Quotes and aphorisms (page 10)
For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig! He looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.
Of course, when you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
It is easy for an individual to move through those insensible gradations from left to right, but the act of crossing the Floor is one which requires serious attention. I am well informed on this matter for I have accomplished that difficult process, not only once, but twice.
When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all.
In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.
When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.