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(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the
by Harold MacMillan

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the
cliche and the indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.
Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
- Harold MacMillan

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody
is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

 

If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop.
They should certainly not get it from their politicians.
- Harold MacMillan

No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.
- Harold MacMillan

To be alive at all involves some risk.
- Harold MacMillan

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He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy.
- Harold MacMillan

There might be 1 finger on the trigger,
but there will be 15 fingers on the safety catch.
- Harold MacMillan

I have never found, in a long experience of politics,
that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
- Harold MacMillan

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.
- Harold MacMillan

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.
- Harold MacMillan

It's no use crying over spilt summits.
- Harold MacMillan

If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency.
Decency is very good.
Better decent than indecent.
But I don't think it's enough.
- Harold MacMillan

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance;
beautiful in its way,
but incapable of growth.
- Harold MacMillan

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.
- Harold MacMillan

I was determined that no British government should
be brought down by the action of two tarts.
- Harold MacMillan

Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit.
When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
- Harold MacMillan

It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool,
except a young fool.
But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old
fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
- Harold MacMillan

I read a great number of press reports and find comfort
in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting.
- Harold MacMillan

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead,
it means that the dead are living.
- Harold MacMillan

When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.
- Harold MacMillan

At home, you always have to be a politician;
when you're abroad,
you almost feel yourself a statesman.
- Harold MacMillan

Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.
- Harold MacMillan

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to
fall down for the divine right of experts.
- Harold MacMillan

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

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

Here is my first principle of foreign policy:
good government at home.
- William E. Gladstone

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
- John F. Kennedy

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
- Jimmy Carter

Always there has been some terrible evil at home or
some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble
us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
- Douglas MacArthur

Part of protecting our homeland means being less dependent
on foreign countries for our energy.
- Rod Blagojevich

But we cannot rely on foreign help indefinitely.
- Eduard Shevardnadze

In the end, the Foreign Ministry had no power at all to do anything.
- Lloyd Cutler

I have a sense that many Americans, especially those
like me with European or foreign parents,
feel they have to invent their families just as they
have to invent themselves.
- Philip Levine

Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion.
He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a
domestic policy that is cynical,
myopic and cruel.
- Joe Klein

After an extensive interview he arranged for my weaknesses
in foreign languages to be over-looked and so I started
a Biology degree at Birmingham in 1967.
- Paul Nurse

We are seeing significant growth in foreign investment in Germany.
- Gerhard Schroder

I don't go around trying to stir up foreign wars.
- Conrad Black

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
- Rudyard Kipling

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches,
and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon

Above all, we shall wage no more unilateral,
ill-planned, ill-considered, and ill-prepared invasions
of foreign countries that pose no actual threat to our security.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

It's important to me to work in my own language now and then.
I love English, but you can never learn to master a
foreign language if you're not brought up with it.
- Max von Sydow

I have always said there is only one thing that can bring our nation down -
our dependence on foreign countries for food and energy.
Agriculture is the backbone of our economy.
- John Salazar

I'm a New Wave baby, so I got very stimulated by foreign film.
- Jack Nicholson

Our dependence on foreign energy sources is our Achilles heel,
not just in the realm of diplomacy, but in terms of
our future as the world's economic leader.
- Judy Biggert

There is nothing more foreign to a civilised and democratic
system than preventive detention.
- Robert Bourassa

The means of defense against foreign danger historically
have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
- James Madison

When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army -
writers,
intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
- Antonio Tabucchi

If you're feeling insecure and you need to feel special,
the best place to go is somewhere foreign where people
treat you as special because you're different.
- Kristin Scott Thomas

We need foreign skills to stay competitive.
- Hassanal Bolkiah

I do get a lot of mail.
I get a lot of foreign mail because my mail gets mixed with Emilio Estevez.
- Erik Estrada

I suppose I should learn Lisp, but it seems so foreign.
- Paul Graham

Additionally, borrowing a page from U.S.
foreign policy, I decided to send a message to a government
that was becoming increasingly hostile.
- Timothy McVeigh

Global overcapacity in steel production can no longer be ignored.
Foreign governments' intervention in steel markets
has had a devastating impact on the U.S.
industry.
- Max Baucus

There's something about the Foreign Service that takes the guts out of people.
- Evan G. Galbraith

Iraq is not occupied, but there are foreign forces on its soil,
which is different.
- Jalal Talabani

The heightened public clamor resulting from radio and
television coverage will inevitably result in prejudice.
Trial by television is, therefore, foreign to our system.
- Tom C. Clark

A true world outlook is incompatible with a foreign imperialism,
no matter how high-minded the governing country.
- Wendell Willkie

All of life is a foreign country.
- Jack Kerouac

TIA was being used by real users, working on real data -
foreign data.
Data where privacy is not an issue.
- John Poindexter

Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is
under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help.
- Gordon Sinclair

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet,
respectful tones, but in a foreign language.
You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
- Judith Martin

That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part
and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks
back home doesn't make much sense in the post-colonial world.
- Robyn Davidson

The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace,
the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education,
than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.
- Richard Cobden

I would not rule out going to Israel because I disapprove
of the foreign policy any more than I would refuse
to play in the UK because I disapprove of Tony Blair's foreign policy.
- Roger Waters

In 75 foreign countries, we have a presence in the USDA.
- Mike Johanns

The condition every art requires is,
not so much freedom from restriction,
as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
- Willa Cather

I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs,
no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard.
- Lyndon B. Johnson


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