…that any government should go a—hunting to the uttermost ends of the earth to find means and opportunities of squandering its treasure…for no conceivable purpose of policy. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence; Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. Liberals & Conservatives
National injustice is the surest road to national downfall. Justice & Injustice
No man can rely upon any permanent security for his own rights unless he respects the rights of his neighbors. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No matter how the Prime Minister [Benjamin Disraeli] may finger the hilt of the sword, the nation will take care that it never leaves the scabbard. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No nation can ever be safe in the position it holds among nations, however great and however imposing, unless it recognizes those principles of justice and equality which bind together the nations of the world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Our first sight in Egypt, be it by larceny or be it by preemption, will be the almost certain egg of a North African Empire that will grow and grow until … we finally join hands across the equator with Natal and Cape Town. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Peace, retrenchment and reform. Slogans & Mottoes
Practical politics is the politics of the coming election. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Public policy should be conducted on those principles which constitute virtue in private life. Policy & Policy Making
Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Self-vindication never does a man any good, unless he has been assailed. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
That Jew is going to spend our surplus. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The American Revolution was a conservative revolution. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The common people, the toilers, the men of uncommon sense—these have been responsible for nearly all social-reform measures which the world accepts today. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The Egyptian flood is upon us. Pharaoh had just as much business to pursue the Israelites as we have to meddle in Egypt …. However, our policy must now be determined by the effect which the triumph of the Madhi would have on our Mohammedan subjects. Policy & Policy Making
The expenses of war are a moral check, which it has pleased the Almighty to impose upon the ambition and lust of conquest that are inherent in so many nations. War & Peace
The first essential for a Prime Minister is to be a good butcher. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The history of governments is one of the most immoral parts of human history. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The nation is a power hard to rouse, but when roused harder still and more hopeless to resist. Public Opinion & Polling
The people of England are not, like the people of France, lovers of naked political equality. England is a great lover of liberty; but of equality she never has been so much enamored. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The personal attendance and intervention of women in election proceedings...would be a practical evil not only of the gravest but even of an intolerable character. Voters, Voting & Elections
The test of a good colonial policy is that it shall prepare colonies for independent self—government. Management & Managing Government
There is not a criminal in a European jail, nor a cannibal in the South Sea Islands, whose indignation would not rise at the recital of what has been done. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There is one voice which is not heard in the crackling of the fire or in the roaring of the whirlwind or the storm, but which will and must be heard when they have passed away—the still small voice of justice. Justice & Injustice
They gave you notice to abandon your contraband … the right is with them even though they are heathens. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
This Empire has but one danger: it is the danger by the combination of the three names, Ireland, United States and Canada. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Unless men are taught to rely upon themselves they can never be truly worthy of the name of freemen. Freedom & Liberty
Very significant. My mission is to pacify Ireland. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
War! War! War! I fear it will swallow up everything good and useful. War & Peace
We are not ready to accede to a principle of legislation by which the State shall take into its own hands the valuation of rent throughout Ireland. Legislating & Legislative Process
We are part of the community of Europe, and we must do our duty as such. Miscellaneous
We cannot change the profound and resistless tendencies of the age toward religious liberty. It is our business to guide and control their applications. Religion & God
We may anticipate with certainty the success of the Confederate States. y Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Were the Transvaal as valuable as it is valueless, I would still utterly repudiate its acquisition as being obtained by means dishonourable to the character of the Country. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side. [It was.] Voters, Voting & Elections
Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. Government
It is not a life at all. It is a reticence, in three volumes. Life
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right. Government
Justice delayed is justice denied. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. Trust ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.
No one ever became great except through many and great mistakes.
Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right.
Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.
The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the would.
There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order. Freedom & Liberty
We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;War & Peace
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side. Time ;Future