Quotes from Prime Ministers of UK

Here are quotes from some of the finest prime ministers of UK;

People won’t want powers being handed back from bureaucrats in Brussels to be given to bureaucrats in Britain. Our aim should be to give the British people greater control of their lives in all regards. – Liz Truss

It is right that people and businesses retain as much of their own money as possible so that they have the freedom to innovate and invest in the future. – Liz Truss

Free-flow play is not compulsory, but there is a belief across lots of nurseries that it is. I have seen too many chaotic settings, where children are running around. There’s no sense of purpose. – Liz Truss

It’s absolutely right that we scrutinise the leaders who after all are going to be in a position of great power. – Liz Truss

I have to admit I don’t like pizza. I love it. And I am prepared to do literally anything to get my hands on a slice. – Liz Truss

Women need to be less squeamish about making money. – Liz Truss

We don’t know what’s around the corner – and we must do everything to ensure we get our country’s debts down, building our resilience so we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. – Liz Truss

I was interested in the ideas – freedom, free speech and having control of my own life. That’s why I became a Tory. – Liz Truss

Every pound that comes into the Exchequer was earned by someone through hard work, and could have been used for a new car, a holiday or a treat for the children. It means I have a responsibility to make sure that all public spending is justified. – Liz Truss

If I do feel scared I deliberately challenge myself not to feel scared. – Liz Truss

It’s a merger of home life and work life. They aren’t that separate, I must confess, and my daughters know an awful lot about childcare reform now because of it. – Liz Truss

“Sometimes I can think of so many ways of expressing myself that I feel I’m an old typewriter, and too many keys come forward at once – and I get jammed.”- Boris Johnson

“My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.”– Boris Johnson

“If gay marriage was OK … then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.”– Boris Johnson

“I dont see why people are so snooty about Channel Five. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap-dancing, and other related and vital subjects”– Boris Johnson

“My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.”– Boris Johnson

“My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.”– Boris Johnson

“I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.”– Boris Johnson

“I stress – I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.”– Boris Johnson

“The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.”– Boris Johnson

“I lead a life of blameless domesticity and always have done.”– Boris Johnson

“I want to win and I want to be in office.”– Boris Johnson

“He is like some sherry-crazed old dowager who has lost the family silver at roulette, and who now decides to double up by betting the house as well.”– Boris Johnson

“Remind me: who was the greater mass murderer, Stalin or Hitler? Well, Stalin is thought to have been responsible for about 50 million deaths, and Hitler for a mere 25 million. What Hitler did in his concentration camps was equalled if not exceeded in foulness by the Soviet gulags, forced starvation and pogroms. What makes the achievements of communist Russia so special and different, that you can simper around in a CCCP T-shirt, while anyone demented enough to wear anything commemorating the Third Reich would be speedily banged away under the 1986 Public Order Act?”– Boris Johnson

“I think it’d be disgraceful if a chap wasn’t allowed to have a bit of fun in Las Vegas. The real scandal would be if you went all the way to Las Vegas and you didn’t misbehave in some trivial way.”– Boris Johnson

“But if people want to swim in the Thames, if they want to take their lives into their own hands, then they should be able to do so with all the freedom and exhilaration of our woad-painted ancestors.”– Boris Johnson

“The Geiger-counter of Olympomania is going to go zoink off the scale,”– Boris Johnson

“Never in my life did I think I would be congratulated by Mick Jagger for achieving anything.”– Boris Johnson

“I think the risks that people see of terrorism are incredibly important but we are very confident we have got the right people on it and the risks have been minimised.”– Boris Johnson

“The job of mayor of London is unbelievably taxing, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics.”– Boris Johnson

“I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis.”– Boris Johnson

“I’d like thousands of schools as good as the one I went to, Eton.”– Boris Johnson

“There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge.”– Boris Johnson

“It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.”– Boris Johnson

“You can’t solve a problem as complex as inequality in one legal clause.”– Theresa May

