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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Politician
Nation: English
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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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A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.

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

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

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To be alive at all involves some risk.

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

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

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

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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 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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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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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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