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date: 25 February 2024

George Canning 1770–1827
British Tory statesman, Prime Minister 1827 

  1. In matters of commerce the fault of the Dutch
    Is offering too little and asking too much.
    dispatch, in cipher, to the English ambassador at the Hague, 31 January 1826
    Sir Harry Poland Mr Canning's Rhyming ‘Dispatch’ to Sir Charles Bagot (1905)
  2. A steady patriot of the world alone,
    The friend of every country but his own.
    on the Jacobin
    ‘New Morality’ (1821) l. 113; see Disraeli
  3. Give me the avowed, erect and manly foe;
    Firm I can meet, perhaps return the blow;
    But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
    Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend.
    ‘New Morality’ (1821) l. 209
  4. Away with the cant of ‘Measures not men’!—the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. If the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken, men are everything, measures comparatively nothing.
    speech on the Army estimates, 8 December 1802, in Speeches of…Canning (1828) vol. 2; the phrase ‘measures not men’ may be found as early as 1742 (in a letter from Chesterfield to Dr Chevenix, 6 March); see Burke, Goldsmith
  5. I called the New World into existence, to redress the balance of the Old.
    speech on the affairs of Portugal, in House of Commons 12 December 1826