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Harold MacMillan quotes (27)

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
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A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
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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.
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At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.
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Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.
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He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
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I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
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I read a great number of press reports and find comfort in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting.
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I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy.
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I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.
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If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians.
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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.
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In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
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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.
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It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.
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It's no use crying over spilt summits.
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Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.
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Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
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No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.
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No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
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Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.
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Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
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There might be 1 finger on the trigger, but there will be 15 fingers on the safety catch.
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To be alive at all involves some risk.
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Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.
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We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
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When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.
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