- History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen.
speech to the Conservative Party Conference, 19 October 1967
- As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’.
on the probable consequences of immigration
speech in Birmingham, 20 April 1968; see Virgil
- To write a diary every day is like returning to one's own vomit.
interview in Sunday Times 6 November 1977
- For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
in Guardian 3 December 1984
- All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.
Joseph Chamberlain (1977)