Miscellaneous Wit & Wisdom

"The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers." November 18, 1948

"In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable."

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." November 30, 1949, in response to a reporter who asked if he had any fear of death.

"A woman is as old as she looks; a man is as old as he feels; and a boy is as old as he is treated." 1942

"All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me." At reception in Washington D.C., World War II

"Al for All, and All for Al." August 10, 1928

"All babies look like me. But then, I look like all babies."

"This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." Oct 29, 1941 at Harrow School

"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes." 1941

"All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope." 1947

"The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong." 1936

"I hope I shall never see the day when the force of Right is deprived of the Right of Force."

"A modest man, who has much to be modest about." -On Clement Atlee

"Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed."

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

"Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all."

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others."

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." January 1922

"Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others."

"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

"I cannot pretend to feel impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns."

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

"If we open a quarrel between the past and the present we shall find that we have lost the future."

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."

"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."

"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required."

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."

Nancy Astor: "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee." Churchill: "If I were married to you, I"d drink it."

"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room."

"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."

"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."

"Some of them regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is - the strong and willing horse that pulls the whole cart along."

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

"The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult."

"The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning."

"The truth is incontrovertible, manic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is."

"There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true."

"To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day."

"To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often."

"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monsterand fling him to the public."

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else."


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