- His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
known as the ‘Balfour Declaration’
letter to Lord Rothschild 2 November 1917
- I do not see why I should break my neck because a dog chooses to run after a nasty smell.
on being asked why he did not hunt
Ian Malcolm Lord Balfour: A Memory (1930)
- I never forgive but I always forget.
R. Blake Conservative Party (1970)
- Nothing matters very much and very few things matter at all.
Clodagh Anson Book: discreet memoirs (1931) ch. 13