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Harold MacMillan
February 10, 1894 - December 29, 1986
Nationality: English
Category: Politician
Subcategory: English Politician

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.


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


No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.


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


There might be 1 finger on the trigger, but there will be 15 fingers on the safety catch.


It's no use crying over spilt summits.


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


Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.


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


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


To be alive at all involves some risk.


We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.


He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.


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