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.
My father has spent the best years of his life writing his extemporaneous speeches
To be a good diarist, one must have a snouty, sneaky mind.
How marvelous it all is! Built not by saints and angels, but the work of men's hands; cemented with men's honest blood and with a world of tears, welded by the best brains of centuries past; not without the taint and reproach incidental to all human work, but constructed on the whole with pure and splendid purpose. Human, and yet not wholly human -- for the most heedless and the most cynical must see the finger of the Divine.
Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.
You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
What is that policy? That now that we had got the men we had been fighting against down, we should punish them as severely as possible, devastate their country, burn their homes, break up their very instruments of agriculture.. It is that we should sweep – as the Spaniards did in Cuba; and how we denounced the Spaniards! – the women and children into camps...in some of which the death-rate has risen so high as 430 in the thousand. I do not say for a moment, because I do not think for a moment, that this is the deliberate and intentional policy of His Majesty's Government...at all events, it is the thing which is being done at this moment in the name and by the authority of this most humane and Christian nation. Yesterday I asked the leader of the House of Commons when the information would be afforded, of which we are so sadly in want. My request was refused. Mr. Balfour treated us with a short disquisition on the nature of war. A phrase often used is that "war is war", but when one comes to ask about it one is told that no war is going on, that it is not war. When is a war not a war? When it is carried on by methods of barbarism in South Africa.
The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.
David Lloyd George
The social kiss is an exchange of insincerity between two combatants on the field of social advancement. It places hygiene before affection and condescension before all else.
London Sunday Correspondent
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
Arthur James Balfour
I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes
Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.
T J Hoover
Would that the Roman people had a single neck to cut off their head.
It is a good rule to face difficulties at the time they arise and not allow them to increase unacknowledged.
Edward W Ziegler
As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
To be alive at all involves some risk.
The highest of distinctions is service to others.
King George VI
A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred. A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world. I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.
If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel you become a royal reporter.
We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.