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Harold MacMillan Quotes and Sayings

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A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

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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.
- Harold MacMillan

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

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.
- Harold MacMillan

 

No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.
- Harold MacMillan

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

In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody
is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

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

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
- Harold MacMillan

To be alive at all involves some risk.
- Harold MacMillan

At home, you always have to be a politician;
when you're abroad,
you almost feel yourself a statesman.
- Harold MacMillan

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.
- Harold MacMillan

He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

I have never found, in a long experience of politics,
that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
- Harold MacMillan

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

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

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

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.
- Harold MacMillan

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

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to
fall down for the divine right of experts.
- Harold MacMillan

It's no use crying over spilt summits.
- Harold MacMillan

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

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

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

Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit.
When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
- Harold MacMillan

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

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.
- Harold MacMillan

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

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

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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.

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin


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