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.
'Mr. Churchill, you're drunk' Yes, I am and you are ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober.
We must build a kind of United States of Europe.
Two nations divided by a common language.
If you try to set forth in a catalogue what will be the exact settlement of an affair you will find that the moment you leave the area of pious platitude you will descend into the arena of heated controversy.
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
If you simply take up the attitude of defending a mistake, there will no hope of improvement.
He is one of those orators of whom it was well said, 'Before they get up they do not know what they are going to say when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying and when they sit down, they do not know what they have said'.
Things do not get better by being left alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with a shattering detonation,
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Soviet Union foreign policy is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma, and the key is Russian nationalism.
The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
I'm bored with it all. Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
The War was decided in the first twenty days of fighting, and all that happened afterwards consisted in battles which, however formidable and devastating, were but desperate and vain appeals against the decision of Fate.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Wars are not won by evacuations.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
I was never tired of listening to his wisdom or imparting my own.
At every crisis the Kaiser crumpled. In defeat he fled in revolution he abdicated in exile he remarried.
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