Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton

Maurice Harold
Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton
1894
1957

Prime Minister of Great Britian

Author Quotes

He is forever poised between a clich‚ and an indiscretion.

I am MacWonder one moment and MacBlunder the next.

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

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

I'd like that translated, if I may.

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

Indeed, let us be frank about it. Most of our people have never had it so good.

A Foreign Secretary ? and this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretary ? is always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the clich‚ and the indiscretion.

A good wife makes a good husband

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

Although I am still in favor of a National Government in these difficult times, and shall probably be found in the great majority of cases in the Government Lobby, there are some issues that have arisen, or are likely to arise, upon which I am unable to give the Government the support which it has, perhaps, the right to expect from those receiving the Government Whip. It occurs to me, therefore, that it would perhaps be more satisfactory if I was no longer regarded as being among the supporters of the present Administration.

It's no use crying over spilt summits.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.

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

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

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

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

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

Bravery is not really vanity, but a kind of concealed pride, because everybody is watching you.

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First Name
Maurice Harold
Last Name
Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton
Birth Date
1894
Death Date
1957
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Prime Minister of Great Britian