MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
All the great things are simple.
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence-which is a noble thing.
One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt.... Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
The soft underbelly of the Axis.
In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
My hand seemed arrested by a silent veto.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles others their principles for the sake of their party.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.
I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do, and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life, has its exceptions.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
Learn to get used to it bombing. Eels get used to skinning.
I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.
I have never accepted what many people have kindly said namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.
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