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A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- [Optimism : Pessimism]
A sheep in sheep's clothing.
- about Clement Atlee [Deceit]
All comes out even at the end of the day.
- quoted by,
in a speech at the Highbury Athenoeum
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.
- on rejoining the Conservatives 20 years after leaving the Liberals
At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. . . .
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
- in a speech at Westminister College, Fulton, Missouri
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
- in a radio broadcast [Tools]
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
- in a radio broadcast [Russia]
If he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
- a radio broadcast on Jan. 20, 1940
If you are going through hell, keep going.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
It [Chinese Labour in South Africa] could not, in the opinion of His Majesty's Government, be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.
- in the British House of Commons [Slavery]
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- in a speech in the House of Commons on the Battle of Britain
Nothing in the world is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.
The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
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