If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle them, and, as it were, fondle them. Let them fall open where they will. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas.
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years.
In all the twelve years I was at school no one ever succeeded in making me write a Latin verse or learn any Greek except the alphabet.
By being so long in the lowest form [at Harrow] I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence which is a noble thing. Naturally I am biased in favor of boys learning English; I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat.
Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.
If you want a good argument against democracy, spend five minutes with a voter.
Democracy is an awful way to run a country, but it’s the best system we have.
Those who never change their mind never change anything.
Please tell the Privy Seal that I’m sealed in the privy and I can only deal with one shit at a time.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
In war it does not matter who is right, but who is left.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
In battles two things are usually required of the CommanderinChief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve.
Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.
The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.
When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
I expect you will find that change is the best kind of rest.
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
Leave to the masters of art trained by a lifetime of devotion the wonderful process of picturebuilding and picture creation. Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.