Harold Macmillan Best Quotes

Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton OM PC FRS was a British Conservative politician and statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963. Enjoy Harold Macmillan’s best quotes below.

“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.”
“Once the bear’s hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.”
“A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.”
“When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.”
“There might be 1 finger on the trigger, but there will be 15 fingers on the safety catch.”
“To be alive at all involves some risk.”
“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.”
“It is the duty of Her Majesty’s government neither to flap nor to falter.”
“No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.”
“We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.”
“In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.”
“Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.”
“Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.”
“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.”
“If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians.”
“Britain’s most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.”
“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.”
“Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.”
“I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.”
“Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.”
“(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.”
“At home, you always have to be a politician; when you’re abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.”
“It’s no use crying over spilt summits.”
“He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.”
“I read a great number of press reports and find comfort in the fact that they are nearly always conflicting.”

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