“It is quite widely known that I like shoes. This is not something that defines me as either a woman or a politician, but it has come to define me in the eyes of the newspapers. I wore a pair of leopard-print kitten heels to a Conservative Party Conference a few years ago and the papers have continued to focus on my feet ever since.”– Theresa May

“I was a teenage godmother.”– Theresa May

“I will be ruthless in cutting out waste, streamlining structures and improving efficiency.”– Theresa May

“I will not allow a Delia Smith cookbook in my house! It’s all so precise with Delia, and it makes cooking seem so inaccessible.”– Theresa May

“I’d personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it.”– Theresa May

“In tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain.”– Theresa May

“I’m not someone who feels anger on particular issues.”– Theresa May

“I want a counter-terrorism regime that is proportionate, focused and transparent.”– Theresa May

“I think there is a break down of trust generally, between people and politicians. I think that’s come about for a whole variety of reasons.”– Theresa May

“I think it’s important to do a good job and not to feel that you’ve got to make grand gestures, but just to get on and deliver.”– Theresa May

“I believe in marriage. I believe marriage is a really important institution, it’s one of the most important institutions we have.”– Theresa May

“A lot of men in politics suddenly woke up to the issue of women in politics when they realised: hey, there are votes in this!”– Theresa May

“Local people do want to see more police on the streets.”– Theresa May

“You don’t think about it at the time, but there are certain responsibilities that come with being the vicar’s daughter. You’re supposed to behave in a particular way. I shouldn’t say it, but I probably was Goody Two Shoes.”– Theresa May

“When you first come into Parliament, it’s a daunting place because you feel you’ve so much to learn. Once you’ve been re-elected, you feel much more confident. It just gives you a bit of a boost.”– Theresa May

“What is absolutely clear is that we have, with the U.S., an extradition treaty which is important, I believe it is an important treaty, for both sides, the United States and the United Kingdom. It is a treaty that I believe is balanced and we work on that basis.”– Theresa May

“We are seeing, we have seen in the last figures a significant drop in the number of net migrants coming into the United Kingdom. So we are cutting out abuse, we’ve restricted the number of economic – non-EU economic migrants. We’re cutting out abuse across the student visa system, particularly, and we’re having an impact.”– Theresa May

“I was in the Commons recently and saw a young lady wearing a nice pair of shoes. I said I liked them and she said my shoes were the reason she became involved in politics.”– Theresa May

“The concept of doing something with child benefit, of changing the rules around child benefit, is something that has been being discussed for some time.”– Theresa May

“Starting with the highest-risk countries, and focusing on the route to Britain that is widely abused, student visas, we will increase the number of interviews to considerably more than 100,000, starting next financial year. From there, we will extend the interviewing programme further across all routes to Britain, wherever the evidence takes us.”– Theresa May

“Tying money up for 40 years doesn’t sound appealing when you are young,”– Theresa May

“What we’re also doing is helping police forces in terms of issues like procurement and IT, so that savings can be made in those areas which I think is the sort of thing that everybody is going to want us to be doing”– Theresa May

“We are mandating forces to hold regular neighbourhood beat meetings. These meetings will give local people the chance to scrutinise the work of their local police”– Theresa May

“And it is crucial of course that chief constables are able to make decisions within their budgets about how they deploy their police officers to the greatest effect to ensure that they’re able to do the job that the public want them to do”– Theresa May

“I’m sick and tired of government ministers in this Labour government who simply blame other people when things go wrong.”– Theresa May

“We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act… about the illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because, and I am not making this up, he had a pet cat.”– Theresa May

“People will be able to raise their concerns: what are local officers doing about the drug dealing in the local park? What’s happening about the pub where all the trouble is? And the police will have to respond”– Theresa May

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.”– David Cameron

“If you can work and if you’re offered a job and you don’t take it, you cannot continue to claim benefits. It will be extremely tough.”– David Cameron

