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Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power. Bertrand Russell
When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters. George Savile
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language. Hilaire Belloc
Man thinks, God directs. Alcuin
I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic. Clive Bell
It's the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be. Gilbert Parker
Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies. Alfred Lord Tennyson
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time. David Lloyd George
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Benjamin Disraeli
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. James Callaghan
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Prejudice is the child of ignorance. William Hazlitt
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer. E. M. Forster
History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong. John Acton
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. Tony Blair
The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done. Arthur Balfour
Liberty is worth paying for. Jules Verne
The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. E. M. Forster
The ruling classes today nourish the conviction that national hatreds and rivalries are inevitable. Charles Trevelyan
Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. Annie Besant
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. Walter Bagehot
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. William Shakespeare
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli
Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic. Bertrand Russell
Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy. Edward Heath
There is no gambling like politics. Benjamin Disraeli
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it. William Shenstone
I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. Alan Turing
We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict. Anthony Eden
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong. William Lamb Melbourne
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction. A. C. Benson
No man speaketh, or should speak, of his prince, that which he hath not weighed whether it will consist with that veneration which should be preserved inviolate to him. Isaac Barrow
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done. David Lloyd George
The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen. Walter Bagehot
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. John Stuart Mill
Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. Matthew Hale
Delay is the deadliest form of denial. C. Northcote Parkinson
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. Bertrand Russell
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. Cyril Connolly
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent. Benjamin Disraeli
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill
Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious. Herbert Spencer
Law is king of all. Henry Alford
Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy. Gilbert Parker
It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob. William Makepeace Thackeray
The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it. Walter Bagehot
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Benjamin Disraeli
The worker is the slave of capitalist society, the female worker is the slave of that slave. James Connolly
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. Herbert Spencer
Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. George Henry Lewes
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. Winston Churchill
Damn your principles! Stick to your party. Benjamin Disraeli
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie
Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. Charles Dickens
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. Winston Churchill
There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them. Dean Inge
I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world. Malcolm Bradbury
An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle. Walter Bagehot
I venture to allude to the impression which seemed generally to prevail among their brethren across the seas, that the Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her colonial trade against foreign competitors. King George V
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. Benjamin Disraeli
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Benjamin Disraeli
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. George Eliot
I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition. Samuel Pepys
All science is either physics or stamp collecting. Ernest Rutherford
The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. William Temple
Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization. G. M. Trevelyan
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. Dag Hammarskjold
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous. George Bernard Shaw
There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. Princess Diana
Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. Dean Acheson
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. Joseph Hall
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. Bertrand Russell
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed. Mary Wortley Montagu
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Why should any man have power over any other man's faith, seeing Christ Himself is the author of it? George Fox
Nations, like men, have their infancy. Henry Bolingbroke
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. Charles Darwin
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. Winston Churchill
A day may sink or save a realm. Alfred Lord Tennyson
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. Annie Besant
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist. Lawrence Durrell
Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. Anthony Hope
Rules and models destroy genius and art. William Hazlitt
I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. George Meredith
Justice must not only be seen to be done but has to be seen to be believed. J. B. Morton
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. Bertrand Russell
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep. George Borrow
I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right. Henry Bessemer
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas Huxley
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. Benjamin Disraeli
Young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning. Roger Ascham
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction. Alexis de Tocqueville
Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. Aldous Huxley
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russell
Few, save the poor, feel for the poor. Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. Arthur Conan Doyle
It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something. Anthony Trollope
There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli
She who has never loved has never lived. John Gay
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. Herbert Spencer
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. Thomas Carlyle
If peace cannot be maintained with honour, it is no longer peace. John Russell
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. Princess Diana
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. Herbert Spencer
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. George Bernard Shaw
We cannot perform our tasks to the best of our power, unless we think well of our own capacity. William Godwin
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. George Orwell
What is now proved was once only imagined. William Blake
I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts. Harold MacMillan
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. Benjamin Disraeli
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. Samuel Butler
The rage for railroads is so great that many will be laid in parts where they will not pay. George Stephenson
Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive. Ann Oakley
It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. John Maynard Keynes
How is the Empire? King George V
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. Jeremy Bentham
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything. Jane Austen
History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created. William Morris
A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. John Maynard Keynes
Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator. Wyndham Lewis
For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn? Lord Byron
The march of the human mind is slow. Edmund Burke
We want better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them. Dora Russell
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Margaret Thatcher
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. Francis Bacon
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did. Malcolm Bradbury
There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. Hartley William Shawcross
In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat. Harold Evans
History is a vision of God's creation on the move. Arnold J. Toynbee
Fear makes us feel our humanity. Benjamin Disraeli
There is no such thing as a fixed policy, because policy like all organic entities is always in the making. Richard Cecil
Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government. Elizabeth I
Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. James Anthony Froude
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts. Lord Melbourne
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. Roy Hattersley
Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true. Arnold Bennett
My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. Boris Johnson
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good. Thomas Browne
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. Benjamin Disraeli
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. C. S. Lewis
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. Francis Bacon
That justice should be administered between men, it is necessary that testimonies of fact be alleged; and that witnesses should apprehend themselves greatly obliged to discover the truth, according to their conscience, in dark and doubtful cases. Isaac Barrow
Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty. Roger Ascham
You can make an audience see nearly anything, if you yourself believe in it. Mary Renault
I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias. Tony Benn
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Bertrand Russell
Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace. Paddy Ashdown
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past. Francis Herbert Hedge
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. William Hazlitt
Little things affect little minds. Benjamin Disraeli
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel. Benjamin Disraeli
A committee is an animal with four back legs. John le Carre
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke
The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them. Henry Bolingbroke
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world. William Hazlitt
I hate liberality - nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle. Henry Addington
Knowledge and human power are synonymous. Francis Bacon
No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals. Belva Lockwood
I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis. Boris Johnson
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell
Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. Prince Philip
When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world. Benjamin Disraeli
Life exists in the universe only because the carbon atom possesses certain exceptional properties. James Jeans
What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real. Francis Herbert Hedge
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. J. R. R. Tolkien
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Joseph Conrad
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. Sydney Smith
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you. Cyril Connolly
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us. Joseph Addison
It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can't fly away. Anthony Trollope
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police. Quentin Crisp
God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. George Eliot
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. William Hazlitt
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation. Anthony Sampson
Give your decisions, never your reasons; your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong. James Mansfield
He said true things, but called them by wrong names. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. Francis Drake
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. Martin Farquhar Tupper
Politics is the art of the possible. Otto von Bismarck
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them. Charles Caleb Colton
I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy. George Bernard Shaw
The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. Edith Sitwell
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. Ambrose Bierce
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay. Benjamin Disraeli
War hath no fury like a non-combatant. Charles Edward Montague
Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. E. M. Forster
There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself. Havelock Ellis
Every cause produces more than one effect. Herbert Spencer
Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. Henry St. John
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. James Anthony Froude
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war. Charles de Montesquieu
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value. Benjamin Jowett
We must never throw away a bushel of truth because it happens to contain a few grains of chaff. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. Max Beerbohm
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality. Joseph Conrad
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done. Peter Ustinov
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. Jane Austen
A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection. Alexander Cockburn
The only thing I am afraid of is fear. Arthur Wellesley
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great. Edward Coke
This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people. John Wycliffe
I believe that in the end the truth will conquer. John Wycliffe
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. Mary Wollstonecraft
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears. Rebecca West
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Rebecca West
I cannot separate the finances of India from those of England. If the finances of the Indian Government receive any severe and irreparable check, will not the resources of England be called upon to meet the emergency, and to supply the deficiency? Richard Cobden
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Virginia Woolf
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. Virginia Woolf
Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them. William Cobbett
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. Arthur Balfour
The Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Nigel Lawson
Think no more of it John; you are only a child who had evil counselors. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
We humans find it difficult to resist infection by hubris.. Alexander Horne
Banish afar the foul worship of idols. On their alters let the blood of animals smoke no more, nor the soothsayer look for omens in warm entrails, nor the meaningless augur attend to the song of birds. Let all the images of the gods be smashed to the ground. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
It is better for a man to avenge his friend than to mourn him long.. Beowulf
No man grows wise but he have his share of winters. Anonymous
We must bring it to pass ... if we have the peace that all the youth now in England, born of free men who have the means that they can apply to it, may be devoted to learning ... until such time as they can read well what is written in England. Alfred
So completely had learning decayed in England that there were very few men on this side of the Humber who could apprehend their services in English or even translate a letter from Latin to English... There were so few of them that I cannot recollect a single one South of the Thames when I succeeded to the kingdom. Alfred
The Danes kept the English in a very degraded position, and often did them dishonor. If 100 English met one Dane, evil arose if they did not bow themselves to him; and if they came upon a bridge, they were required to wait; it was a crime if they moved before the Dane passed. In passing, every one inclined himself; whoever did not, if he was taken was shamelessly beaten. In such vileness were the English, so did the Danes vilify them. Geoffrey Gaimar
So often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the events And in today already walks tomorrow Samuel Taylor Coleridge
We ... are willing that you send unto us your ships and vessels, when and as often as they may have passage with good assurance on our part to see them harmless and if you send one of your Majesty's counsel to treat with us whereby your country's merchants may with all kinds of wares, and where they will make their market in our dominions, they should have their free mart with all kinds of wares to come and go at their pleasure, without any let, damage or impediment. Ivan IIV (Ivan the Terrible)
The manner of their government is much after the Turkish fashion: which they seem to imitate. The state and form of their government is plain tyrannical, as applying all to the behoof of the prince, and that after a after a most open and barbarous manner.... It giveth the nobility a kind of unjust and unmeasured liberty to command and exact upon the commons and baser sort of people in all parts of the realm... Giles Fletcher the Elder
The blood more stirs To rouse a lion than to start a hare! William Shakespeare
The aim of socialism is to give more individual freedom to people. Clement Attlee
We have, immediately after our enthronement, caused a new privilege to be given to your merchants to trade directly into all our kingdoms and dominions without paying any manner of toll or custom [tax]. Boris Godunov
We had thought you had been ruler over your land ... but now we perceive that there be other men that do rule, and not men but peasants and merchants ... and you flow in your maidenly estate like a maid. Ivan IV
The British-Congress Axis is formed and the rape of the Muslim nation is to begin in a more ruthless and criminal manner than Hitler and Mussolini dared in Europe. . Muslim League
Foul as it is, Hell itself is defiled by the fouler presence of John. Matthew Paris
Army of God. Anonymous
