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Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
[Politics]
 

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
 

Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.
 

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
 

Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending - sit down.
 

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
 

So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
 

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
 

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
[Nature]
 

Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
 

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.
 

Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.
 

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
 

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Success is never final.
 

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
 

Terminological inexactitude
[Lying]
 

That long (Canadian) frontier from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, guarded only by neighbourly respect and honourable obligations, as an example to every country and a pattern for the future of the world.
 

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
[Against]
 

The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
 


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