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Catherine de' Medici

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...0Catherinede' Catherine de' Medici 1518 – 89 Italian -born queen consort of Henri II of France A false report, if believed during three days, may be of great service to a government. Isaac D'Israeli Curiosities of Literature 2nd series (1849) vol. 2; perhaps apocryphal false report, if believed if believed during three days great service to a ...

John Arbuthnot Fisher

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...0JohnArbuthnot John Arbuthnot Fisher 1841 – 1920 British admiral Sack the lot! on overmanning and overspending within government departments letter to Times , 2 September 1919 sack the lot Never contradict Never explain Never apologize. letter to Times , 5 September 1919; see disraeli Never contradict Never explain Never ...

Catherine de' Medici

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Catherine0de Catherine de' Medici 1518 – 89 Italian -born queen consort of Henri II of France A false report, if believed during three days, may be of great service to a government. Isaac D'Israeli Curiosities of Literature 2nd series (1849) vol. 2; perhaps apocryphal false report, if believed if believed during three days great service to a government Well cut, my son. Now you must sew up again. last words to Henri III, when he told her on her deathbed that an enemy of the throne had been put to death attributed; Honoré de Balzac About...

Cuthbert Morley Headlam

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...0CuthbertMorley Cuthbert Morley Headlam 1876 – 1964 British Conservative politician This Parliament is enough to discourage anyone from entering political life—a vast untutored majority with a helpless minority and an extremely uninteresting Government. diary, 27 March 1933 untutored majority helpless minority uninteresting government Better to break your party on a matter of principle than to let it fall to pieces because you cannot yourself make up your mind what you want to do. diary 2 April 1934 break your party break your party matter of ...

John Arbuthnot Fisher

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...0John0Arbuthnot John Arbuthnot Fisher 1841 – 1920 British naval officer and First Sea Lord The best scale for an experiment is 12 inches to a foot. Memories (1919) best scale for an experiment best scale for an experiment Sack the lot! on government overmanning and overspending letter to Times , 2 September 1919 sack the lot Never contradict Never explain Never apologize. letter to Times , 5 September 1919; see disraeli , hubbard Never contradict never explain Never explain Never ...

Algernon Sidney

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...0Algernon Algernon Sidney 1622 – 83 English conspirator, executed for his alleged part in the Rye House Plot, 1683 Liars ought to have good memories. Discourses concerning Government (1698) ch. 2, sect. 15 liars ought to have good memories ought to have good memories Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small. Discourses concerning Government (1698) ch. 2, sect. 18; see shakespeare men lived like fishes Men lived like fishes great ones devoured the small 'Tis not necessary to light a candle to the sun. Discourses concerning...

Gitta Sereny

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...0Gitta Gitta Sereny 1923 –   Hungarian -born British writer and journalist to the German architect and Nazi government official Albert Speer, who having always denied knowledge of the Holocaust had said that he was at fault in having ‘looked away’: You cannot look away from something you don't know. If you looked away, then you knew. recalled on BBC2 Reputations , 2 May 1996 If you looked away, you knew If you looked away, you ...

Lord Fisher

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...0Lord Lord Fisher 1841 – 1920 British admiral , responsible for the introduction of dreadnought battleships to the Royal Navy Sack the lot! on government overmanning and overspending, specifically in regard to the Navy letter to Times , 2 September 1919 sack the lot Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologize. recommendation for a happy life letter to Times , 5 September 1919 Never contradict never explain Never explain Never ...

Marshal Pétain

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...0Marshal Marshal Pétain 1856 – 1951 French general and statesman , head of state 1940–2. He concluded an armistice with Nazi Germany in 1940 and established the French government at Vichy (effectively a puppet regime for the Third Reich) until 1944 . See also military sayings and slogans To write one's memoirs is to speak ill of everybody except oneself. in Observer 26 May 1946 write memoirs is to speak ill speak ill of everybody...

