Quotable Churchill

Quotable Churchill

by Max Morris

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ISBN-13: 9781783721474
Publisher: Summersdale
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Series: Quotable
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 180 KB

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Max Morris is the author of Quotable Dickens.

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Quotable Churchill


By Max Morris

Summersdale Publishers Ltd

Copyright © 2014 Summersdale Publishers Ltd
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-78372-147-4



CHAPTER 1

The Body Politic

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It is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people.

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The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year – and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. On the qualities a politician requires

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The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.

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Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested.

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Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

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He is asked to stand, he wants to sit, he is expected to lie. The definition of a parliamentary candidate

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This Treasury paper, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

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The object of Parliament is to substitute argument for fisticuffs.

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If he trips he must be sustained; if he makes mistakes they must be covered; if he sleeps he must not be wantonly disturbed; if he is no good he must be pole-axed. On the correct way to handle a Prime Minister

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The practice of Parliament must be judged by quality, not quantity. You cannot judge the passing of laws by Parliament as you would judge the output of an efficient Chicago bacon factory.

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

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I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.

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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

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Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

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Some men change their party for the sake of principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.

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When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticise or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

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Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.


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Table of Contents

Contents

The Body Politic,
Life and Living,
Dealing with People,
Power and Authority,
Patriotism,
Toil and Trouble,
Education,
Language and Communication,
Pastimes,
Philosophical Thoughts,

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