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Men like Hitler and Stalin and their immediate lieutenants
by 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 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride
in German technical and business skills.
- 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 must admit that history is enjoyable to a large
extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past.
- Douglas Hurd

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

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

A genuinely democratic Iraq might well act as a fresh spur.
- 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 it cannot follow that because weapons and troops
are now being deployed we are bound to go to war.
- Douglas Hurd

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

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

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

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

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

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

I look only to the good qualities of men.
Not being faultless myself,
I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard


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