Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.
You can now, if you choose, employ your present success to advantage, so as to keep what you have got and gain honour and reputation besides, and you can avoid the mistake of those who meet with an extraordinary piece of good fortune, and are led on by hope to grasp continually at something further, through having already succeeded without expecting it.
We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a program would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Clare Boothe Luce
The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation.
I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.
The Times (25 May, 1983).
The fact speak for themselves.
There are only two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.
Alexander Douglas Home
We may be a small island, but we are not a small people.
Age steals away all things, even the mind.
I say to myself that I mustn't let myself be cut off in there, and yet the moment I enter my bag is taken out of my hand, I'm pushed in, shepherded, nursed and above all cut off, alone. Whitehall envelops me.
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.
Ethel Perry Andrus
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
As a military man who has given half a century of active Service, I say in all sincerity that the nuclear arms race has no military purpose. Wars cannot be fought with nuclear weapons. Their existence only adds to our perils because of the illusions which they have generated. There are powerful voices around the world who still give evidence to the old Roman precept—if you desire peace, prepare for war. This is absolute nuclear nonsense.
If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.
Wisdom is supreme therefore make a full effort to get wisdom. Esteem her and she will exalt your embrace her and she will honor you.
When we have a majority we will do it. I think the days of the Lords are quite genuinely numbered.
It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a days journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.
You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
The Labour Party is like a stage-coach. If you rattle along at great speed, everybody inside is too exhilarated or too seasick to cause any trouble. But if you stop, everybody gets out and argues about where to go next
They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.