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Churchill, Sir Winston
Our defeats are but stepping-stones to victory, and his victories are but stepping-stones to ruin.

talking about Hitler in a WWII speech
In finance everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.

Solvency is valueless without security, and security is impossible to achieve without solvency.

1953 - from a speech in the British parliament
I hope I shall never see the day when the Force of Right is deprived of the Right of Force.

attributed
Elections exist for the sake of the House of Commons and not the House of Commons for the sake of elections.

1953 - from a debate in the British parliament
It is very much better ... to have a panic feeling beforehand, and then be quite calm when things happen, than to be extremely calm beforehand and go into panic when things happen.

1935 - from a debate with Stanley Baldwin
You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.

1938 - from a speech responding to Neville Chamberlain's signing of the Munich Agreement with Hitler
Socialism would gather all power to the supreme party and party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants no longer servants, no longer civil.

1946 - from a speech in the British parliament
... it is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people.

1948 - from a speech delivered in Oslo, Norway
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.




The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

Nov. 11, 1942 - from a speech in the British House of Commons
Sure I am that this day, now, we are the masters of our fate. That the task which has been set us is not above our strength. That its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause, and an unconquerable willpower, salvation will not be denied us.

Dec. 26, 1941 - from a speech to the United States Congress
In my country as in yours public men are proud to be the servants of the State and would be ashamed to be its masters.

Dec. 26, 1941 - from a speech to the United States Congress
They will stop at nothing that violence or treachery can suggest.

Dec. 26, 1941 - speaking of the Allies' enemies during World War II in a speech to the United States Congress
For the best part of twenty years the youth of Britain and America have been taught that war was evil, which is true, and that it would never come again, which has been proved false. For the best part of twenty years, the youth of Germany, of Japan and Italy, have been taught that aggressive war is the noblest duty of the citizen and that it should be begun as soon as the necessary weapons and organization have been made. We have performed the duties and tasks of peace. They have plotted and planned for war. This naturally has placed us, in Britain, and now places you in the United States at a disadvantage which only time, courage and untiring exertion can correct.

Dec. 26, 1941 - from a speech to the United States Congress
There is no working middle course in wartime.

Jul. 2, 1942 - from a speech in the British Parliament
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.

Nations which went down fighting rose again, but those which surrender tamely are finished.

Jun. 1940 - from a speech to his Cabinet, quoted by U.S. Senator Jack Kemp in a speech to the Claremont Institute on Nov. 30, 1990
You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.

from a radio speech delivered before the outbreak of World War II



A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations by Robert I. Fitzhenry
Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Oct. 29, 1941 - from a speech to the students at Harrow School
Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.

Jan. 1952 - from a speech
My friends, I must tell you that a socialist policy is abhorrent to the British ideas of freedom. Although it is now put forward in the main by people who have a good grounding in the liberalism and radicalism of the early part of this century, there can be no doubt that socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state. 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.

1945 - from a pre-election radio broadcast
A liberal is a man with both feet planted firmly in the air.

I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.

Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.




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

Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

In critical and baffling situations it is always best to recur to first principles and simple action.

It was said that this was a time when leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture.

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

There can be no doubt that socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state. ... A free Parliament is odious to the socialist doctrinaire.

1945
The only guide to a man is his conscience. The only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.




Never, never, never give up trying.

Last words in his last public speech
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

We must recognize that we have a great treasure to guard. The inheritance in our possession represents the prolonged achievement of the centuries... There is not one of our simple uncounted rights today for which better men than we are have not died on the scaffold or the battlefield. We have not only a great treasure, we have a great cause.

1936 - quoted by U.S. Senator Jack Kemp from Churchill's warnings about Nazi aggression
Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.

May 19, 1940 - from his first radio broadcast as Prime Minister of England
... We are still captain of our souls.

Sep. 9, 1941 - from a speech in the British Parliament
I was brought up in my father's house to believe in democracy. Trust the people - that was his message ... In my country, as in yours, public men are proud to be the servants of the State and would be ashamed to be its masters.

Dec. 26, 1941 - from a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress
Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World.

Sep. 4, 1941 - from a speech at a luncheon honouring Canadian prime minister MacKenzie King
We shall never surrender!

Jun 4, 1940 - from a speech in the British Parliament
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

The price of greatness is responsibility.




The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

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

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

[Describing the difference between capitalists and socialists] We are for the ladder. Let all try their best to climb. They are for the queue. Let each wait his place until his turn comes.

quoted by former U.S. Senator Jack Kemp in a speech to the International Churchill Society on Nov. 7, 1993
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Chwialkowska, Luiza  
Contradicting fears that Canada's poor are a permanently entrenched underclass, a new study shows low incomes are a transitory phase for many Canadians. Roughly half of Canadians who earned low incomes in any year from 1993-96 earned normal incomes the following year, according to a Statistics Canada study... Up to 20% of Canadians were in a low-income situation for at least one year between 1993-96, says the study, but only 5% experienced low income for all four years.

Mar. 26, 1999 - from her report in The National Post



Ciardi, John
The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.

Cicero, Marcus Tullius
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

from De Divinatione
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.

The more laws, the less justice.

Vivere est cogitare. (To think is to live)

A person who lacks the means, within himself, to live a good and happy life will find any period of his existence wearisome.

from "On Old Age"
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

When a government becomes powerful, it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is a usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance for votes with which to perpetuate itself.

54 B.C.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.




He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

Taxes are the sinews of the state.

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

from Pro Archia Poeta
Salus populi suprema est lex - the people's good is the highest law.

The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true.

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

52 B.C. - from Pro Milone
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

The existence of virtue depends entirely upon its use.

51 B.C. - from De Re Publica
The aim of justice is to give everyone his due.

Clark, Glen  
[When I entered politics] I had a much stronger faith that government could be used to solve problems than I have now. ... [The New Democratic Party] We have become the new conservatives. We're the defenders of the status quo. We don't want to change health care or education or government - we support it. So ironically, innovation, change, new ideas seem the preserve of the right wing.

Aug. 4, 2001 - quoted in "Clark sees new light in neon sign business", published in the National Post



Clark, Joe  
The goal of economic progress is the extension of human liberty, not, as the critics allege, the open-ended servicing of human greed.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Does our economic system work? My answer is that the market system, based on free decisions and fair rules, does work better than any other system yet devised. And the job of government must be to provide the rules and the climate that will let the system work.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
I'm not the greatest. I'm the best available.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Anyone who can bring the Conservative Party together can bring the country together.

 ...there are enough natural divisions in the country without political parties creating new ones. And I think Britain, quite legitimately, has ideological politics. Europe legitimately has. Canada and the United States have not historically had ideological politics.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun
 The number of true believers in the electorate is diminishing. People don't make commitments, they make judgments from time to time on which party, set of policies or person, best suits them. So I'm not finding a lot of ideological talk in the [Progressive Conservative] party.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun
[After his confidential dictation was included on a promotional tape sent to a radio station] I've been trying to find a way to demonstrate that this government isn't perfect and I've been finding some success at it.

quoted by Michael Gratton in his book So, What Are The Boys Saying? page 88
Clark, John Maurice
Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.

Clark, Thomas C.
Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.

from Mapp vs Ohio
Clarke, Ann M.
For the majority of children reared in a wide range of humane environments, genetic influences, inferred from twin and adoption studies, show up as more important than do environmental effects in promoting differences [in intelligence].

1986 - from an article in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, No. 27



Clarke, Arthur C.
... the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

1962 - from Profiles of the Future, "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination"
Clarke, James Freeman
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country.

Clarkson, Adrienne  
 I have become governor-general of this country. I understand what this country represents. ... What you've seen [from me] is what you're getting [as governor-general].

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Activists to move into Rideau Hall", by Robert Fife, published in the National Post
 [Advocating hiring policies that favour women] Ninety-nine times out of 100 it's going to happen the other way around so a little bit of redress doesn't hurt.

Sep. 9, 1999 - from a speech to Women in Educational Administration in Ontario, quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 [The government of Ontario's decision to merge seven city bureaucracies in the Toronto area into one city of Toronto, saving $300 million] ... is a manifestation of a kind of cruelty women are best able to understand. We are basically being bashed. We are being abused in the worst possible way.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 We [are] more like the Europeans ... in our ability to understand and employ state capitalism, our ability to distinguish between social democracy and communism, our social programs, and our lack of urban violence. I think if we go through with this [North American Free Trade] deal, those arguments are going to be no longer possible to put forth to Europeans.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 Our problem with the U.S. is not insufficient access; it is debilitating dependence.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 In this [North American Free Trade] agreement I am very concerned because we have given to potentially the most powerful partner, and the one that already has the most influence on us, what they have always wanted, and we get nothing in return.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 As a woman, I fear that the gradual Americanization of our society might mean that I could not get on a subway alone.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 ... European countries are basically tribal. The French, Germans, and Italians are tribes... racism can arise in a country like that. ... We [Canadians] are not a tribe. We are a series, a group, a conglomeration of people. ... That is a positive thing in many ways.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post