All merchants may enter or leave England unharmed and without fear, and may stay or travel within it, by land or water, for purposes of trade, free from all illegal exactions, in accordance with ancient and lawful customs. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as she wishes to remain without a husband. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
Ordinary lawsuits shall not follow the royal court around, but shall be held in a fixed place. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
No sheriff, royal official, or other person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free man, without his consent. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
If India wants her bloodbath, she shall have it. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Jail has indeed become a heaven for us. To serve India in the battle for freedom is honor enough .... But to suffer for the dear country! What greater good fortune could befall an Indian. Jawaharlal Nehru
It is weary work negotiating with these people [India's Moslem, Hindu and Sikh political leaders] It takes weeks or months to make any progress on a point which ordinary reasonable men would settle in an hour or so. Archibald Percival Wavell
Let them fight it out, friend! Things have gone too far. Robert Browning
Now, enough of your chicane of prudent pauses , Sage provisos, sub-intents and saving-clauses!. Robert Browning
Antislavery England continues to coquet with the Southern Slaveocracy. Karl Marx
It is rather hard that we are to dance to the fiddle of this dirty little abortion of an imperium. Robert Bunch
Americans are either wild or dull. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
... whereas hostilities have unhappily commenced between the Government of the United States of America and certain States styling themselves the Confederate States of America: .... we do hereby strictly charge and command all our loving subjects to observe a strict neutrality in and during the aforesaid hostilities, and to abstain from violating or contravening either the laws and statutes of the realm in this behalf or the law of nations in relation thereto, as they will answer to the contrary at their peril. Queen Victoria
It seems impossible that the South can be mad enough to dissolve the Union. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
... the taint of slavery will render the cause of the South loathsome to the civilized world. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
In handing over to the government of India to these so-called political classes [The Indian Congress Party], we are handing over to men of straw of whom in a few years no trace will remain. Winston Churchill
If Pakistan becomes an imminent reality, we shall be heading straight for bloodshed on a wide scale. Non-Muslims ... are not bluffing, they will not submit peacefully to a Government that is labeled 'Muhammadan Raj'. Bertrand James Glancy
History suggests that the Sikhs to a man would fight literally to the death rather than to submit to Muslim domination.. British Intelligence
... the work of lunatics. Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana
The troubles of the Muslim League are due to folly and bad leadership. In the month since [British Prime Minister] Attlee had announced the end of the Raj, the Quaid [Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the Muslim League] had fooled away a kingdom. Evan Meredith Jenkins
If the British give Jinnah his own country, we won't leave a Moslem alive here [of the princely state of Patiala]. Nor in the districts around. Every Sikh will draw his kirpan and it will be "Death to all Moslems". Yadvinder Singh Mahendra Bahadur
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
All governments, without exception, are stable only insofar as they can effectively reward and punish. Evan Meredith Jenkins
I am not a magician. I believe that it is the Indians who have got to find out a solution. You cannot expect the British to solve all your problems. Louis Mountbatten
When France fell before the Nazi onslaught, in the midst of total war, Mr. Churchill offered union with England to the French. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But when it comes to India? Oh no! Constitutional changes in the midst of a war? Absolutely unthinkable ... The object this time is to free India before the Japanese can come and be ready to fight them if they come. They will round up the leaders, round up all. Then it will be the duty of every Indian to put forth his utmost effort—within non-violence. No source is to be left untapped; no weapon untried. This is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Vallabhbhai Patel
I wish to propose for the reader's favorable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. Bertrand Russell
... a better government: more complete security of property; moderate taxes; a more permanent ... tenure of land ... the introduction of foreign arts ... and the introduction of foreign capital, which renders the increase of production no longer exclusively on the thrift or providence of the inhabitants themselves. John Stuart Mill
The Partition [of India] is the greatest blunder in the history of mankind. Altaf Hussain
Lunatics with money in America are never mad–just eccentric. Timothy Stanley
The white traders keep these poor Indians continually under the force of liquor. They entirely estrange the affections of the Indians from the English. Benjamin Franklin
Muddle Through! ... so we do–wading through blood and tears that need never have been shed. Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
Can you persuade people to take your side when you are not sure in the end whether you'll be there to take theirs? Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
Property with peace and order; with civil and social manners ... are good things too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit ... not likely to continue long. Edmund Burke
The effect of liberty is to let individuals ... do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations, which may be soon turned into complaints. Edmund Burke
It would be a very strange thing if six nations of ignorant savages [the Iroquois] could be capable or forming a scheme for such a union ... and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it is more necessary. Benjamin Franklin
You Americans have wrong ideas of the nature of your constitution. The instructions given to colonial governors were the law of the land and colonial legislatures have no right to ignore them. Granville Leveson-Gower
If my father granted privileges, he was not by the royal charter empowered to grant, nothing can be claimed by such a grant. Thomas Penn
To plagiarize an out of date Ph.D. thesis and to present it as an official report of the latest British intelligence information, surely it reveals a lack of awareness of the disastrous consequences of such a deception. This is not a trivial leak. It is a document on which is the basis of whether or not this country goes to war and whether or not young servicemen and servicewomen are to put their own lives at risk and indeed thousands, tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Tam Dalyell
It is clear that the original idea of the Iranians [to produce nuclear weapons] has been stopped by this agreement. Efraim Halevy
Our practical success in preserving order, securing justice and developing the material resources of many of our colonies is largely due to the fact that we have learnt to employ native agents wherever possible for detailed work of administration, and to adapt our government, where it can be safely done, to native conditions. John A. Hobson
The decades of Imperialism have been prolific in wars; most of these wars have been directly motived by aggression of white races upon "lower races," and have issued in the forcible seizure of territory. Every one of the steps of expansion in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific has been accompanied by bloodshed; each imperialist Power keeps an increasing army available for foreign service; rectification of frontiers, punitive expeditions, and other euphemisms for war ... John A. Hobson
... as an observer of the actual condition of Egyptian society, I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that popular government, as we understand it, is for a longer time than anyone can foresee at present out of the question. The people neither comprehend it nor desire it. They would come to singular grief if they had it. Alfred Milner
... a free, tolerant and unaggressive Empire Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
... the notion that the greater the preparation for war the smaller the probability of its occurrence might well appear a reductio ad absurdum of militarism, implying, as it does, that the only way to secure an eternal world peace is to concentrate the entire energy of all nations upon the art of war ... John A. Hobson
It is claimed by them [conservatives & imperialists] that in foreign affairs the nation should stand as one man, that policies once entered upon by the Government should not be repudiated, and that criticism should be avoided as weakening the influence of the nation abroad . Paul Samuel Reinsch
Imperialism and popular government have nothing in common: they differ in spirit, in policy, in method. John A. Hobson
The ultimate unit, the taxpayer – whether home or colonial – looks for two groups of results as his reward. On the one hand, he hopes to see Christianity and civilization pro tanto extended; and, on the other, to see some compensating development of industry and trade. Unless he, or 'his servants the Government,' secure either or both these results, the question must be plainly asked, Has he the right, and is he right, to wage such wars? George Baden-Powell
Higher education has never been economically self-supporting; it has hardly ever been fully organized from public funds; everywhere it has remained parasitic on the private munificence of wealthy persons. The peril is too obvious to need further enforcement: it is the hand of the prospective, the potential donor that fetters intellectual freedom in our colleges, and will do so more and more so long as the duty of organizing public higher education for a nation out of public funds fails of recognition.. John A. Hobson
It is difficult for the strongest advocate of national rights to assert that the people in actual occupation or political control over a given area of the earth are entitled to do what they will with "their own," entirely disregarding the direct and indirect consequences of their actions upon the rest of the world. John A. Hobson
... force is the natural ally of superstition, and superstition knows it well. Goldwin Smith
By linking these countries together in his 'axis of evil' speech, President Bush implied an identity between them not only in terms of their threat, but also in terms of the action necessary to deal with the threat. A lot of work will now need to be done to delink the three, and to show why military action against Iraq is so much more justified than against Iran and North Korea. Jack Straw
The poor economic health of Europe contributed to the migrant crisis. All the migrants wanted to flood to the few healthy countries—–like Germany and the U.K. Joseph Stiglitz
I care not who forms the government of a country, so long as I control the purse strings. Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild
...it must be clearly proved that, at the time of committing the act, the party accused was labouring under such a defect of reason, from disease of mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing was wrong; or, if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong. House of Lords
When a mad man is executed, it is a miserable spectacle, both against law, and of extreme inhumanity and cruelty, and can be no example to others. Edward Coke
And therefore, every subject of this realme, for injury done to … by any other subject, be he ecclesiasticall, or temporall, free, or bond, man, or woman, old, or young, or be he outlawed, excommunicated, or any other without exception, may take his remedy by the course of the law, and have justice, and right for the injury done to him, freely without sale, fully without any deniall, and speedily without delay. Edward Coke
We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
WHEREAS in all other Things, we require the said General Assembly, as also the said Council of State, to imitate and follow the Policy of the Form of Government, Laws, Customs, and Manner of Trial, and other Administration of Justice, used in the Realm of England, as near as may be, even as ourselves, by his Majesty's Letters Patent, are required. Ginni Rometty
It shall be lawful to any person, for the future, to go out of our kingdom, and to return, safely and securely ... Magna Carta (John Lackland)
Magna Carta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign. Edward Coke
After the unremitted efforts of our enemies, we are stronger than before. Nor can the wicked emissaries who so assiduously labor to promote their cause, point out any one reason to suppose that we shall not receive daily accessions of strength. They tell you, it is true, that your money is of no value, and your debts so enormous they can never be paid …. It becomes you deeply to reflect on this subject. Is there a country on earth which hath such resources for the payment of her debts as America? such an extensive territory? so fertile, so blessed in its climate and productions? Surely there is none. Neither is there any to which the wise Europeans will sooner confide their property. What, then, are the reasons that your money hath depreciated? Because no taxes have been imposed to carry on the war: because your commerce hath been interrupted by your enemy's fleets: because their armies have ravaged and desolated a part of your country: because their agents have villainously counterfeited your bills: because extortioners among you, inflamed with the lust of gain, have added to the price of every article of life; and because weak men have been artfully led to believe that it is of no value. Continental Congress
We desire you will hear and receive what we have now told you, and that you will open a good ear and listen to what we are now going to say. This is a family quarrel between us and Old England. You Indians are not concerned in it. We don't wish you to take up the hatchet against the king's troops. We desire you to remain at home, and not join on either side, but keep the hatchet buried deep. In the name and in behalf of all our people, we ask and desire you to love peace and maintain it, and to love and sympathize with us in our troubles; that the path may be kept open with all our people and yours, to pass and repass, without molestation. Continental Congress
Wherever you look you see that the enemies of the true religion, particularly the English, the Russian, and the French, have oppressed Islam and invaded its rights in every possible way…the Moslems work and the infidels…live in luxury. The world of Islam sinks down and goes backward, and the Christian world goes forward.…The Moslems are enslaved and the infidels are the great rulers.…The time has now come for the Holy War, and by this the land of Islam shall be forever freed from the power of the infidels….This holy war has now become a sacred duty. Know ye that the blood of infidels in the Islamic lands may be shed with impunity---except Germans to whom the Moslem power has promised security and who are allied with it….The killing of infidels who rule over Islam has become a sacred duty, whether you do it secretly or openly, as the Koran has decreed: 'Take them and kill them whenever you find them. Behold we have delivered them unto your hands and given you supreme power over them.' Mehmed V
As to their (Negroes’) Stupidity, there is as little truth therein: divers of them being known and confessed by their Owners, to be extraordinary Ingenious, and even to exceed many of the English. And for the rest, they are much the same with other People, destitute of the means of knowledge, and wanting Education. Morgan Goodwyn
We beseech thee, upon these our American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee. To thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their Cause; to Thee do they look up, for that countenance & support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council, valour in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause. And if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O! let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their enerved hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, O God of Wisdom and direct the counsels of this honorable Assembly. Enable them to settle things upon the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, Our Saviour, Amen. Jacob Duche
The doctrine of representation is a large subject, and it is certain that it ought to be extended as far as wisdom and policy can allow; nor do I see that either of these forbid widows having property from voting, notwithstanding it has never been the practice either here or in England. Perhaps 'twas thought rather out of character for women to press into those tumultuous assemblages of men where the business of choosing representatives is conducted. Richard Henry Lee
Every government, to have a reasonable expectation of permanency, ought to be founded in truth, justice, and the reason of things. Our admirable constitution, the envy of Europe, is founded in injustice. Eight hundred individuals rule all, themselves accountable to none. Of these about 300 are born rulers, whether qualified or not. Of the others, a great many are said to be elected by a handful of beggars instead of the number and property, who have the right to be the electors. And of these pretended electors, the greatest part are obliged to choose the person nominated by some lord, or by the minister. James Burgh
No representation of the Colonies in parliament alone, would however be equivalent to a subordinate legislative among themselves; nor so well answer the ends of increasing their prosperity and the commerce of Great-Britain. It would be impossible for the Parliament to judge so well, of their abilities to bear taxes, impositions on trade, and other duties and burdens, or of the local laws that might be really needful, as a legislative here. James Otis
The virtue, spirit, and essence of a House of Commons consists in its being the express image of the feelings of the nation. It was not instituted to be a control upon the people, as of late it has been taught Edmund Burke
This you may … rely on, that none of them will ever submit to the loss of those valuable rights & privileges which are essential to the happiness of every free State, and without which, Life, Liberty & property are rendered totally insecure. George Washington
We would express to your Excellency the just Resentment which we feel at the Indignities offered to our worthy fellow Citizens in Boston and the frequent Violations of private property by the Soldiers under your Command. These Enormities committed by a Standing Army, in our opinion, unlawfully posted there in a time of Peace, are irritating in the greatest Degree, and if not remedied will endanger the involving all America in the Horrors of a civil War! Your Situation Sir is extremely critical. A rupture between the Inhabitants of the Province over which you preside and the Troops under your Command would produce Consequences of the most serious Nature: A Wound which would never be healed! It would probably establish Animosities between Great Britain & the Colonies which time would never eradicate! Samuel Adams
It is the opinion of this meeting, that we immediately cease to import all commodities from every part of the world, which are subjected by the British Parliament to the payment of duties in America. It is the opinion of this meeting, that these measures should be pursued until a repeal be obtained of the Act for blocking up the harbor of Boston; of the Acts prohibiting or restraining internal manufactures in America; of the Acts imposing on any commodities duties to be paid in America; and of the Act laying restrictions on the American trade Virginia Albemarle County
I have been surprised, as often as I have reflected, and really cannot devise any reason, why the Assembly should be so much averse to established rules for the regulation of their forces, which long experience in established armies fully evinces the necessity of. And my surprise is yet increased, when I consider how cautiously worded the act of Parliament is, to preserve the rights and liberties of the people against the arbitrary proceedings of the military officers. George Washington
In France, and other nations, the mere will of the Prince is Law, his word takes off any man's head, imposeth taxes, or seizes any man's estate …. In England the Law is both the measure and the bound of every Subject's duty and allegiance, each man having a fixed Fundamental Right born with him, as to freedom of his person and property in his estate, which he cannot be deprived of, but either by his consent, or some crime, for which the law has imposed such a penalty or forfeiture. William Penn
To maintain this Separation (from England) is to maintain the Religion, Liberty and Property of ourselves and our Posterity; to renounce it is to Sink into the lowest meanness and Slavery. May God remove every such thought from every American Breast! Welcome first the Life of the most uncivilized Savages! Welcome Death itself and everlasting Oblivion to our race! Continental Congress
I saw the need for an organization of disinterested patriots, composed of all classes and all Christian creeds, who would be ready to serve their country in any emergency. Rotha Lintorn-Orman; Rotha Beryl Lintorn Orman
We were the first constitutionally elected Fascists in England. Arnold Leese; Arnold Spencer-Leese
It was our fault, and our very great fault — and now we must turn it to use. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. Rudyard Kipling
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, border, nor breed, nor birth When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! Rudyard Kipling
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. Rudyard Kipling
For all we have and are, For all our children’s fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! Rudyard Kipling
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, They arrive at their conclusions — largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none: But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done. Rudyard Kipling
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it’s “Saviour of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot Rudyard Kipling
Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem — for purely religious purposes, of course — to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. Rudyard Kipling
The sympathy of India, deep and burning, for those passive resisters who were being dealt with by measures which could not for a moment be tolerated in any country that claims to be civilized. Lord Hardinge; Charles Hardinge
South African ministers are anxious to deal out fair treatment, but are hampered by public opinion…and a degree of racial prejudice of which they themselves, as individuals, are largely free. Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes; Lord Crewe
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. Arthur Balfour
In Natal our chief difficulty had not been to kill the rebellious natives, but to prevent our Colonists (who so thoroughly understood native wars) from killing too many of them. Winston Churchill
We cannot consent to purchase a shameful peace by leaving the coloured population in a position in which they stood before the war with not even the ordinary civil rights which the government of the Cape Colony has long conceded. Joseph Chamberlain
‘If you want Colonies for your Sons, vote Conservative!’ ‘To Vote for a Liberal is to Vote for a Boer!’ Conservative Party
There will be no fighting. We know that these fellows won’t fight. Joseph Chamberlain
Certainly let the black man have the franchise on the same terms as the white man, but while a Kaffir may make as good a Prime Minister as Lord Beaconsfield, for at least the next hundred years we shall not choose to be ruled by him. Anthony Trollope
We should be lords over them…these are the politics of South Africa. Cecil Rhodes
I am astonished at the strong feeling of dislike and contempt—I might almost say hatred—which the bulk of the whites have for their black neighbours. James Bryce
Unless we are prepared to use frequent force, we must put up with things being done…that the majority of people in this country do not approve. John Wodehouse; 1st Earl of Kimberley
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. William E. Gladstone
So long as the sun shines, the Transvaal will remain British territory. Garnet Joseph Wolseley
Plans are all based on the assumption that the land belongs to the white man and that the native was designed to be the settler’s servant. Garnet Joseph Wolseley
I cannot see anything but disaster in delaying to let the natives know that if the English government is non—aggressive it is so from a sense of justice, and from no want of power. Bartle Frere; Henry Bartle Edwards
If gold was found anywhere on the globe, that region would shortly be governed by English speakers. Charles Dilke
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. William E. Gladstone
The test of a good colonial policy is that it shall prepare colonies for independent self—government. William E. Gladstone
Annexation is an ugly word, and ugly deeds have been done under it—but the word need not frighten us and the deeds by no means be repeated. Henry Peljam Pelham-Clinton
The people desire to permit no equality between coloured people and white inhabitants, either in church or state. Transvaal
It is impossible for white men to live with the coloured races without adopting a conviction that…they have the right to command the services of the less civilized. John Scott
One Law for the Lion and the Ox is oppression. William Blake
Let us first render ourselves popular by mighty deeds, and afterwards we will speak of peace and clemency. In the disputes of others let us always put ourselves on the side of the stronger. If we would become rich in men and cattle, we cannot help making enemies; but they will not roar for ever. Moshoeshoe
It was the English who made the Hottentot free… And never, never, will there be security for the Griquas and the black natives of Africa until England continues to hold her hand over the whole country. Hendrik Hendriks
Afford the native tribes of Africa the protection of British arms against the aggression of Her Majesty’s subjects. John Russel
I advocate firm action against those of His Majesty’s subjects who have exterminated whole tribes of blacks. Andries Stockenstrom
Much as I lament the fate of these misguided men, it was not to be expected that the Natives of the countries adjacent to the Colony would suffer themselves to be overrun by those invaders. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
The British nation will never consent either to allow the emigrants, to perish from want or the sword, or to permit them to attack and slaughter the natives of the countries they invade. George Thomas Napier
The same motives have, in all ages, compelled the strong to encroach on the weak, and the powerful and unprincipled to wrest by force or fraud, from the comparatively feeble and defenseless, wealth or property or dominion, richer pastures, more numerous herds, and a wider range of territory—opportunities for uncontrolled self—indulgence and freedom from the restraints of law and settled society. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
…to the assumption…that an enlargement of the British dominion in the Southern Africa is a national advantage, I find myself unable to assent. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
The Xhosa have been beaten just enough to increase their caution, to improve their knowledge of war, and to teach them safer and more efficacious ways of attacking us. Charles Bunbury
Let me tell you this—and you may rely upon it, my dear friend—we will never again see the day when under British rule different degrees of rights and privileges will exist for different classes of His Majesty’s subjects. Andries Stockenstrom
In order to assist unemployed workmen, in removing to one of our colonies…the not inconsiderable sum of 50,000 pounds would be set aside to subsidize emigration to the Cape, where from the mildness of the climate and the fertility of the soil in these parts, a rapid and abundant return may reasonably be expected. Nicholas Vansittart
Societies faced with bewildering changes, and feeling old certainties threatened, are open to new cults. Frank Welsh
God punish England (Gott strafe England) Germany
The German voting system is the freest in the world, much freer than the French, English, or American system, because not only does it operate in accordance with the principle that every one shall have a direct and secret vote, but the powers of the State are exercised faithfully and conscientiously to carry out that principle in practice. The constitutional life of the German Nation is of a thoroughly democratic character. Karl Gottfried Lamprecht
The waters around Great Britain and Ireland, including the whole English Channel, are declared a war zone on and after Feb. 18, 1915. Every enemy merchant ship found in this war zone will be destroyed, even if it is impossible to avert dangers which threaten the crew and passengers. Also neutral ships in the war zone are in danger, as in consequence of the misuse of neutral flags ordered by the British Government on Jan. 31, and in view of the hazards of naval warfare, it cannot always be avoided that attacks meant for enemy ships endanger neutral ships. Germany
In the dispensation of justice, no distinction is to be admitted, whether between the man of wealth or the poor man, the master or the slave, the European or the Hottentot. John Cradock
There is perhaps no nation on earth…that produces so fine a race of men as the Kaffers. John Barrow
The ruling Passion of the Dutchman is Avarice. Of literature they know nothing, and they are seldom seen with a book. Roger Curtis
…the ignorance, the credulity, and the stupid pride of the people, particularly the Boers. The most absurd ideas as to their strength and importance are prevalent among them, nor indeed is there any opinion on any subject too ridiculous…not to be adopted by them. James Henry Craig
…cold and rude slaves would hardly consider privation of life as a punishment, unless accompanied by such cruel circumstances as greatly aggravate their bodily suffering. South Africa
The English have found to their detriment how impolitic it is to oppress their subjects. Barend Jared Artoys
Attacking women and children was both wrong and counter—productive. Honoratus Maynier
I thought about the treaties made by Wm. Pitt with the inhabitants of America… I flattered myself that since I wished to emulate the Quaker in sincerity, the Kaffers would follow the example of the American Indians. Joachim van Plettenberg
The only way in which a European union, embracing Britain but excluding eastern Europe, could become economically healthy would be develop the closest sort of trading relationships either with this hemisphere or with Africa. George F. Kennan
Lord Loudoun, so it turns out, never even visited Virginia though he had been named our governor.   But that was the least of his sins.   Despite being in America for only two short years, from 1756 when he was appointed military commander of all the British troops in North America to 1758 when he was fired, he managed to leave quite a trail of debris behind him.   And because our county was formed in 1757, we got stuck with his name. David Walliams
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Oh Castlereagh! Thou art a patriot now; Thou cutt’st thy throat that Britain may be saved! Posterity will ne’er survey a nobler grave than this; Here lie the bones of Castlereagh: Stop, traveler. Lord George Gordon
We conceive the recovery of her colonies by Spain to be hopeless,,, We aim not at the possession of any portion of them ourselves. We could not see any portion of them transferred to any other power with indifference. George Canning
The deed is done, the nail is driven, Spanish America is free; and if we do not mismanage our affairs sadly, she is English George Canning
The thing is so done... The Yankees will shout in triumph; but it is they who lose most by our decision. The great danger of the time – a danger which the policy of the European System would have fostered – was a division of the world into European and American, republican and Monarchical; a league of worn-out governments, on the one had, and of youthful and stirring nations, with the United States at their head, on the other. We slip in between; and plant ourselves in Mexico. The United States have gotten the start of us in vain; and we link once more America to Europe. Six months more – and the mischief would have been done. George Canning
The conservation of monarchy in any portion of South America will tend to break the shock of that inevitable divorce by which the New World is about to be divided by the Old... But as to putting it forward, as a project or proposition of ours, that is out of the question. Monarchy in Mexico, and monarchy in Brazil, would cure the evils of universal democracy, and prevent the drawing of the line which I almost dread – America versus Europe. The United States, naturally enough, aim at this division and cherish the democracy which leads to it. George Canning
The respective classes of inhabitants began to feel that they had equal rights, and as the coloured population so far exceeded the white, the safety of the latter was threatened. C. M. Rickets
the avowed pretension of the United States, to put themselves at the head of the confederacy of all the Americas, and to sway that confederacy against Europe (Great Britain included), is not a pretension identified with our interests, or one that we can countenance or tolerate. It is, however, a pretension which there is no use in contesting in the abstract; but we must not say anything that seems to admit this principle. George Canning
If the House does not reform itself, it will be reformed from outside with a vengeance. Thomas Cochrane
A British nobleman is a free man, and therefore has a right to adopt any country which is endeavoring to reestablish the rights of aggrieved humanity Thomas Cochrane
My chief weapon is public opinion: The Spaniards, incapable of directing it, have prohibited its use; but now they are experiencing its force and importance. Jose de San Martin
You know that independence is purchased at the point of the bayonet. Know also that liberty is founded on good faith, and on the laws of honor, and that those who infringe upon these, are your only enemies, amongst whom you will never find Lord Cochrane Thomas Cochrane
The present national situation is such that the man who becomes its leader has no alternative to a complete dependence on one single faction, save the complete renunciation of authority, The last is what I choose Jose de San Martin
Now I am a private citizen, During the time of my government I have wielded almost absolute powers. I ask you to believe me that whatever wrongs I may have done have been the result of difficult conditions in which it was my lot to govern, and not the fruit of evil passions. I am ready to answer any accusations you wish to make against me. And if the wrongs I have done can be purged by my blood, then take of me the vengeance you will. Here is my breast! Bernardo O'Higgins
My experience and what scant understanding of politics I possess have convinced me that our peoples will only find well-being under compulsion; but my repugnance for compulsion is so great that I am loath to employ it even to achieve their well-being. Bernardo O'Higgins
I have solemnly renounced all political power. I shall never reassume it – never – even should the votes of the nation seek to restore me to it. This I have publicly declared and I do not go back on my word. Bernardo O'Higgins
The war in the Pacific having been happily terminated by the total destruction of the Spanish naval force, I am, of course, free for the crusade of liberty in any other quarter of the globe. Thomas Cochrane
England is the model from which impeachment has been borrowed. Alexander Hamilton
He… hath traitorously endeavored to subvert the Fundamental Law and Government of the Realms… and in stead thereof, to introduce Arbitrary and Tyrannical Government against Law English Parliament
Lord chancellors and judges and other magistrates have not only been impeached for bribery, and acting grossly contrary to the duties of their office, but for misleading their sovereign by unconstitutional opinions, and for attempts to subvert the fundamental laws and introduce arbitrary power. Joseph Story
… procuring offices for persons who were unfit, and unworthy of them … squandering away the public treasure English Parliament
… high crimes and misdemeanors … English Parliament
The young man who is moved in any way to contemplate an entry into public life … learns first of all to understand that there are two great political organizations, with one of which he must associate himself, learning and echoing its catch-words, accepting its leadership, and steeping himself in the belief that in it are wisdom and truth while the other party is void of both Leonard Henry Courtney
The price of peace is eternal vigilance. Leonard Henry Courtney
There are three kind of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli
Know that we have permitted tournaments to be held in England in five places; …. Yet so that the peace of our land be not broken, nor justice hindered, nor damage to our forests …. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
If any one is convicted of theft, let his head by shaved …; let melted pitch be poured upon it, and feathers shaken over it, that he may be known … let him be set on shore at the first land to which the ship approaches. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
All woolen cloths shall everywhere be made of the same breadth, two ells within the lifts …. The ell shall be of the same length over all the kingdom …. No merchant in and part of the Kingdom of England shall stretch before his shop or booth a red or black cloth, or any other thing, by which the sight of buyers is frequently deceived in the choice of good cloth ….. In all cities and burghs, 4 to 6 men, according to the size of the place, shall be appointed to enforce the observation of these regulations by seizing the persons and goods of those who transgress them. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
None ... shall play at any kind of game for money, except knights and clerks. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
I am anti-ideological. Ideology destroys your freedom. It binds you to the herd. Martin Amis
The British civil service ... is a beautifully designed and effective braking mechanism. Shirley Williams
A centre party would have no roots, no principles, no philosophy and no values. Shirley Williams
The submission of free people to the executive authority of government, is no more than a compliance with laws which they themselves have enacted. Junius; Philip Francis
We lament the mistakes of a good man, and do not begin to detest him until he affects to renounce his principles. Junius; Philip Francis
We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights, which they have delivered to our care: we owe it to our posterity, not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed. Junius; Philip Francis
Loyalty, in the heart and understanding of an Englishman, is a rational attachment to the guardian of the laws. Junius; Philip Francis
Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment. Leonard Wibberley
The young man who is moved in any way to contemplate an entry into public life, whose creed is not in absolute inheritance from his fathers, learns first of all to understand that there are two great political organizations, with one of which he must associate himself, learning and echoing its catch-words, accepting its leadership, and steeping himself in the belief that in it are wisdom and truth while the other party is void of both. It is not everyone whose ductile mind takes him through this training, and a goodly number of up-growing men of not the worst promise for the future have to step aside. Leonard Henry Courtney
The world revolves on its axis subject to the Constitution of the United States, and the most Radical newspaper man in London Leonard Henry Courtney
We may blunder on in spite of repeated miscalculations of the popular will Leonard Henry Courtney
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. Junius; Philip Francis
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. Junius; Philip Francis
The injustice to an individual is sometimes of service to the public. Facts are apt to alarm us more than the most dangerous principles. Junius; Philip Francis
I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter. Junius; Philip Francis
The liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman. Junius; Philip Francis
The right of election is the very essence of the English constitution. Junius; Philip Francis
One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, today is doctrine. Junius; Philip Francis
… they seem to be such as would not swear, whore, nor be drunk, but they would lie, cozen and deceive. John Lambe
India’s great curse is caste; but English education has already proved a tremendous power in leveled the injurious distinctions of caste Keshub Chunder Sen
Margaret Thatcher effected profound change in the society and for that she became very unpopular. Jeremy Paxman
The British judiciary is one of the most corrupt in the world because of politically active judges Ken Livingstone
The combined Gross Domestic Product of forty-eight countries is less than the wealth of the three richest people in the world. Fifteen billionaires have assets greater than the total national income of Africa, south of the Sahara. Thirty-two people own more than the annual income of everyone who lives in South Asia. Ken Coates
Moderates behind whom Red Fascism spreads. Keith Joseph
The fanatics should know that we hold our beliefs just as deeply as they hold theirs. Tony Blair
The people’s priorities are our priorities. The people’s concerns are our concerns. Tony Blair
There can be no friends more benevolent than the British. Kemal Ataturk
The malignity and inhumanity of the Greek military authorities are undisguised. Arnold J. Toynbee
The British can not alone act as the policemen of the world. Andrew Bonar Law
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
I am not ordering you to fight for your country. I am ordering you to die for your country! Kemal Ataturk
If the Blackshirts movement had any need of justification, the Red Hooligans who savagely and systematically tried to wreck Sir Oswald Mosley's huge and magnificently successful meeting at Olympia last night would have supplied it. They got what they deserved. Olympia has been the scene of many assemblies and many great fights, but never had it offered the spectacle of so many fights mixed up with a meeting. Ward Price
Daily Heil Anonymous
Hitler was the right and logical leader for the German people, it would be a tragedy if he was overthrown. Edward VIII
Even if the Peace of Lausanne is not perfect peace...the great relief that peace affords is quite likely to give the mentality of the Turks a new turn. Horace Rumbold
Political Islam is exclusive in its claims. Andrew Mango
Sometimes the only way you conquer the pull of power is to set it down. Tony Blair
I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That's your call Tony Blair
I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place. Gordon Brown
The British have never felt America to be a foreign land. Elizabeth II
We've had administrations where our State Department was an outpost of the British Foreign Office for altogether too long. Walter H. Judd
A very goodly Bay … that may have the prerogative over the most pleasant places of Europe, Asia, Africa or America for large and pleasant navigable rivers. Heaven and Earth have never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation. John Smith
This land was our land; it was taken from us illegally …. John Smith did not bring a civilization here. There was already civilization here…. We should have burned the boat and killed them. all. Sewell Fitzhugh
…if you suffer the Englishmen to dwell in your midst, their diseases and poisons shall destroy you utterly and you shall die. Neolin
Thou deputy of Pleimont and Boston, paint our words on paper and send them to those on whom thou art dependant; and say to them that all the allied Savages dwelling on the river Kenebek hate firewater…; and that if the English have any more of it brought hither to sell to the Savages, the latter will believe the English wish to exterminate them. Abenaki Tribe
The Voices of freedom live : newspapers of the allies published in Britain Anonymous
Dig for victory : for their sake -- grow your own vegetables. Anonymous
I do not exaggerate in designating the present state of affairs in the Southern country as a reign of terror. Persons are torn away from their residences and pursuits…letters are opened at the Post Offices; discussion upon slavery is entirely prohibited under penalty of expulsion…The Northern merchants and travelers are leaving in great numbers. Robert Bunch
I am deeply concerned about Iraq…. At present we are paying eight millions a year for the privilege of living on an ungrateful volcano out of which we are in no circumstances to get anything worth having …. There is scarcely a single newspaper --Tory, Liberal or Labour -- which is not consistently hostile to our remaining in this country… any alternative Government that might be formed here - Labour, Die-hard or Wee Free - would gain popularity by ordering instant evacuation. Moreover in my own heart I do not see what we are getting out of it.. Winston Churchill
I believe in the sacred mission of art to change history. Nancy Cunard
In the museum, next to the dinosaurs---that’s where the monarchy should go. Jimi Hendrix
We have tried voluntary codes and we have tried free markets, but they have not worked, so we need to try something else. Legislation is not a panacea for all the inequalities in the workplace, but it will go a long way towards stopping them. Effective employment legislation is needed Jimi Hendrix
If Voting Changed Anything They’d Abolish It Ken Livingstone
I fear that the Polish clergy are fundamentally anti-Semitic. Victor Cavendish-Bentinck
No Person or Body in this Province has any Right to make publick his Majesty’s Commands to me, signified by a Secretary of State, further than I shall think proper, and as I conceive it may be very prejudicial to his Majesty’s Service to publish those Letters, I do therefore notify the same to you, and do hereby forbid you to publish the same. Robert Hunter (governer)
The central fact which dominates the relations of Jew and non-Jew is that the Jew is 'different'. He looks different. He thinks differently. He has a different tradition and background. He refuses to be absorbed. Winston Churchill
Slavery is so vile and miserable estate of man and so directly opposite to the generous temper and courage of our nation. John Locke
I have been commanded by the king [Charles I] to adjourn and put no question to this house. John Finch
If we do not want third parties to take the action against wrongdoing regimes in our hemisphere, then sooner or later we must keep order ourselves. Theodore Roosevelt
As for life within a Legislature,— who can tell how warped and bent and twisted, and accommodated to the exigencies of party struggle become the faculties of belief? Leonard Henry Courtney
What a jolly awakening there will be some few years hence, when the inevitable argument of experience will show us a nation contradicting itself through the voices of its chosen representatives! Leonard Henry Courtney
We have the heaviest concentration of lawyers on Earth—one for every five-hundred Americans; three times as many as are in England, four times as many as are in West Germany, twenty-one times as many as there are in Japan. We have more litigation, but I am not sure that we have more justice. No resources of talent and training in our own society, even including the medical care, is more wastefully or unfairly distributed than legal skills. Ninety percent of our lawyers serve 10 percent of our people. We are over-lawyered and under-represented. Jimmy Carter
The view held by many English people about Mesopotamia is that the local inhabitants will welcome us because we have saved them from the Turks, and that the country only needs developing to repay a large expenditure of English lives and English money. Neither of these ideals will bear much examination... From the political point of view we are asking the Arab to exchange his pride and independence for a little Western civilization, the profits of which must be largely absorbed by the expenses of administration. London Times
It is the hope of the British Government that the aspirations of your philosophers and writers shall be realized once again, that the people of Baghdad shall flourish, and shall enjoy their wealth and substance under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws and with their racial ideals... It is the hope and desire of the British people... that the Arab race may rise once more to greatness and renown amongst the peoples of the Earth... Therefore I am commanded to invite you, through your Nobles and Elders and Representatives, to participate in the management of your civil affairs in collaboration with the Political Representative of Great Britain... so that you may unite with your kinsmen in the North, East, South and West, in realizing the aspirations of your Race. Frederick Stanley Maude
Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. … It is not the wish of our government to impose upon you alien institutions. Frederick Stanley Maude
… ready to riot and slay for the sake of fanaticism …. detesting Europeans with a bigoted, foolish, senseless hatred … Mark Sykes
Princes have big ears which hear far and near. Elizabeth I
If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought George Orwell Blair
Our new constitution is founded principally on those of England and the United States of America, but avoiding the faults and errors of both, and adapted as much as possible to the local and particular circumstances of the country Stanislaus Augustus
Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? … Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand. Neil Kinnock
That sort of fundamentalism which treats possession of private property not as a desirable economic and personal asset but as a condition of liberty is a form of primitive religion. Neil Kinnock
Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics. Neil Kinnock
The House of Lords must go—not be reformed, not be replaced, not be reborn in some nominated life-after-death patronage paradise, just closed down, abolished, finished. Neil Kinnock
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced. But I am sorry to say that of late it has been so much hackneyed about that it is in danger of falling into disgrace. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. Robert Walpole; 1st Earl of Oxford
Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality. George Orwell Blair
There is a myth that though we love freedom, others don’t---that our attachment to freedom is a product of our culture---that freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law are American values or Western values. Member of Congress, they are not Western values. They are universal values of the human spirit. Tony Blair
If we Americans are too concerned about freedom and liberty, it is because we have read too much of John Locke and Adam Smith. Woodrow Wilson
The political battle is between big money combines who spend a thousand pounds or more on every constituency they fight… when they speak democracy, they don't mean government by the people...they mean financial democracy, in which money counts and nothing but money. Oswald Mosley
England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. William Pitt the Younger
If you stay here much longer, you'll all get slitty-eyed Prince Philip
For conservation to be successful it is necessary to take into consideration that it is a characteristic of man that he can only be relied upon to do anything consistently which is in his own interest. He may have occasional fits of conscience and moral rectitude but otherwise his actions are governed by self-interest. It follows then that whatever the moral reasons for conservation it will only be achieved by the inducement of profit or pleasure. Prince Philip
Freedom is a great horse to ride, but you have to know your destination Matthew Arnold
All nations that are liberal of naturalization toward strangers are fit for empire. Francis Bacon
… lame duck Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
He spent his time in shooting, singing, dancing, wrestling, casting of the bar, playing at the recorders, flute, virginals, in setting songs and making ballads. Anonymous
The Boers are not like the Sudanese who stood up for a fair fight, they are always running away on their little ponies. Horatio Herbert Kitchener
I should think the souls of the Africans would sit heavily on the swords of the Americans. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York, in time a Vergil at Mexico, and a Newton at Peru. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
Our supreme governors, the mob. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
No future life could heal the degradation of having been a woman. Religion in the world had nothing but insults for women. Dorothy Miller Richardson
Forever behind a woman is the mediaeval English common law which places upon her the stigma of inferiority and bondage M. Carey Thomas
My mind shrank from the menace sweeping down on us, … vainly clinging to the fancy that great disasters only happen to other people. Sylvia Pankhurst
Chamberlain and Halifax were more afraid of the spread of Communism than they were of Hitler or Mussolini. William Francis Hare
Traditional African tribal government was entirely different from Parliamentary democracy in the sense that we understand it. The essence of our system is we can change our Government, and therefore change or even reverse the policy it is pursuing, without bloodshed or violence, by the simple process of persuading our fellow citizens to put their vote in the ballot box. But once a Chief, after fullest consultation with his Council, had arrived at a decision, any further argument or opposition became treasonable. That is why in Africa you can never have a "loyal opposition". It follows from this that when the multi-party system of Parliamentary Government has been tried out in Africa, it has almost always become one-party rule. William Francis Hare
We cannot, if we would, delude ourselves about the true state of this dreadful contest. It is a religious war. Edmund Burke
If this trade --- slavery --- admits of a moral or a rational justification, every crime, even the most atrocious, may be justified. John Wesley
No black mankinde may be forced to serve a master for longer than ten years, after which they would be free, as the manner is with English servants. Rhode Island
I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men Isaac Newton
England has become the habitation of outsiders and the dominion of foreigners. Today, no Englishman is earl, bishop, or abbot, and newcomers gnaw away at the riches and very innards of England; nor is there any hope for an end of this misery. William of Malmsbury; William Somerset
The army causes taxes, the taxes cause discontents, & the discontents are alleged to make an army necessary. William Pulteney
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man. William Penn
It is to the middle class we must look for the safety of England. William Makepeace Thackeray
The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts: but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do? William Makepeace Thackeray
Good humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society. William Makepeace Thackeray
The natural alliance is between ourselves and the great German Empire. Joseph Chamberlain
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. Neville Chamberlain
I know that I have been denounced as a traitor and I resent the accusation, as I conceive myself to have been guilty of no underhand or deceitful act against Britain, although I am also able to understand the resentment that my broadcasts have, in many quarters, aroused. William Joyce
The people of England will curse themselves for having preferred ruin from Churchill to peace from Hitler. William Joyce
A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches by those to whom excise tax is paid. Samuel Johnson
Among the calamities of war, may he justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages. Samuel Johnson
Every society has a right to preserve public peace and order, and therefore has a good right to prohibit the propagation of opinions which have a dangerous tendency. Samuel Johnson
Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt. Samuel Johnson
Reprisals are an exception to the general rule of equity, that an innocent person ought not to suffer for the guilty. Oxford Laws of War on Land Convention
One of the jobs of a stand-up comedienne is to expose hypocrisy. Omid Djalili
The free press is good on major disasters like classic famines, but it tolerates chronic hunger as much as anyone else. Frances J. Stewart
See, I have taken England with both my hands William I; William the Conqueror
If newspapers were written by people whose sole object in writing was to tell the truth about politics and the truth about art we should not believe in war, and we should believe in art. Virginia Woolf
It is not easy to write a familiar style. Many people mistake a familiar for a vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random. On the contrary, there is nothing that requires more precision, and, if I may so say, purity of expression, than the style I am speaking of. It utterly rejects not only all unmeaning pomp, but all low, cant phrases, and loose, unconnected, slipshod allusions. It is not to take the first word that offers, but the best word in common use; it is not to throw words together in any combinations we please, but to follow and avail ourselves of the true idiom of the language. William Hazlitt
The Tory is one who is governed by sense and habit alone. He considers not what is possible, but what is real; he gives might the preference over right. He cries long life to the conqueror, and is ever strong upon the stronger side—the side of corruption and prerogative. William Hazlitt
Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill. William Hazlitt
In the Prime Minister, we have a man who has forfeited the right to be believed or to be trusted. William Hague
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. William E. Gladstone
The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of our island. William Blackstone
The House of Peers, throughout the war Did nothing in particular And did it very well. William Gilbert
Don’t think that intelligence stops with allies. Marthe Cohn
The fact that you needed to know was not known at the time that the now known need to know, was known. Therefore, those that needed to advise and inform the Home Secretary perhaps felt the information he needed as to whether to inform the highest authority of the known information was not yet known and therefore there was no authority for the authority to be informed because the need to know was not, at that time, known or needed. Jonathan Lynn; Antony Jay
The precise correlation between the information you communicated, and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems, of sufficient magnitude as to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear. Jonathan Lynn; Antony Jay
Computer games don’t affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive music. Marcus Brigstocke
Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. Arthur C. Clarkee
The Regulars are coming out! Paul Revere
I want to question the blood holier-than-thou attitudes of the Americans and the British. Are these bastards God-appointed guardians of the world to stockpile hundreds of thousands of nuclear warheads and have they God-given authority to carry out explosions every month? If we start a modest programme, we are the Satans, the devils… Abdul Qadeer Khan
Take up the White Man's burden— In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain, To seek another's profit And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill All the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling
My own prediction is that the Iraqis will all fly at each other’s throats and that there will be a bad slump in the administration that will continue until someone strong enough to dominate the country emerges, or, alternatively, until we have to step in and intervene. Kinahan Cornwallis
We should never get out of Iraq without wrenching something, such as the national honour or the interests of bondholders. Clement Attlee
Iraq may be able to run along in a corrupt, inefficient, oriental sort of way, something better than she was under Turkish rule…. If this is the result, even though it be not a very splendid one, we shall have built better than we know. Henry Robert Conway Dobbs
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Winston Churchill
The Arab Freedom Movement is, in the Middle East, our natural ally against England. In this connection, the raising of rebellion in Iraq is of special importance. Adolf Hitler
I do not think it right that either my men or his should perish in conflict over a quarrel that is none of their making. I am therefore ready to risk my life against his in single combat to decide whether the kingdom of England should by right be his or mine. William I; William the Conqueror
The alliance between church and state in England, has ever made their judges accomplice in the frauds of the clergy. Thomas Jefferson
The Law of Moses became the font and spring of constitutional government. William Blackstone
Commonwealth Annie Besant
The great aim of our education is to bring out of the child who comes into our hands every faculty that he brings with him, and then to try to win that child to turn all his abilities, his powers, his capacities, to the helping and serving of the community which is a part. Annie Besant
Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a Nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by the arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. Annie Besant
Prime Minister Anonymous
British authorities in Haifa have formed the impression that total evacuation is being urged on the Haifa Arabs from higher Arab quarters and that the townsfolk themselves are against it. Alan Gordon Cunningham
If there is much understanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilization owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure which stems, I think, from the straightjacket of history which we have inherited…. we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society and system of believe, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own society. Prince Charles
I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor. George Bernard Shaw
Why did you send that fool with the umbrella to talk to Hitler?. Why didn't you send a man? Henry Ford
You aren’t quite serious in America yet. You haven’t got the war right under your chins. H. G. Wells
You can scarcely imagine the beauty and magnificence of the palaces we burnt. It made one’s heart sore just to burn them; in fact, those palaces were so large, and we were so pressed for time, that we could not plunder them carefully. Charles George Chinese Gordon
One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England. Glenn T. Seaborg
The desire to build a risk-free society has always been a sign of decadence. It has meant that the nation has given up, that it no longer believes in its destiny, that it has ceased to aspire to greatness, and has retired from history to pet itself. Henry Fairlie
Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right, and you turned out to be wrong. George Galloway
I ask you, men of all classes, to come forward voluntarily, and take your share in the fight. George V
A policy of humanity; a policy not of party, sect or creed; but of justice, of reason and mercy Clarion
Socialism is a scientific scheme of national organization, entirely wise, just, and practical. It is a kind of national cooperation. Its programme consists, essentially, of one demand, that the land, and all other instruments of production and exchange, shall be the common property of the nation, and shall be used and managed by the nation for the nation. Robert Blatchford
Socialists do not propose by a single Act of Parliament, nor by a sudden revolution, to put all men on an equality, and compel them to remain so. Socialism is not a wild dream of a happy land, where the apples will drop off the trees into our open mouths, the fish come out ot the rivers and fry themselves for dinner, and the looms turn out ready-made suits of velvet with gold buttons, without the trouble of coaling the engine. Neither is it a dream of a nation of stained-glass angels, who always love their neighbours better than themselves, and who never need to work unless they wish. Robert Blatchford
Comprising the sum of foreign intelligence, with the affairs now on foot in the three nations: England, Scotland & Ireland. For information of the people. Published by order of Parliament Mercurius Politicus
We do not know whether the present House of Commons will be prepared to do justice to women. A few months ago there can be little doubt that it would, and nothing that has since happened supplies any adequate reason for a change of purpose. The follies and excesses of a small section of women, deeply resented and regretted by the vast majority of women, ought not to be allowed to weigh in the balance against a claim which has been admitted to be just. Charles Prestwich Scott
Your petitioners most sadly weighing the present wretched condition of this divided nation; and having too just cause to fear the bitter and fatal consequences of a civil war already broken out amongst us even to the effusion of abundance of blood in several parts of this kingdom, out of piety towards God and pity towards men; do humbly represent unto your lordships the great and unhappy divisions both in church and state of which the bloody rebels in Ireland take advantage, the common safety is infested and endangered, the face of religion is greatly disfigured, commerce and trade the only support of this City exceedingly impaired, whereof none can be equally sensible with us; those with whom we trade in most parts of this, and the kingdom of Ireland much disabled and impoverished by the violence and rapine of soldiers, some of them totally despoiled, others fearing the like measure, the multitude of poor people in and about this City (who by reason of cessation of trade want employment and consequently bread) infinitely abound; sadness of heart, famine, misery, and utter ruin attend us and the whole nation in this condition; besides two great armies being almost at an interview in the bowels of the kingdom ready for another fearful encounter unless a happy mutual concurrence of his majesty, your lordships, and the honourable House of Commons speedily intervene. Anonymous
On Tuesday morning a large group of women came and. demanded, peace .The next day they came again in a far greater number... they became unruly and many women were killed by the trained guard. Thomas Knyvett
We have lived a long time.... without war... We have had peace when all the world has been in arms... It is … a thing most horrible that we should engage ourself in war with another.... With our own venom... we will destroy ourself. Henry Slingsby
I never did begin the war with the two Houses of Parliament... They began war upon me... if anybody will look at the dates of what happened... they will see clearly that they began these unhappy troubles, not I... therefore I tell you I am the martyr of the people. Charles I
I must let you know that I will not let any of my ministers be questioned by you... Charles I
King William and the chief men loved gold and silver and did not care how sinfully it was obtained provided it came to them. He did not care at all how wrongfully his men got possession of land nor how many illegal acts they did. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
In his anger William ordered that all crops and herds... and food of every kind should be brought together and burned to ashes, so that the whole region north of Humber might be stripped of all means of survival. Ordericus Vitalis
The king of England, though in certain respects he is not as religious as we would wish, still shows himself to be more acceptable than other kings... he neither destroys nor sells the churches of God.. and he bound priests by oath to dismiss their wives. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
In the event of a victory over Germany by Soviet Russia and England, Bolshevism in Europe would inevitably follow. Under these circumstances I would prefer to see Germany win the war. I feel that an understanding could be reached (with Germany) which would result in a lasting peace with Europe and believe that a German victory is preferable to a British and Soviet victory. Aristide Briand
In ancient days the darkest moment has ever produced in men of our race the sternest resolve. George V
To enable our country to organize more effectively its military resources in the present great struggle for the cause of civilization, I have, acting on the advice of my Ministers, deemed it necessary to enroll every able-bodied man between the ages of eighteen and forty-one George V
I was honestly willing to accept compulsory military service, provided that the voluntary system had first been tried out, and had failed to supply the men needed and who could still be spared from industry, and were numerically worth troubling about. Charles Prestwich Scott
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. David Lloyd George
Every newspaper lives by appealing to a particular public. It can only go ahead of its times if it carries its public with it. Success in journalism depends on understanding the public. New Statesman
We are told that International Socialism is dead, that all our hopes and ideals are wrecked by the fire and pestilence and European war. It is not true. Out of the darkness and the depth we hail our working-class comrades of every land. Across the roar of guns, we send sympathy and greeting to the German Socialists. They have laboured unceasingly to promote good relations with Britain, as we with Germany. They are no enemies of ours, but faithful friends. Independent Labour Party
There we were, men who a few years before had been scorned, some of us in jail and many more of us very near it, now being the men to whom the people pinned their faith. David Kirkwood
There has been no crime committed by statesmen of this character without those statesman appealing to the nations' honour. We fought the Crimean War because of our honour. We rushed to South Africa because of out honour. The Right Hon. Gentleman (Sir Edward Grey) is appealing to us today because of our honour. What is the use of talking about coming to the aid of Belgium, when, as a matter of fact, you are engaging in a whole European War which is now going to leave the map of Europe in the position it is in now? James Ramsay MacDonald
The European conflict shall not be continued by economic war after the military operations have ceased. British policy shall be directed toward promoting free commercial intercourse between all nations … Union of Democratic Control
Women are unfit for parliament and parliament is unfit for them. Mary Kingsley
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. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
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. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
I have the greatest sympathy with the growth of the socialist party. I think they understand the evils that surround us and hammer them into people's minds better than we Liberals. I want to see the Liberal party throw its heart and soul fearlessly into reform so as to prevent a reaction from the present state of things and the violent revolution that would inevitably follow it. Charles Trevelyan
However overwhelming the victory of our navy, our commerce will suffer terribly. In war too, the first productive energies of the whole people have to be devoted to armaments. Cannon are a poor industrial exchange for cotton. We shall suffer a steady impoverishment as the character of our work exchanges. All this I felt so strongly that I cannot count the cause adequate which is to lead to this misery. So I have resigned. Charles Trevelyan
I represent a constituency swarming with Irish Catholics. I would rather lose my seat than give the priesthood a bigger power in the schools. I am absolutely determined that the Labour Party shall not get into the hands of any religion, least of all Catholic. Charles Trevelyan
Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium Philip Guedalla
I lay before you an act of the British Parliament anticipating this subject so far as to authorize a mutual abolition of the duties and countervailing duties permitted under the treaty of 1794. It shows on their part a spirit of justice and friendly accommodation which it is our duty and our interest to cultivate with all nations. Whether this would produce a due equality in the navigation between the two countries is a subject for your consideration. Thomas Jefferson
But the time will come when New England will be as thickly peopled as old England. Wages will be as low, and will fluctuate as much with you as with us… hundreds of thousands of artisans will assuredly be sometimes out of work. Then your institutions will be fairly brought to the test. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The one class you do not belong to and are not proud of at all is the lower-middle class. No one ever describes himself as belonging to the lower-middle class. George Mikes
All shall equal be. The Earl, the Marquis, and the Dook, The Groom, the Butler, and the Cook, The Aristocrat who banks with Coutts, The Aristocrat who cleans the boots. William Gilbert
I shall not vote because I do not aspire to advise my sovereign on the choice of her servants. Evelyn Waugh
We must be thoroughly democratic and patronize everybody without distinction of class. George Bernard Shaw
Give women the vote, and in five years there will be a crushing tax on bachelors. George Bernard Shaw
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw
I do not wish them to have power over men; but over themselves. Mary Wollstonecraft
The right divine of kings to govern wrong. Alexander Pope
The king has been very good to me. He promoted me from a simple maid to be a marchioness. Then he raised me to be a queen. Now he will raise me to be a martyr. Anne Boleyn
And see the confluence of dreams That clashed together in our night, One river born of many streams Roll in one blaze of blinding light! George William Russell
It much grieves me that I should be noted a traitor when I always had your laws on my breast, and that I should be a sacramentary. God he knoweth the truth, and that I am of the one and the other guiltless. Thomas Cromwell
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Edward Heath
Those who perpetrate these brutal acts against our people should know that they are not going to change our way of life. Elizabeth II
The third absolute right, inherent in every Englishman . . . of property: which consists in the free use, enjoyment and disposal of all his acquisitions, without any control or diminution, save only by the laws of the land William Blackstone
Though in many other countries everything is left in the breast of the Judge to determine, yet with us he is only to declare and pronounce, not to make or new-model the law. William Blackstone
When the British people were asked what was the most important thing that the country had ever done, winning World War II came second. Establishing the National Health Service came first. John Reid
In the criminal justice system, the law-abiding citizen comes first. Tony Blair
Being responsible, I will direct, and will be responsible for nothing that I do not direct. William Pitt the Younger
The gentleman asks, when were the colonies emancipated? But I desire to know, when were they made slaves William Pitt the Younger
When two countries are connected together, like England and her colonies, without being incorporated, the one must necessarily govern; the greater must rule the less; but so rule it, as not to contradict the fundamental principles that are common to both. William Pitt the Younger
Sorry I am to hear the liberty of speech in this house, imputed as a crime. No gentleman ought to be afraid to exercise it. It is a liberty by which the gentleman who calumniates it might have profited, and by which he ought to have profited. William Pitt the Younger
My Lord, I am sure I can save this country, and no one else can William Pitt the Younger
There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. William Pitt the Younger
If we mean seriously to unite the nation within itself, we must convince them that their complaints are regarded, that their injuries shall be redressed. On that foundation I would take the lead in recommending peace and harmony to the people. On any other, I would never wish to see them united again. If the breach in the Constitution be effectually repaired, the people will of themselves return to a state of tranquillity; if not, may discord prevail forever William Pitt the Younger
Suppose, Sir, the Soldiers of our Army were all such as had served a Campaign or two against a publick Enemy; is it from hence to be inferred, that they must for ever after live idly, and be maintained at the Expense of their Country William Pitt the Younger
When trade is at stake it is your last retrenchment; you must defend it, or perish. William Pitt the Younger
I fear, my Lords, it is too much the temper of this country to be insensible of the approach of danger, until it comes with accumulated terror upon us. William Pitt the Younger
Too much card playing is distracting my bowmen from their training. Henry VIII
No one should let the draft registration figures cause him to believe that the war is becoming popular ... They registered because the law makes it a crime not to register. ... Why should we permit our boys to be killed and maimed by the hundreds of thousands to protect the British commercial interest or because English profiteers make money out of this war? Victor L. Berger
We have come to the point where a new machine invented in England deprives millions of Chinese workers of their livelihood within a year's time. Friedrich Engels
The fountain of power remaineth most eminently in the people; therefore it is unlimited in the people, and bounded and limited in the king, and so less in the king than in the people. Samuel Rutherford
Everyone must row with the oars he has. English Proverb or Saying
In 1967 the abortion laws in England were liberalized and we were all assured that this would not lead to abortion on demand or a decline in respect for unborn life or pressure on medical staff to become involved in abortion against their conscience. Five million abortions later those claims look hollow. Ann Widdecombe
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. This is what makes the trade of historian so attractive. William Ralph Inge
A family on the throne is an interesting idea. . . . It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. Walter Bagehot
The International Criminal Court at present has no jurisdiction over the crime of aggression and could therefore not entertain a case concerning the lawfulness of any military action. Peter Henry Goldsmith
Regime change cannot be the objective of military action. Peter Henry Goldsmith
I am aware that the USA has been arguing for recognition of a broad doctrine of a right to use force to pre-empt danger in the future. If this means more than a right to respond proportionately to an imminent attack … this is not a doctrine which, in my opinion, exists or is recognized in international law. Peter Henry Goldsmith
Your time is up. Go now. Don't wait until there has been more death and destruction Tony Blair
They should go a scalping with the whites—a barbarous method of war—introduced by the French, which we are obliged to follow in our own defense. Robert Dinwiddie
An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea. Turkish Proverb
Had he been victorious, Hitler himself could hardly have demanded more. Arthur Bryant
This is nothing less than a national tragedy…. It is time to consider these refugees arriving from Poland and elsewhere purely on their merits as migrants and in an unsentimental light. In the last 50 years these people have swarmed all over Europe, coming principally from Armenia, Russia and the Balkans. We should remember that they are European neither by race, standards, nor culture. They are, in fact, an Eastern people. In 2000 years no one but Britain has been successfully able to absorb them, and for the most part they owe loyalty and allegiance to none. H. B. Gullett
I was brought up a stuffed-shirt Englishman. I wasn't very human. What America did for me was to humanize me. Democratize me. Ashley Montague; Israel Ehrenberg
Heavy Fog In Channel. Continent Cut Off. London Times
The British have never historically thought of themselves as being European. The average Britain has much more in common with an American than with a Frenchman. Douglas Murray
There is a group that argues that we cannot criticize others because our ancestors did bad things. Douglas Murray
Our government has been unable to expel foreign clerics who preach violence and the destruction of the state. Douglas Murray
Who colonized the other – us or them? Did Algeria colonize France, or vice versa? Did Egypt colonize England, or vice versa? We are the victims... Ahmad Bin Muhammad
Can you imagine millions demonstrating in Iraq, calling for same-sex marriage, like in Sweden, America, and Britain? Same-sex marriages means a marriage of a man with a man, or a woman with a woman. This is a terrible catastrophe, totally forbidden by Islam. Whoever marries someone of the same sex must be killed. Both must be killed as soon as possible and must be burned as well. Ahmad Hassani Baghdadi
The U.S and England are not worthy of security council membership. Those who want good relations with the Iranian people should bow and surrender to its right and might. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Two of the Arab world's beautiful daughters, Jerusalem and Baghdad, are in the hands of these foreigners, these occupiers, and nothing can be done by the Arab rulers, because they are in bed, fornicating with the foreigners, who are occupying and using these beautiful Arab daughters as they will. George Galloway
A democrat need not believe that the majority will always reach a wise decision. He should however believe in the necessity of accepting the decision of the majority, be it wise or unwise, until such a time that the majority reaches another decision. Bertrand Russell
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead
No operas, plays, or concerts are allowed in London on Sundays, and even cards are so expressly forbidden that none but persons of quality, and those we call the genteel, play on that day; the rest of the nation go either to church, to the tavern, or to see their mistresses. Voltaire
I have seen many a man turn his gold into smoke, but you are the first who has turned smoke into gold. Elizabeth I
The law is equal before all of us; but we are not all equal before the law George Bernard Shaw
Capitalism is not an orgy of human villainy: it is a Utopia that has dazzled and misled very amiable and public spirited men. George Bernard Shaw
The upholders of Capitalism are dreamers and visionaries who, instead of doing good with evil intentions do evil with the best intentions. George Bernard Shaw
If you cannot have what you believe in, you must believe in what you have. George Bernard Shaw
No man … ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection. George Eliot; Mary Ann Evans
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and that is that there is very little about which one can be certain. W. Somerset Maugham
All the people you’ve killed—all the lies you’ve told have come back to haunt you. The best thing the Labour Party can do is to sack you. George Galloway
Expectations were pretty low and they are meeting them. Martin Walker
In order to have your short term policies accepted, you have to have your long term policies understood. Jeremy Greenstock
I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going. George Bernard Shaw
When you think about the defence of England you no longer think of the chalk cliffs of Dover. You think of the Rhine. That is where our frontier lies today. Stanley Baldwin
Truth telling is not compatible with the defence of the realm. George Bernard Shaw
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Winston Churchill
Particularly against books the Home Secretary is. If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop it being brought in from outside. Evelyn Waugh
Old men are dangerous; it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world. George Bernard Shaw
The safety of a minister lies in his having the approbation of this House. Former ministers, Sir, neglected this, and therefore they fell; I have always made it my first study to obtain it... Robert Walpole; 1st Earl of Oxford
I am not invested with dictatorial powers. If I were, I should be quite ready to dictate. Winston Churchill
And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark Satanic mills? William Blake
We came not here to view your works In hopes to be more wise, But only, lest we go to Hell, It may be no surprise. Robert Burns
The enormous consumption of coals in the arts and manufactures, and in steam navigation, has excited the fears of ... exhaustion of our mines. These apprehensions, however, may be allayed by the assurance [of] the highest mining and geological authorities, that the coal fields of Northumberland and Durham alone are sufficient to supply [the present demand] for 1700 years, and ... the great coal basin of South Wales will ... supply the same demand for 2000 years longer. Dionysius Lardner
Eilmer ... was a man learned for those times ..., and in his youth had hazarded a deed of remarkable boldness. He had by some means, I scarcely know what, fastened wings to his hands and feet so that, mistaking fable for truth, he might fly like Daedalus, and, collecting the breeze on the summit of a tower, he flew for more than the distance of a furlong. But, agitated by the violence of the wind and the swirling of air, as well as by awareness of his rashness, he fell, broke his legs, and was lame ever after. He himself used to say that the cause of his failure was forgetting to put a tail on the back part. William of Malmesbury
There never was an anti-slavery movement until white Christians—Englishmen and Americans—created one. David Horowitz
Yes, I am going to join the Majority and you know I have always preferred Minorities. Richard Monckton Milnes; Lord Houghton
Please do not think me terribly narrow, but Sinha is comparatively white, whilst Muckerji is black as my hat! Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound; Lord Minto
Our land laws were framed by the landed interests for the advantage of the landed interest, and foreign policy was directed by that interest to the same end. Randolph Churchill
The Labor Community is carrying on … a very significant and instructive struggle. Randolph Churchill
Failure, failure, failure, partial success, renewed failure, ultimate and complete victory. Randolph Churchill
Shuffle up the cards and try again. Randolph Churchill
The duty of an Opposition is to oppose. Randolph Churchill
The nation needs a statesman who fears not to meet and who knows how to sway immense masses of the working classes. Randolph Churchill
To all who leaned upon Mr. Gladstone, who trusted him, and hoped for something from him—chips, nothing but chips—hard, dry, unnourishing, indigestible chips. Randolph Churchill
... an old man in a hurry. Randolph Churchill
With the laborers of England generally, does not the moral coercion of want subject their will as despotically to that of their employer, as the physical constraint does the soldier, the seaman, or the slave? Thomas Jefferson
…composed of the scum of the earth. Arthur Wellesley
I see no reason to suppose that these machines will ever force themselves into general use. Arthur Wellesley
You must build your House of Parliament upon the river: so…that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you. Arthur Wellesley
No writer before the middle of the 19th century wrote about the working classes other than as grotesque or as pastoral decoration. Then when they were given the vote certain writers started to suck up to them. Evelyn Waugh
Politicians can forgive almost anything in the way of abuse; they can forgive subversion, revolution, being contradicted, exposed as liars, even ridiculed, but they can never forgive being ignored. Auberon Waugh
My policy is to be able to take a ticket at Victoria Station and go anywhere I damn well please. Ernest Bevin
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man. William Beveridge
The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone. William Beveridge
This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time. Aneurin Bevan
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party…So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. Aneurin Bevan
The language of priorities is the religion of Socialism. Aneurin Bevan
He is a man suffering from petrified adolescence. Aneurin Bevan
I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Hilaire Belloc
Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open. Clive Bell
He did not care in which direction the car was traveling, so long as he remained in the driver’s seat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
The only defence is in offence, which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourselves. Stanley Baldwin
The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights—the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. Walter Bagehot
The works of art, by being publicly exhibited and offered for sale, are becoming articles of trade, following as such the unreasoning laws of markets and fashion; and public and even private patronage is swayed by their tyrannical influence. Prince Albert
What is it. That we can die but once to serve our country! Joseph Addison
Many complaints have reached me from the army of the advantages conferred upon the enemy by the publication of intelligence from the seat of war, not only in letters from the correspondents of the English newspapers, but in letters written by officers to their friends at home in the spirit of confidential intimacy, and which those friends send to newspapers… Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle
The euphoria of secrecy goes to the head. Charles Percy Snow
To release to Great Britain additional war material now in the hands of the armed forces will seriously weaken our present state of defense and will not materially assist the British forces. Joint Chiefs of Staff
The great society. Graham Wallas
First there was the changing of the guard outside the British Residence; then, through the cast-iron doors pricked in gold with the monogram of Victoria Regina, the high commissioner’s black Rolls Royce slowly emerged. On either side of the car as it slowly advanced rode a detachment of the King’s Horse…The procession, led by officers of the Egyptian mounted police, continued as far as the small cathedral of Saint Mary…where Bishop Gwynne of Cairo and Khartoum…waited in a chasuble and alb to receive the high commissioner…It was a world of ceremony complete unto itself, and the patriotic convictions served up in Bishop Gwynne’s sermons inspired the congregation with a feeling of everlastingness and certainty of fate. Magdi Wahba
Third World countries feel that the liberal view of the world and way of life is at odds with their deepest aspirations and self-conceptions. As they understand it, liberalism breaks up the community, undermines the shared body of ideas and values, places the isolated individual above the community, encourages the ethos and ethic of aggressive self-assertion, rejects traditional wisdom and common sense in the name of scientific reason, and weakens the spirit of mutual accommodation and adjustment. Bhikhu Parekh
Representative democracy has for its characteristic object and effect…securing its members against oppression and depredation at the hands of those functionaries which it employs for its defense. Jeremy Bentham
The law of dislike for the unlike will always prevail…unlike is normally situated at a safe distance. Israel Zangwill
In the end truth will conquer. John Wycliffe
By the splendour of God I have taken possession of my realm; the earth of England is in my two hands. William the Conqueror
We only part to meet again., Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be, The faithful compass that still points to thee. John Gay
No sir, tho’ I was born and bred in England, I can dare to be poor, which is the only thing now—a—days men are asham’d of. John Gay
Life is a jest; and all things show it., I thought so once; but now I know it. John Gay
Fools may our scorn, not envy raise, For envy is a kind of praise. John Gay
’Tis a gross error, held in schools,, That Fortune always favours fools. John Gay
’While there is life, there’s hope,’ he cried; ‘Then why such haste?’ so groaned and died. John Gay
In every age and clime we see,, Two of a trade can ne’re agree. John Gay
Do you think your mother and I should have liv’d comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? John Gay
A proverb is much matter decorated into few words. Thomas Fuller
In nature there are no rewards or punishments; there are consequences. Horace Annesley Vachell
A statesman is a politician who’s been dead ten or fifteen years. St. Vincent
An Army cannot preserve good order unless its soldiers have meat in their bellies, coats on their backs and shoes on their feet Duke of Marlborough; John Churchill
The respective colonies are entitled to the common law of England, and more especially to the great and inestimable privilege of being tried by their peers of the vicinage, according to the course of that law. Continental Congress
The inhabitants of the English colonies in North-America … are entitled to life, liberty and property: and they have never ceded to any foreign power whatever, a right to dispose of either without their consent. Continental Congress
Whereas great Frauds and Abuses have been committed in purchasing Lands of the Indians, to the great Prejudice of our Interests, and to the great Dissatisfaction of the said Indians. In order, therefore, to prevent such Irregularities for the future, and to the end that the Indians may be convinced of our Justice and determined Resolution to remove all reasonable Cause of Discontent, We do, with the Advice of our Privy Council, strictly enjoin and require. that no private Person do presume to make any purchase from the said Indians of any Lands reserved to the said Indians George III
Resolved, That the said James Christie is and ought to be considered as an enemy to America, and that no person trade, deal or barter with him hereafter …. That the said James Christie be expelled and banished this province forever … Maryland
