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Arthur Balfour
1848 - 1930

British statesman, Prime Minister of England (1901-1905), leader of the British Conservative Party. Balfour held various senior posts during over 50 years in and around the British Parliament. It was as Foreign Secretary that he crafted the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which promised Zionists a homeland in Palestine.

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.

1918 - from a letter, quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations