Leave to the masters of art trained by a lifetime of devotion the wonderful process of picturebuilding and picture creation. Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle them, and, as it were, fondle them. Let them fall open where they will. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas.
In all the twelve years I was at school no one ever succeeded in making me write a Latin verse or learn any Greek except the alphabet.
How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years.
Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.
By being so long in the lowest form [at Harrow] I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence which is a noble thing. Naturally I am biased in favor of boys learning English; I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat.
Democracy is an awful way to run a country, but it’s the best system we have.
If you want a good argument against democracy, spend five minutes with a voter.
Please tell the Privy Seal that I’m sealed in the privy and I can only deal with one shit at a time.
Those who never change their mind never change anything.
In war it does not matter who is right, but who is left.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
In battles two things are usually required of the CommanderinChief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve.
The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police.
It is not alone that property, in all its forms, is struck at, but that liberty, in all its forms, is challenged by the fundamental conceptions of socialism.
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
[After the war,] what will lie between the white snows of Russia and the white cliffs of Dover?”
“It would be a measureless disaster if Russian barbarism overlaid the culture and independence of the ancient States of Europe.”
Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.
What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.
Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.
I expect you will find that change is the best kind of rest.
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.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.