Every good Englishman, abstracted from all regard for America, must oppose … being taxed by the British Parliament. For my own part, I am convinced that no argument … can be produced in support of this right. Charles Lee
To give a particular account of the ravages of the British troops as they retreated … would be very difficult if not impractical; let it suffice to say that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered and rendered unfit for use, several were burnt, women in child-bed were driven by the soldiers naked into the streets, old men peaceably in their houses were shot dead, and such scenes exhibited as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nations. Massachusetts
Resolved that a subscription should immediately be set on foot, for the relief of such poor inhabitants of Boston as are, or may be deprived of the means of subsistence, by the act of parliament for stopping up the port at Boston. New York City
Agree for this city upon a non-importation from Great Britain of all goods, wares, and merchandises until the act for blocking up the harbor of Boston be repealed. New York City
In this character of the Americans, a love of freedom is the predominating feature, which marks and distinguishes the whole … Your colonies become suspicious, restive and intractable whenever they see the least attempt to wrest from them by force of shuffle from them by chicane what they think is the only advantage worth living for. This fierce spirit of liberty is stronger in the English colonies probably than in any other people of the earth … Edmund Burke
The Americans will have no interest contrary to the grandeur and glory of England, when they are not oppressed by the weight of it … Edmund Burke
It has always been a most arduous task to govern distant provinces, with even a tolerable appearance of justice. Jonathan Shipley
Arbitrary taxation is plunder authorized by law. Jonathan Shipley
We esteem our connection with and dependence on Great Britain as one of our greatest blessings; and apprehend the latter will be sufficiently secure, when it is considered that the inhabitants in the colonies have the most unbounded affection for his majesty’s person, family and government, as well as the mother country, and that the subordination to the parliament is universally acknowledged. Continental Congress
My Lords, I look upon North America as the only great nursery of freedom now left on the face of the earth. Jonathan Shipley
The Crown can have no rights inconsistent with the happiness of the people. Jonathan Shipley
The people are certainly the best judges whether they are well governed. Jonathan Shipley
The idea of governing provinces and colonies by force is visionary and chimerical. The experiment has often been tried, and it has never succeeded. It ends infallibly in the ruin of one country or the other. Jonathan Shipley
We had carefully to avoid any infringement of the prerogative of the crown and the power of parliament—and yet in duty bound fully to assert the rights and privileges of the colonies. Caesar Rodney
The truth is that the fall of Napoleon is the hardest blow that our taxing system ever felt. It is now impossible to make people believe that immense fleets and armies are necessary. William Cobbett
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. Neville Chamberlain
The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards. William Francis Butler
Retreat might give us a moment of respite but years of repentance at our weakness would, I believe, follow. Tony Blair
As so often before on the courage and determination of British men and women serving our country the fate of many nations rest. Tony Blair
We are all British gentlemen engaged in the magnificent work of governing an inferior race. Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo
Prevent the torture and murder of our animal brothers and sisters Ronnie Lee
The occupant should take all due and needful measures to restore and ensure public order and public safety. Oxford Laws of War on Land Convention
(a) That they are under the direction of a responsible chief; (b) That they must have a uniform, or a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance, and worn by individuals composing such corps; (c) That they carry arms openly; Oxford Laws of War on Land Convention
Set Europe ablaze! Winston Churchill
The true measure of a civilization is the respect it pays to minorities and strangers. Prince Charles
The recent ghastly strife and anger over the Danish cartoons shows the danger that comes from our failure to listen and to respect what is precious and sacred to others. Prince Charles
Deep down, the ordinary Frenchman doesn't believe that Turks, or Eastern Europeans for that matter, cherish the values he holds most dear. Nor do the French much trust that the Germans and the British have French interests at heart. Given European history -- and given what I see around me -- I can't say I blame them. Claire Berlinski
Above all, my brothers, do not swear -- not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No, and you will not be condemned Robert Harris
And that night, they were not divided. Radclyffe Hall
Did Algeria colonize France, or vice versa? Did Egypt colonize England, or vice versa? We [Arabs] are the victims... Ahmad Bin Muhammad
The husband … might give the wife moderate correction, for as he was to answer for her misbehavior, he ought to have the power to control her. William Blackstone
… a brutality, cunning and greed for power normally met only in the conclaves of Mafia capi Bernard Levin
Having watched the form of our traitors for a number of years, I cannot think that espionage can be recommended as a technique for building an impressive civilization. It's a lout's game. Rebecca West
In trust I have found treason. Elizabeth I
I've met serial killers and professional assassins and nobody scared me as much Ken Livingstone
If there's one thing I do, I will smash every fucking grammar school in the country. Anthony Crosland
I gave my life for freedom--This I know; For those who bade me fight had told me so. W. N. Ewer
For Freedom's battle once begun, Bequeath'd by bleeding sire to son, Though battled oft is ever won. George Gordon Byron
England may as well dam up the waters of the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of Freedom Lydia M. Child
Freedom has a thousand charms to show That slaves, howe'er contented, never know. William Cowper
For generations the shamrock was banned as a national emblem of Ireland, but in her extremity England uses the shamrock as a means for exciting in foolish Irishmen loyalty to England. For centuries the green flag of Ireland was a thing accurst and hated by the English garrison in Ireland, as it is still in their inmost hearts. But in India, in Egypt, in Flanders, in Gallipoli, the green flag is used by our rulers to encourage Irish soldiers of England to give up their lives for the power that denies their country the right of nationhood. James Connolly
During this glorious reign Ireland has seen 1,225,000 of her children die of famine, starved to death whilst the produce of her soil and their labor was eaten up by a vulture aristocracy, enforcing their rents by the bayonets of a hired assassin army in the pay of the –best of the English Queens’ James Connolly
We went out to break the connection between this country and the British Empire, and to establish an Irish Republic …. We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavoring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British Government has been asking them to die to win for Belgium. As long as that remains the case, the cause of Irish freedom is safe…. I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be. James Connolly
We are a fighting race, we are told, and every Irishman is always proud to hear our politicians and journalists tell of our exploits in the fighting line – in other countries, in other climes and in other times. Yes, we are a fighting race. Whether it is under the Stars and Stripes or under the Union Jack; planting the flag of America over the walls of Santiago or helping our own oppressors to extend their hated rule over other unfortunate nations our brave Irish boys are ever to the front. When the Boer has to be robbed of his freedom, the Egyptian has to be hurled back under the heel of his taskmaster, the Zulu to be dynamited in his caves, the Matabele slaughtered beside the ruins of his smoking village or Afridi to be hunted from his desolated homestead, wheresoever, in short, the bloody standard of the oppressors of Ireland is to be found over some unusually atrocious piece of scoundrelism, look then for the sons of our Emerald Isle, and under the red coats of the hired assassin army you will find them. Yes, we are a fighting race. In Africa, India or America, wherever blood is to be spilt, there you will find Irishmen, eager and anxious for a fight, under any flag, in anybody's quarrel, in any cause – except their own James Connolly
I can hardly repress our press and our people too. They are thirsting for war against England. Joseph Goebbels
A revolting, fat, beast. Joseph Goebbels
Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience. John Locke
That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. Richard Henry Lee
However insignificant the minority, and however trifling the proposed trespass against their rights, no such trespass is permissible. Herbert Spencer
Even when they are right the French can be infuriatingly perverse or incomprehensible. Chris Patten
Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a freeborn Briton can do. William Makepeace Thackeray
God gives us love. Something to love He leads us; but, when love is grown To ripeness that on which it throve Falls off, and love is left alone. Alfred Tennyson
A life that moves to gracious ends Thro’ troops of unrecording friends, A deedful life, a silent voice. Alfred Tennyson
The God’s themselves cannot recall their gifts. Alfred Tennyson
Revolts, republics, revolutions, most no graver than a schoolboy’s barring out. Alfred Tennyson
It is a mistake to assume that God is interested only, or even chiefly, in religion. William Temple
Isn’t he who chooses the judge the master of justice? Octave Borelli
Fascism means war. John Evelyn; Evelyn John St. Loe Strachey
It’s better to be quotable than to be honest. Tom Stoppard
The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe--responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages. Tom Stoppard
It is clearly absurd that it should be possible for a woman to qualify as a saint with direct access to the Almighty while she may not qualify as a curate. Mary Stocks
Minorities…are almost always in the right. Sydney Smith
Talking and eloquence are not the same. Ben Jonson
The best thing I know between France and England is- the sea. Douglas Jerrold
There was never an age in which useless knowledge was more important than in our own. Cyril Joad
The duty of a Privy Counselor appears from the oath of office [to require the Counselor] to keep the King’s counsel secret…[and] to withstand all persons who would attempt the contrary. William Blackstone
Japan possessing paramount political, military and economic interests in Korea, Great Britain recognizes the right of Japan to take such measures of guidance, control and protection in Korea as she may deem proper and necessary to safeguard and advance those interests, provided always that such measures are not contrary to the principle of equal opportunities for the commerce and industry of all nations. Japan; England
There is but one task for all -- For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Rudyard Kipling
Rather than regarding them [French] as a 'lawless vagabond Banditti' to be driven out at gunpoint, treat them with Christian kindness and to provide them with 'protection in their civil rights' as British subjects William Legge; 2nd Earl of Dartmouth
We are recruiting for a ‘British Fascistic’ to act as an organized force to combat Red Revolution. Rotha Beryl Lintorn-Orman
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 David Lloyd George
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 David Lloyd George
The people of this country do not mind fornication but they loathe adultery. James Ramsay MacDonald
'Our Lord,' continued Manning, widening the sweep of his speculations, 'has said of these latter times: "There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, insomuch as to deceive even the elect"; that is, they shall not be deceived; but those who have lost faith in the Incarnation, such as humanitarians, rationalists, and pantheists, may well be deceived by any person of great political power and success. Henry Edward Manning
If space is not profitable for business, there will be very few people in space. Richard Branson
Don’t look down over here Clement. Whenever you see something large, private and working well, you want to nationalize it. Winston Churchill
When I came to Palestine, I found a whole people [the Jews] who had been looked down upon and made to feel unwanted for scores of generations, and yet at the end of it, they were undefeated and building their country anew. I felt I belonged to such a people. Orde Wingate
I'm sure if I have plans, the Press will inform me. Arthur Scargill
You do not need to be in a position of power. You need only be in a position to influence those in power. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
Great Britain is prepared to recognize and support the independence of the Arabs in all the regions within the limits demanded by the Sherif of Mecca. Henry McMahon
Those who are today beating the drum loudest for the ‘Labor Party’ are radicals of various Marxist or pseudo-Marxist groups. These same people will tell you that they believe in the class struggle and economic action by the workers. Some will explain that parliamentary action is only a gimmick to gain a public forum, or free time on television every four years Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
Americans should be treated as a naughty spaniel. If it snaps at you, hit it across the face. Alexander Cochran
You have chosen me from low estate to be your queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire; if, then, you found me worthy of such honor, good your grace, let not any light fancy or bad counsel of my enemies withdraw your princely favor from me; neither let that stain - that unworthy stain - of a disloyal heart towards your good grace ever cast so foul a blot on me, and on the infant princess your daughter Anne Boleyn
I have never seen anybody introduce anything very radical because they got an OBE and a word with the queen Benjamin Zephaniah
Credulity is the man’s weakness, but the child’s strength. Charles Lamb
The meek do not inherit the earth unless they are prepared to fight for their meekness. Harold J. Laski
If, therefore, war should ever come between these two countries, which Heaven forbid! It will not, I think, be due to irresistible natural laws, it will be due to the want of human wisdom. Andrew Bonar Law
How beastly the bourgeois is especially the male of the species. D. H. Lawrence
You may be the most liberal, Liberal Englishman, and yet you cannot fail to see the categorical difference between the responsible and the irresponsible classes. D. H. Lawrence
No absolute is going to make the lion lie down with the lamb unless the lamb is inside the lion. D. H. Lawrence
Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Let them especially put their demands in such a way that Great Britain could say that she supported both sides. James Ramsey MacDonald
Society goes on and on and on. It is the same with ideas. James Ramsey MacDonald
England is… a country infested with people who love to tell us what to do, but who very rarely seem to know what’s going on. Macinnes, Colin,
A coloured man can tell, in five seconds dead, whether a white man likes him or not. Macinnes, Colin,
Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. William Murray
The commerce of this country is almost entirely confined to slaves Hugh Howey
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell Blair
One man with beliefs is equal to a thousand with only interests. John Stuart Mill
The past has prepared all the materials and means of superabundance to well-feed, clothe, lodge, train, educate, employ, amuse, and govern the human race in perpetual progressive prosperity- without war, conflict, or competition between nations or individuals. Robert Owen
Capitalism did not arise because capitalists stole the land and the workmen's tools, but because it was more efficient than feudalism. It will perish because it is not merely less efficient than socialism, but actually self-destructive. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them for their blindness. John Milton
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. George Orwell Blair
Islam is a dragon ... the terrible mortal enemy of all our fundamental values and something which, unchecked, will bring misery and disaster to this country. Nick Griffin
We owe it to our children to defend our Christian culture. British National Party
We have had suicide bombers in London and we are seeing riots across the Channel. However the media and our Government try to cloud the issue by blaming British and French society and not the terrorists and rioters. They deliberately avoid pinpointing the driving force behind these attacks, which is a religion that is alien to these shores and in its latest fundamental form threatens our very way of life British National Party
It is now abundantly clear the source of Muslim terrorism is situated within the body politic of Islam and its adherents, irrespective of how many times, on the one hand, some Muslim spokespersons try to obscure this reality and, on the other, politicians of whatever stripe for electoral purposes behave as ostriches with their heads in the sand Salim Mansur
if Britain's resident ayatollahs can not accept British values and laws then there is no reason at all why the British should feel any need, still less compulsion, to accommodate theirs. Robert Kilroy-Silk
This is the first war we fought in terms of our values, not for our interests. Tony Blair
No particular Government policy decision, or even an overall policy stance, which we could change in order somehow to remove our society from the Al-Qaeda firing line. Its nihilism means that our societies would cease to be a target only if we were to renounce all the values of freedom and liberty that we have fought to extend over so many years. Our only answer to this threat must be to contest and then to defeat it Charles Clarke
Holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule. Mohammed Omar
The quality of debate is pretty high—and it is, I think, good evidence of life after death. Donald Soper
The diversity, individualism and mobility that characterize developed economies -- especially in the era of globalization -- mean that more of our lives is spent among strangers …. in a developed country such as Britain is that we not only live among stranger citizens but we must share with them. We share public services and parts of our income in the welfare state, we share public spaces in towns and cities where we are squashed together on buses, trains and tubes, and we share in a democratic conversation .… All such acts of sharing are more smoothly and generously negotiated if we can take for granted a limited set of common values and assumptions. But as Britain becomes more diverse that common culture is being eroded. David Goodhart
As we grow richer, the ties that used to bind workers together in a risk-pooling welfare state (first locally, later nationally) have loosened. David Goodhart
Keep a separate American Army. Woodrow Wilson
Here is our one great chance to form one great Indian nation and cast our lot with the British. Tecumseh
Patents should be for technological innovations. So a program for a new machine tool should be patentable but a non-technological innovation, such as grammar-checking software for a word-processor, should not be. Patricia Hewitt
support … continued widespread innovation by resisting the wider application of patents Liberal Democratic Party of Great Britain
I have never seen British soldiers moved to such cold fury, as the men who opened the Belsen camp this week. Richard Dimbleby
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. James Maxton
THE Rebels breathe the most rancorous and malignant Spirit everywhere. Committees and Associations are formed in every Colony and Resolves passed that no Refugees shall return nor have their Estates restored. The Congress and Assemblies look on tamely and want either the Will or the Power to check those Proceedings. In short, the Mob now reigns as fully and uncontrolled as in the Beginning of our Troubles and America is as hostile to Great Britain at this Hour as she was at any Period during the War. From all this many people conclude that the Army will not be withdrawn from hence this Year, that the British Troops at least will keep Possession of New York, as it will be very difficult, if possible, to send off any more than the Foreign Troops, and as it would be highly imprudent to abandon this Place in the present Posture of Affairs. Anonymous
If we review the List of those Heroes who compose Congresses, Committees, mock Government, & the chief army Departments, we shall find it filled up with Men, desperate in Ambition or in Fortune. Peter Oliver
But what topics of reconciliation are now left for men who think as I do, to address our countrymen? To recommend reverence for the monarch, or affection for the mother country? Will the distinctions between the prince and his ministers, between the people and their representatives, wipe out the stain of blood? Or have we the slightest reason to hope that those ministers and representatives will not be supported throughout the tragedy, as they have been through the first act? No. While we revere and love our mother country, her sword is opening our veins. John Dickinson
Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half-cultures do not make a culture. Arthur Koestler
It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. George Orwell Blair
To the ordinary working man, the sort you would meet in any pub on Saturday night, Socialism does not mean much more than better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about. George Orwell Blair
No general in the midst of battle has a great discussion about what he is going to do if defeated. David Anthony Llewellyn Owen
Men regarded women as a servant class in the community, and that women were going to remain in the servant class until they lifted themselves out of it. Emmeline Pankhurst
We have taken this action, because as women…we realize that the condition of our sex is so deplorable that it is our duty even to break the law in order to call attention to the reasons why we do so. Emmeline Pankhurst
To make a union with Great Britain would be fusion with a corpse. Henri Philippe Petain
Who shall decide when doctors disagree? Alexander Pope
Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. John Powell
A number of anxious dwarfs trying to grill a whale. John Boynton Priestley
Before Irish Home Rule is conceded by the Imperial Parliament, England as the predominant member of the three kingdoms will have to be convinced of its justice and equity. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors. Bertrand Russell
A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom. John Russell
Spread the table and contention will cease. Anonymous
The king [Stephen ~1090-1154], by an edict published through England, called the rulers of the churches, and the chiefs of the people, to a council at London. All these coming thither, as into one receptacle, and the pillars of the churches being feated in order, and the vulgar also forcing themselves in on all hands, confusedly and promiscuously, as usual, many things were usefully proposed and happily transacted for the benefit of the church and kingdom. Anonymous
Baba Blackshirt Anonymous
The Bastard Anonymous
Bloody Sunday Anonymous
Danegeld Anonymous
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith Anonymous
England expects every American to do his duty. Anonymous
Exchequer of the Jews Anonymous
Exchequer of the Jews Anonymous
God punish England! Anonymous
GOM Grand Old Man Gordon’s Old Murderer Anonymous
The Great German Sausage Anonymous
Hammer of the Scots Anonymous
He had no enmities and no enemies. Anonymous
He shall always stand when he speaks; the reason is that he may be heard by his peers, for all his peers are judges and justices Anonymous
Being convinced in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship … we do hereby pledge ourselves … to stand by one another in defending for ourselves and our children our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom. Anonymous
I swear … I shall not have in my possession any gun, sword or arms whatsoever and never use tartan, plaid or any part of the Highland garb …. Anonymous
Naught not to be dismissed so long as any petition remains undiscussed;, .d. Parliament;, .d. England;, .d. petitions;, .d. legislative agenda;, Naught not to be dismissed so long as any petition remains undiscussed. Anonymous
No Popery Anonymous
No supply without redress of grievance. Anonymous
People Burnt at the Stake? Yes, In U.S.A. Humanity’s Message to U.S.A.: STOP LYNCHING! Anonymous
Red Ken Anonymous
Somsteu White Father Anonymous
Tariff of Abominations Anonymous
The clerks of parliament shall not deny to any one a copy of his process, but shall deliver it to whoever seeks it Anonymous
The winds and seas are Britain's wide domain, And not a sail, but by permission, spreads. Anonymous
This tomb is erected to the memory of Thayendanegea, or Captain Joseph Brant, principal chief and warrior of the Six Nations Indians, by his fellow subjects, admirers of his fidelity and attachment to the British Crown. Anonymous
We Are Going To Fight Against England Anonymous
We ought to favour the strangers [immigrants] from whom we learnt so great benefits, because we are not good devisers as followers of others. Anonymous
We the undersigned express sincere regret that researches into scientific truth are perverted by some in our time into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Anonymous
The Who Who Cabinet Anonymous
Wilkes and Liberty! Anonymous
Father of anarchism Anonymous
Londonstan Anonymous
Being an MP is a good job, the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children – clean, indoors and no heavy lifting. What could be nicer? Diane Abbott
Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role in the world. Dean Acheson
Dearest Madam: We your servants join together and thoughts it better to write you a nice loving letter which will tell you about all our wishes. We wish to have your laws in our towns … Plenty wars here in our country. Plenty murder and plenty idol worshippers …. We have spoken to the English consul plenty times about having an English government here. We never have an answer from you, so we wish to write you ourselves. King Acqua
… who are weekly sacrificed upon the gallows in sufficient numbers to astonish a civilized people Abigail Adams
It would be superfluous for me to point out to your Lordship that this is war. Charles Francis Adams
... for the benefit of the wild beasts as well as the savage nations .... To make the wilderness blossom as the rose, to establish laws, to increase, multiply, and subdue the earth [see Genesis 1:28]. John Quincy Adams
Keep what is yours, but leave the rest of the continent to us. John Quincy Adams
Why take sides in the fractious squabbles of a quarrelsome continent? John Quincy Adams
How could we restrain our fishermen, the boldest men alive, from fishing in prohibited places? John Adams
In general, our generals were out-generalled. John Adams
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams
They [the press] consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons. Joseph Addison
Those who believed in us as the Madhi, and surrendered, have been delivered, and those who did not were destroyed … Muhammad Ahmad; Madhi
Old mismanagement is no excuse for the continuance of it. Albert of Saxe-Coburg
Nor should we listen to those who say "The voice of the people is the voice of God," for the turbulence of the mob is always close to insanity. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
So shall thy government be rent from thee and thy house. Thomas Aldam
The rich man in his castle / The poor man at his gate, / God made them high or lowly. / And ordered their estate. Cecil Frances Alexander
Gordon is in trouble. For the honor of the government and the nation you must try and save him. Queen Victoria
All the youth ..., who are rich enough to be able to devote themselves to it be set to learn ... until they are able to read English writing well. Alfred the Great
We do not wish the dissolution of the Union—we do not deny its benefits— … we wish to obtain that justice for Scotland which the Union promised, which the English promised, but which we have not yet received. Archibald Alison
Conservatism, I believe, is mainly due to want of imagination. Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen
… in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress Ethan Allen
Fifty-four Forty or Fight! William Allan
As to such of them as you cannot prevail with to concur you are to endeavor at least to soften them in their opposition or to get them to be absent. Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Asking South American peasants to stop growing coca is like asking the Scots to stop growing barley because people on the other side of the world could not hold their drink. Anne, Princess Royal
If two fish fight, the British are behind it. Anonymous
I do not believe that our place is at the comfortable mid-point between the extremes of left and right. Jeremy John Dunham 'Paddy'
We are not rootless vagabonds. We are on our way to power. Paddy Ashdown
The king must sometimes govern by acts of state as well as acts of law. Ashley
In public politics as in private life, character is better than brains, and loyalty more valuable than either. Herbert Henry Asquith
One to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet, and the third to mislead itself. Herbert Henry Asquith
Obviously, I can’t say that the best man won, but the best policy did. Nancy Astor
One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time. Nancy Astor
We have seen today a gallant, civilized and democratic people betrayed and handed over to a ruthless despotism. Clement Attlee
They only ask for a fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work. Thomas Attwood
If the Welsh will not have peace with us, they shall perish at the hands of the Saxons. Augustine of Britain
One of the objections most frequently urged against machinery is, that it has a tendency to supersede much of the handlabour which was previously employed; and in fact unless a machine diminished the labour necessary to make an article, it could never come into use. Charles Babbage
Each single thing can be referred more easily to the hand and rod of God. This is nothing more or less than wishing to please God by a lie. Francis Bacon
Power to do good is the true and lawful end of aspiring. Francis Bacon
To worship the people is to be worshipped. Francis Bacon
It (masturbation) is called … ‘beastliness’, and this is about the best name for it…. Should it become a habit, it quickly destroys both health and spirits; he becomes feeble in body and mind, and often ends up in a lunatic asylum. Robert Baden-Powell
The [London] Times has made many ministries. Walter Bagehot
... a lot of hard-faced men who look as if they had done very well out of the war. Stanley Baldwin
I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles around my neck. Stanley Baldwin
We have loosened the formal bonds of unity with the great dominions. The destinies of their peoples are guided by their own governments. No rigid framework cramps our conversations with one another or with the world outside the family circle. When we meet together in equal freedom we are united by common allegiance to the Crown. In that model unity lies our strength. Stanley Baldwin
There are three groups that no British Prime Minister should provoke: The Vatican, the Treasury and the miners. Stanley Baldwin
What the proprietorship of these papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. Stanley Baldwin
When someone disagrees with you on a moral point you assume that he is one step behind in his thinking, and he assumes that he has gone one step ahead. Tom Stoppard
England cannot afford to go on with Irishmen in her Parliament. Arthur Balfour
Matters goeth not well to pass in England, nor shall not do till everything be in common … that there be no greater masters than we be. John Ball
I do affirm I was never, nor am, a popish Recusant—or popishly affected John Barbor
I will never again listen to the advice of the French … nor of anyone except the British Government. Sayid Barghash-Bin-Sayid
Lord, open the eyes of the Queen's majesty, that she may see Jesus Christ, whom she has pierced with her infidelity, superstition, and idolatry. Barnard
America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America. Charles A. Beard
He did not care which direction the car was travelling, so long as he was in the driver’s seat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
Our cock won’t fight. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
The British electors will not vote for a man who doesn’t wear a hat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
Sounds like two skeletons copulating on a corrugated tin roof. Thomas Beecham
I think I see a free and independent kingdom delivering up that which all the world hath been fighting for …, to wit a power to manage their own affairs by themselves without the assistance and counsel of any other. John Hamilton Bellhaven
I am a Catholic ... If you reject my on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Hilaire Belloc
The pleasure politicians take in their limelight pleases me with a sort of pleasure I get when I see a child's eyes gleam over a new toy. Hilaire Belloc
They died to save their country, and they only saved the world. Hilaire Belloc
Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters and somehow we must find some new way of using radio and television to allow us to talk to each other. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
Publicity is the soul of justice. Without publicity, all other checks are insufficient: in comparison of publicity, all other checks are of small account. Jeremy Bentham
He is remembered chiefly as the man about whom all is forgotten. Nicolas Bentley
It is dangerous to permit conscienceless party politics to proceed to a point which does not hesitate to drag foreign politics and relations to a point with a great neighboring country into the vortex of partisan strife. Berliner Neueste Nachtrichten
I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. Quite honestly I am beginning to feel extremely sorry for him. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present. Aneurin Bevan
Playing on a fuddled fiddle, somewhere in the muddled middle. Aneurin Bevan
The right kind of leader for the Labour party is a desiccated calculating machine. Aneurin Bevan
I know you Americans want a war but I'm not going to let you have it. Ernest Bevin
That great dust-heap called “history.” Augustine Birrell
The Englishman is like the dog in the fable. The dog who cannot bear that another dog should have a few bones although the overfed brute is sitting with a bowl full to the brim. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The Bill of Rights William Blackstone
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution William Blackstone
Slowly but surely the old establishment is being replaced by a new, larger, more meritocratic middle class—a middle class that will include millions of people who traditionally may see themselves as working class but whose ambitions are far broader than their parents and grandparents. Tony Blair
So much shared history. So much shared pain. And now the shared hope of a new beginning. Tony Blair
Don’t apologize for your values. Tell the world why you are proud of America …. Being American means being free … Tony Blair
Democracies need political parties and political parties need money. Tony Blair
I'm a British patriot. What matters is what is in Britain's national interest? Tony Blair
The basic fact is that we won and he lost. Tony Blair
We have got over our imperial past, and the withdrawal symptoms. Tony Blair
We’re not fighting for Christianity but against human fanaticism of all kinds. Tony Blair
We are four millions of Britons who were not free. Edward Blake
The government should not present the anomaly which it now presents—a government the freest, perhaps the most democratic in the world with reference to local and domestic matters in which you rule yourselves as fully as any people in the world, while in your foreign affairs, your relations with other countries, whether peaceful or warlike, commercial, financial, or otherwise, you may have no more voice than the people of Japan. Edward Blake
I don’t mind dying now that I’ve killed Msiri. Thank God my death will not be in vain. I’ve delivered Africa from one of her most detestable tyrants. Omer Bodson
A population sodden with drink, steeped in vice, eaten up by every social and physical malady, these are the denizens of darkest England ... the submerged tenth: Is it then beyond the reach of the nine-tenths in the midst of whom they live. William Booth
The Falklands things was a fight between two bald men over a comb. Jorge Luis Borges
The more I analyze the vital parts and lusty members of the political creation, the more my admiration of England has grown. I was always glad enough to be a British subject, but now I experience the full pride of my British citizenship. Henry Bourassa
Montreal is more Canadian and more British than Toronto. Toronto is more Canadian and more British than Winnipeg. Why? Because at Quebec thanks to the preponderance of the French language, you are better protected from the American invasion ... Henry Bourassa
Unhappily, religion is used to cover or bolster up a number of bad practices. I … still see a threat of Catholic-Fascism. And officially the Irish Roman Catholic Church is opposed to progress as not good for the people …. The effect of religious opinion in this country (Protestant as well as Catholic) seems to be, a heavy trend to the Right. Elizabeth Bowen
We must asks ourselves what the man on the Clapham omnibus would think. Charles Bowen

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