Potter Stewart

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...0Potter Potter Stewart 1915 – 85 American judge , US Supreme Court justice Newspapers, television networks, and magazines have sometimes been outrageously abusive, untruthful, arrogant, and hypocritical. But it hardly follows that elimination of a strong and independent press is the way to eliminate abusiveness, untruth, arrogance, or hypocrisy from government itself. address to Yale Law School, 2 November 1974, in Hastings Law Journal January 1975 newspapers , television networks outrageously abusive independent ...

Ramsay MacDonald

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...0Ramsay Ramsay MacDonald 1866 – 1937 British Labour statesman , Prime Minister 1924, 1931–5 . On MacDonald: see churchill , lloyd george , nicolson We hear war called murder. It is not: it is suicide. in Observer 4 May 1930 We hear war called murder We hear war called murder it is suicide Tomorrow every Duchess in London will be wanting to kiss me! after forming the National Government, 25 August 1931 Viscount Snowden An Autobiography (1934) vol. 2 every duchess in London wanting to kiss ...

Emmeline Pankhurst

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...0Emmeline Emmeline Pankhurst 1858 – 1928 English suffragette leader; founder of the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903; mother of Christabel pankhurst There is something that Governments care far more for than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy…I say to the Government: You have not dared to take the leaders of Ulster for their incitement to rebellion. Take me if you dare. speech at Albert Hall, 17 October 1912, in My Own Story (1914) through property that we...

John George Lambton, Lord Durham

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...0Lord John George Lambton, Lord Durham 1792 – 1840 English Whig politician £40,000 a year a moderate income—such a one as a man might jog on with . Herbert Maxwell (ed.) The Creevey Papers (1903) vol. 2, from a letter from Mr Creevey to Miss Elizabeth Ord, 13 September 1821 moderate income moderate income as a man might jog on with I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations warring in the bosom of a single state. of Canada Report of the Affairs of British North America (1839) two nations warring two...

Harry S. Truman

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...loses his job depression when you lose yours Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. lecture at Columbia University, 28 April 1959 have an efficient government have an efficient government have a dictatorship To me, party platforms are contracts with the people. Memoirs (1955) vol. 2 party platforms contracts with the people If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military. Memoirs (1955) vol. 2 civilian control control of the military control of the military I didn't fire...

Maximilien Robespierre

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...article 25 institution which does not suppose suppose the people good magistrate corruptible Avoid the ancient insanity of governments: the mania of wishing to govern too much. speech, 10 May 1793; F.-A. Aulard The French Revolution (1910) ancient insanity of governments wishing to govern too much The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. speech, 5 February 1794 revolutionary government liberty against tyranny liberty against tyranny Wickedness is the root of despotism as virtue is the essence of the Republic. in...

Arthur James Balfour

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...0ArthurJames Arthur James Balfour 1848 – 1930 British Conservative statesman , Prime Minister 1902–5 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...

Constitution of the United States

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...0of0the0United0States Constitution of the United States 1787 the first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other persons. article 1, sect. 2 excluding Indians not taxed three fifths of all other...

John Adams

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...0John John Adams 1735 – 1826 American statesman , 2nd President of the US; husband of Abigail adams and father of John Quincy adams . See also last words The law, in all vicissitudes of government…will preserve a steady undeviating course; it will not bend to the uncertain wishes, imaginations, and wanton tempers of men…On the one hand it is inexorable to the cries of the prisoners; on the other it is deaf, deaf as an adder to the clamours of the populace. argument in defence of the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, 4 December...

John Adams

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...0John John Adams 1735 – 1826 American Federalist statesman , 2nd President of the US 1797–1801; husband of Abigail adams and father of John Quincy adams The law, in all vicissitudes of government…will preserve a steady undeviating course; it will not bend to the uncertain wishes, imaginations, and wanton tempers of men…On the one hand it is inexorable to the cries of the prisoners; on the other it is deaf, deaf as an adder to the clamours of the populace. argument in defence of the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, 4 December 1770;...

James Monroe

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...henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. annual message to Congress, 2 December 1823 American continents future colonization by any European powers The Navy is the arm from which our Government will always derive most aid in support of our neutral rights. Every power engaged in war will know the strength of our naval force, the number of our ships of each class, their condition, and the promptitude with which we may bring them into service, and will pay due consideration to that argument. message...

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