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The first two Prime Ministers whom I served,
by Douglas Hurd

The first two Prime Ministers whom I served,
Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher drew strikingly different
lessons from the Second World War.
- Douglas Hurd

There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride
in German technical and business skills.
- Douglas Hurd

People know they are lacking something,
they are constantly wanting some kind of spiritual guidance.
- Douglas Hurd

Despite this lamentable lack of balance in our education
I do not believe that either children or adults in
my country are permeated by a widespread hostility to Germany.
- Douglas Hurd

 

History provides no precise guidelines.
- Douglas Hurd

There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon -
and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs
of the origins of the First World War.
- Douglas Hurd

A genuinely democratic Iraq might well act as a fresh spur.
- Douglas Hurd

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But it cannot follow that because weapons and troops
are now being deployed we are bound to go to war.
- Douglas Hurd

People are very interested in politics,
they just don't like it labelled politics.
- Douglas Hurd

It was essentially for self defence that we went to
war in Afghanistan and would go to war in Iraq.
- Douglas Hurd

We, Britain and Germany, can neither of us be happy
about our handling of the Iraq war.
- Douglas Hurd

Men like Hitler and Stalin and their immediate lieutenants
cannot plead in defence of their actions that these
were justified by the accepted values of that time.
- Douglas Hurd

It depends on how it is done but what we are drifting into,
which is that people grow up without any sense of a
spiritual dimension to life,
is just impoverishing.
- Douglas Hurd

Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool;
but we should not become its slaves.
- Douglas Hurd

But Germany will always suffer, I fear,
from the intensely dramatic character of the crimes of the Third Reich.
- Douglas Hurd

The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action,
leaving us in Europe divided in its wake.
- Douglas Hurd

We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large
extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past.
- Douglas Hurd

Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain,
derived a distrust which has grown with the years not
just of Germany but of all continental Europe.
- Douglas Hurd

No military timetable should compel war when a successful outcome,
namely a disarmed Iraq may be feasible without war,
for example by allowing more time to the UN inspectors.
- Douglas Hurd

It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess
themselves the pupils of history,
anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching.
- Douglas Hurd

We should be wary of politicians who profess to follow
history while only noticing those signposts of history
that point in the direction which they themselves already favour.
- Douglas Hurd

There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding
is more important and reputable than judgement,
because the principal actors performed in line with
the ideas and values of that time,
not of ours.
- Douglas Hurd

Margaret Thatcher was fearful of German unification
because she believed that this would bring an immediate
and formidable increase of economic strength to a Germany
which was already the strongest economic partner in Europe.
- Douglas Hurd

I may be wrong in that, but not I think in putting the questions.
In our modern democracy the government needs not a
unanimous but a general support for war before it orders our forces to fight.
- Douglas Hurd

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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