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Harold Macmillan Quotes

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.

At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.

He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.

I read a great number of press reports and find comfort in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting.

I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy.

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.

If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians.

If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough.

In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.

It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.

It's no use crying over spilt summits.

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.

No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.