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

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.
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.
Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
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.
The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
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.
A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
We do not intend to part from the Americans and we do not intend to be satellites. I am sure they do not want us to be so. The stronger we are, the better partners we shall be; and I feel certain that as the months pass we shall draw continually closer together with mutual confidence and respect.

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