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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."
Success

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

"A strange, a perverted creed that has a queer attraction both for the most primitive and for the most sophisticated societies."

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

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

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

"It's no use crying over spilt summits."

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

"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."

"You can hardly say boo to a goose in the House of Commons now without cries of "Ungentlemanly," "Not fair" and all the rest."
Politics

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

"No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs."

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

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

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

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

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

"To be alive at all involves some risk."

"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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