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Harold Wilson
1916 - 1995

British politican, leader of the Labour Party's left wing, twice prime minister of England


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

Jan. 24, 1967 - quoted in the New York Times
The labour party is like a stage-coach. If you rattle along at great speed everybody inside is too exhilarated or too seasick to cause any trouble. But if you stop everybody gets out and argues about where to go next.

1964 - quoted in Harold Wilson, Authentic Portrait, by Leslie Smith
Everybody should have an equal chance - but they shouldn't have a flying start.

1963 - quoted in the London Observer
Every dog is allowed one bite, but a different view is taken of a dog that goes on biting all the time.

Mar. 2, 1967 - from a speech
One man's wage rise is another man's price increase.

Jan. 11, 1970 - quoted in the London Observer and in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations