Harold MacMillan

Harold MacMillan

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Author Profession: English Politician
Born: February 10, 1894
Died: December 29, 1986
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.

Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps.

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.

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

To be alive at all involves some risk.

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter.

No man should ever lose sleep over public affairs.

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

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.

Britain's most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.

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

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

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.

If I gave you any thought I probably would. Peter Lorre

I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately. Peter Falk bio

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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