Saturday, 22 October 2016



The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.
Lord Macaulay

I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
Lord Macaulay 

What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!
Lord Macaulay

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.
Harry S. Truman

There are two points of view, and it goes right through. Many of your Lordships will remember that it operated in the nursery. How do you treat a cold? One nanny said, "Feed a cold"—she was a neo-Keynesian. Another nanny said, "Starve a cold"—she was a monetarist. 

Harold Macmillan, Earl of Stockton

I recognise that there are always two points of view, mine and one that is probably wrong.
Richard Smith

My favourite Harold Macmillan story is of when the Queen, Mrs. Thatcher and the five living former Prime Ministers had dinner at No. 10 in around 1986 to celebrate its 300th anniversary. As the photograph was being taken James Callaghan said: I wonder what is the collective noun for Prime Ministers. To which Lord Stockton who was 91 instantly replied: a lack of principals.

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