“I intend to end the something for nothing culture”– David Cameron

“I know the British people and they are not passengers – they are drivers.”– David Cameron

“It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another such successful, independent country.”– David Cameron

“You do not have to be an economist to know that putting up the cost of employing someone is a pretty barking thing to do when you’re trying to get out of a recession.”– David Cameron

“Edward Heath and Richard Nixon took personal awkwardness with each other to new and excruciating levels.”– David Cameron

“I am not a British isolationist. I don’t just want a better deal for Britain. I want a better deal for Europe too.”– David Cameron

“I don’t want to be Prime Minister of England, I want to be Prime Minister of the whole of the United Kingdom.”– David Cameron

“It is vital that we get these policies right as we take forward our plans to drive down the deficit and transform our economy.”– David Cameron

“The political system is broken, the economy is broken and so is society. That is why people are so depressed about the state of our country.”– David Cameron

“We need the Chinese to – you know, spend more, save less – consume more and not be so focused on exports. There are big changes we need in the world.”– David Cameron

“Countries are different. They make different choices. We cannot harmonise everything.”– David Cameron

“If we are going to try to get across to the poorest people in the world that we care about their plight and we want them to join one world with the rest of us, we have got to make promises and keep promises.”– David Cameron

“I mean, I’m a conservative. I believe that, you know, if you borrow too much, you just build up debts for your children to pay off. You put pressure on interest rates. You put at risk your economy. That’s the case in Britain. We’re not a reserve currency, so we need to get on and deal with this issue.”– David Cameron

“But we will say something else. That for far too long in this country, people who can work, people who are able to work, and people who choose not to work: you cannot go on claiming welfare like you are now.”– David Cameron

“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us – a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.”– David Cameron

“More of the same will just produce more of the same: less competitiveness, less growth, fewer jobs.”– David Cameron

“On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have.”– David Cameron

“Britain is characterized not just by its independence but, above all, by its openness.”– David Cameron

“No treaty should be ratified without consulting the British people in a referendum”– David Cameron

“In a race for limited resources, it is the energy efficient that will win the race”– David Cameron

“The economies in Europe that will prosper, are those that are the greenest and the most energy efficient”– David Cameron

“Far from being a drag on growth, making our energy sources more sustainable, our energy consumption more efficient, and our economy more resilient to energy price shocks – those things are a vital part of the growth and wealth that we need”– David Cameron

“It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB – general well-being”– David Cameron

“When something really matters, you should never give up or give in.” – Gordon Brown

“I love Scotland; I love the NHS. I was born into the NHS; I grew up in the NHS. My family grew up in the NHS.” – Gordon Brown

“Britain should be the world’s number one center for genetic and stem cell research, building on our world-leading regulatory regime in the area.” – Gordon Brown

“The patriotism in Britain comes from us being a leader. On jobs, on tax havens, on workers’ rights, on the environment. We can be leading Europe… and it will be to the benefit of every British citizen.” – Gordon Brown

“It is thanks to men and women who were totally committed to fighting fascism, people like Alan Turing, that the horrors of the Holocaust and of total war are part of Europe’s history and not Europe’s present.” – Gordon Brown

“We are being tough in saying it is a duty on the unemployed in future not only to be available for work – and not to shirk work – but also to get the skills for work. That is a new duty we are introducing.” – Gordon Brown

“I once wrote a book on courage and what made people courageous. I found it was a strength of belief matched by strength of willpower.” – Gordon Brown

“Every country is going to have to face up to globalization, but Scotland has got a unique capacity because of its history as part of a multinational state to help us deal with that problem.” – Gordon Brown

“I hate prejudice, discrimination, and snobbishness of any kind – it always reflects on the person judging and not the person being judged. Everyone should be treated equally.” – Gordon Brown

“So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.” – Gordon Brown

“For centuries, individuals have been learning how to live with their next-door neighbors.” – Gordon Brown

