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  1. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

  2. War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.

  3. War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

  4. We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.

  5. We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.

  6. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.

  7. We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.

  8. We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

  9. We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.

  10. We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

  11. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

  12. We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

  13. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

  14. We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

  15. We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.

  16. We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

  17. What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?

  18. When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

  19. When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.

  20. When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.

  21. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.

  22. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

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