Tuesday, 5 September 2017

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One might as well legalise sodomy as recognise the Bolsheviks.
Winston Churchill to David Lloyd George in 1919.


Every country has the government it deserves.
Joseph de Maistre

Cardinal Mazarin could not suffer unhappy people around him. When he considered employing someone, his first question was, "Is he happy?" This really meant: "Is he lucky?" By means of this, the wise and superstitious Mazarin surrounded himself with the best people in the government.
Memoirs of the Duchess of Orleans, Princess Palatine (so it wasn't Napoleon)


Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
John Stuart Mill (not Burke, to whom John F. Kennedy attributed it).

Johnson had said that he could repeat a complete chapter of The Natural History of Iceland, from the Danish of Horrebow, the whole of which was exactly thus: ‘Chapter LXXII Concerning Snakes: There are no snakes to be met with throughout the whole island.’
James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

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