“We need quantitative assessments of the success of education. We need certification and qualifications both for teachers and for pupils. It is not a choice between quantity and quality, between access and excellence. Both of these will happen together if people really do believe in the importance of education to change lives.” – Gordon Brown

“People have now got the ability to speak to each other across continents: to join with each other in communities that are not based simply on territory, streets, but networks; and you’ve got the possibility of people building alliances right across the world.” – Gordon Brown

“To my astonishment, everything that I had assumed was now questioned by the findings. What started off as a search for identity that appeared to be purely Scottish in origin ended up as a discovery of my migrant roots – indeed an understanding that almost all of our families, at some stage, have been migrants – and my European roots.” – Gordon Brown

“The growing evidence of climate change is forcing attention on carbon emissions and their reduction.” – Gordon Brown

“Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.” – Tony Blair

“Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers or cynics.” – Tony Blair

“If you are trying to make a difficult decision and you’re weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life.” – Tony Blair

“Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.” – Tony Blair

“You know, one of the things I’ve learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it’s tough.” – Tony Blair

“The first rule in politics is that there are no rules, at least not in the sense of inevitable defeats or inevitable victories. If you have the right policy and the right strategy, you always have a chance of winning. Without them, you can lose no matter how certain the victory seems.”– Tony Blair

“I will do what it takes to help Ed Miliband win general election”– Tony Blair

“We know the problems…. and we know the solution; sustainable development. The issue is the political will”– Tony Blair

“Be a doer and not a critic.”– Tony Blair

“Our tolerance is part of what makes Britain Britain. So conform to it, or don’t come here.”– Tony Blair

“Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headline.”– Tony Blair

“So actually I only got a mobile phone the day after I left being Prime Minister.”– Tony Blair

“If we are going to carry on growing, and we will, because no country is going to forfeit its right to economic growth, we have to find a way of doing it sustainably.”– Tony Blair

“Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.”– Tony Blair

“Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.”– Tony Blair

“If you don’t see the Internet as an opportunity, it will become a threat. In two or three year’s time, the Internet will become as commonplace in the office as the telephone.”– Tony Blair

“Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”– Tony Blair

“The single hardest thing for a practicing politician to understand is that most people, most of the time, don’t give politics a first thought all day long. Or if they do, it is with a sigh… before going back to worrying about the kids, the parents, the mortgage, the boss, their friends, their weight, their health, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.” ― Tony Blair

“I didn’t come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. ” ― Tony Blair

“Politics may be the art of the possible, but at least in life, give the impossible a go.”― Tony Blair

“The right to demand the best and refuse the worst and do so not by virtue of your wealth, but your equal status as citizen, thats precisely what the modern Labour Party should stand for”― Tony Blair

“If we take all this actions and if it turns out not be true, we have reduced pollution and have better ways to live, the downside is very small. The other way around, and we don’t act, and it turns out to be true, then we have betrayed future generations and we don’t have the right to do that.” ― Tony Blair

“Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.” ― Tony Blair

“Our tolerance is part of what makes Britain Britain. So conform to it, or don’t come here.” ― Tony Blair

“I had discovered long ago the first lesson of political courage: to think anew. I had then learned the second: to be prepared to lead and to decide. I was now studying the third: how to take the calculated risk. I was going to alienate some people, like it or not. The moment you decide, you divide.” ― Tony Blair, A Journey: My Political Life

“The first rule in politics is that there are no rules, at least not in the sense of inevitable defeats or inevitable victories. If you have the right policy and the right strategy, you always have a chance of winning. Without them, you can lose no matter how certain the victory seems.” ― Tony Blair

“Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.” – Tony Blair

“Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers or cynics.” – Tony Blair

“If you are trying to make a difficult decision and you’re weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life.” – Tony Blair

“Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.” – Tony Blair

“You know, one of the things I’ve learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it’s tough.” – Tony Blair

“I think the biggest mistake I made was this wretched ability to see both sides of an argument. — John Major

“Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less. — John Major

“Too many people looked to me in the eye and did not tell me the truth. — John Major

“You don’t forget crises and neither does the Queen.”– John Major

“When your back is against the wall, there is only one thing to do, and that is turn around and fight.”– John Major

“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.”– John Major

“Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.”– John Major

“The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision.”– John Major

“Our country is the richer for her life and the poorer at her death.”– John Major

“The British don’t runaway from terrorism. We have had 30-odd years of terrorism in our own country from the Irish Republican Army. We’re used to it.”– John Major

“The argument that someone is a bad man is an inadequate argument for war and certainly an inadequate and unacceptable argument for regime change.”– John Major

“Well what would happen is that if Greece defaulted and couldn’t pay its debts, all the Greek bonds that are held in other banking systems across Western Europe would suddenly have no value. You could as a knock-on effect create a banking crisis in Western Europe.”– John Major

“Tentacles of terrorism spread everywhere”– John Major

“Too many people looked to me in the eye and did not tell me the truth.”– John Major

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. –Margaret Thatcher

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. –Margaret Thatcher

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. –Margaret Thatcher

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. –Margaret Thatcher

You can never reach the promised land. You can march towards it. –James Callaghan

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice. –James Callaghan

A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on. –James Callaghan

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.–Harold Wilson

I’m an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat. –Harold Wilson

One man’s wage increase is another man’s price increase. –Harold Wilson

Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy.–Edward Heath

A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing. –Edward Heath

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.–Harold Macmillan

It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool. –Harold Macmillan

You may gain temporary appeasement by a policy of concession to violence, but you do not gain lasting peace that way.–Anthony Eden

That is a good question for you to ask, not a wise question for me to answer. –Anthony Eden

Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means. –Anthony Eden

If you’re going through hell, keep going.–Winston Churchill

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. –Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. –Winston Churchill

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.–Clement Attlee

I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them. –Clement Attlee

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.–Neville Chamberlain

We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth. –Neville Chamberlain

I would rather trust a woman’s instinct than a man’s reason.–Stanley Baldwin

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain. –Stanley Baldwin

A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it. –Stanley Baldwin

Society goes on and on and on. It is the same with ideas.–Ramsay Macdonald

Wars are popular. Contractors make profits; the aristocracy glean honour. –Ramsay Macdonald

There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom.–Bonar Law

If I am a great man, then all great men are frauds. –Bonar Law

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.–David Lloyd George

Liberty has restraints but no frontiers. Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.–David Lloyd George

There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks. Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.–David Lloyd George

“I have realised from the first that if it could not be proved that social reform (not Socialism) can be financed on a Free Trade line, a return to Protection is a moral certainty.” — H. H. Asquith

“The bond which united them, if their critics were to be believed, might be a tranquil consciousness of effortless superiority.”— H. H. Asquith

“We shall never sheathe the sword, which we have not lightly drawn” — H. H. Asquith

“Good government could never be a substitute for government by the people themselves.” – Henry Campbell-Bannerman

“Chess is not a game, but a disease.” – Henry Campbell-Bannerman

“Gentlemen, I fervently trust that before long the principle of arbitration may win such confidence as to justify its extension to a wider field of international differences.” – Henry Campbell-Bannerman

“It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary” – Arthur James Balfour

“There were some things that were true, and some things that were trite; but what was true was trite, and what was not trite was not true” – Arthur James Balfour

Men’s wishes are not always vain, nor is every life too brief to satisfy its possessor” – Arthur James Balfour

Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect on an audience can bear the colorless photography of a printed record.“ — Archibald Philip Primrose

[The British Empire is] the greatest secular agency for good now known to mankind. – Archibald Philip Primrose

There are two supreme pleasures in life. One is ideal, the other real. The ideal is when a man receives the seals of office from the hands of his Sovereign. The real pleasure comes when he hands them back.“ – Archibald Philip Primrose

There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. – Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner orlater have to find time for illness. – Edward Geoffrey Stanley

If peace cannot be maintained with honour, it is no longer peace. – John Russell

Our prospects are obscured for a moment, but, I trust, only for a moment; it is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation. – John Russell

What a pity that he who steals a penny loaf should be hung, whilst he who steals thousands of the public money should be acquitted! -John Russell

I am firmly persuaded that among nations, weakness will never be a foundation for security. – Henry John Temple

Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, or by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity. – Henry John Temple

It would be very delightful if your Utopia could be realized and if the nations of the earth would think of nothing but peace and commerce, and would give up quarrelling and fighting altogether. But unfortunately man is a fighting and quarrelling animal. -Henry John Temple

Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws. – Robert Peel

The best position the government could assume would be that of moderation between opposite extremes of Ultra-Toryism and Radicalism -Robert Peel

There should be no ‘jobs for the boys’. We ought to be crucified if we … select our constables from the servants of our parliamentary friends. -Robert Peel

It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. -William Lamb

That is no use at all. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong. -William Lamb

It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same. – William Lamb

Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won: the bravery of my troops hitherto saved me from the greater evil; but to win such a battle as this of Waterloo, at the expens of so many gallant friends, could only be termed a heavy misfortune but for the result to the public. -Arthur Wellesley

My rule always was to do the business of the day in the day.- Arthur Wellesley

Stop allowing your day-to-day life to be clouded by busy nothingness. – Arthur Wellesley

I regard the son of an actress as being de facto incapacitated from being premier of England. – Charles Grey

There is no-one more determined against annual parliaments, universal suffrage and the ballot, than I. My object is … to put an end to such hopes and projects. The … principle of my reform is, to prevent the necessity of revolution, … reforming to preserve and not to overthrow. -Charles Grey

I am indeed convinced that the more the bill is considered, the less it will be found to prejudice the real interests of the aristocracy. – Charles Grey

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. -George Canning

But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend!-George Canning

A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country but his own -George Canning

Youth is not the age of pleasure; we then expect too much, and we are therefore exposed to daily disappointments and mortifications. When we are a little older, and have brought down our wishes to our experience, then we become calm and begin to enjoy ourselves. – Robert Banks Jenkinson

France is your natural enemy; she is more so as a republic than as a monarchy. We know less at what point a nation will stop than a king. –
Robert Banks Jenkinson

We owe our present happiness and prosperity, which has never been equalled in the annals of mankind, to a mixture of monarchical government.- William Pitt

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt

Not merely a chip of the old ‘block’, but the old block itself.- William Pitt

I hate liberality – nine times out of ten it is cowardice, and the tenth time lack of principle. – Henry Addington

It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble Parliament has been so long delayed. – Henry Addington

“In youth, the absence of pleasure is pain, in old age, the absence of pain is pleasure” – Henry Addington

Four or five frigates will do the business without any military force. – Frederick North

Men may be popular without being ambitious, but there is hardly an ambitious man who does not try to be popular. – Frederick North

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom. -William Pitt

The only way to have peace is to prepare for war.-William Pitt

It must cut up Liberty by the root and poison the Fountain of Publick Security; and who that has an English heart can ever be weary of asserting Liberty? – William Pitt

A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity. – George Grenville

The criterion of true beauty is, that it increases in examination; of false, that it lessens. There is something, therefore, in true beauty that corresponds with the right reason, and it is not merely the creature of fancy. – George Grenville

Be always lavish of your caresses, and sparing in your corrections. -William Cavendish

But we ought to consider the natural form and shape of a horse, that we may work him according to nature. – William Cavendish

You should pull him back besides in all the lines before the quarter, just as you make the others advance. – William Cavendish

I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from. – – Robert Walpole

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced – Robert Walpole

But I have the satisfaction, at the same time, to reflect that the impression to be made depends upon the consistency of the charge and the motives of the prosecutors. – – Robert Walpole

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