Quotations From HAROLD MACMILLAN

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  • 1.
    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 (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, March 7, 1961, London.
  • 2.
    Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, April 29, 1981.

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  • 3.
    Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Jan. 30, 1958, Canberra, Australia.

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  • 4.
    Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, July 20, 1957, Bedford, England. Quoted in Times (London, July 22, 1957). The expression was current in the United States by the end of World War II, and possibly carried over, according to The Dictionary of Catch-Phrases, ed. Eric Partridge, rev. Paul Beale (1985).

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  • 5.
    At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, February 17, 1958, Melbourne, Australia. Quoted in Look (April 15, 1958). During the first visit to Australia by a British prime minister.

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  • 6.
    We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, August 16, 1950, Strasbourg, France.
  • 7.
    The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Feb. 3, 1960, to both houses of the South African Parliament, Cape Town. Pointing the Way (1972).

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  • 8.
    Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Anthony Sampson, The New Anatomy of Britain, ch. 37 (1971).

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  • 9.
    Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Alistair Horne, Macmillan, vol. 2, ch. 20 (1989).
  • 10.
    The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Feb. 3, 1960, to both houses of the South African Parliament, Cape Town. Pointing the Way (1972).

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