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Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on.
 

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
 

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
[War]
 

We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
[Greatness]
 

We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
[Blood]
 

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
 

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
 

We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.
 

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
 

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
[Government]
 

We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.
 

We must have a better word than "prefabricated", why not "ready-made"?
 

We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
 

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
[War]
 

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
[Courage]
 

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the halls. We shall never surrender.
 

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
[War]
 

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
 

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
 

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
 


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