When we are returned to power we want to put in the statute book an act which will make our people citizens of the world before they are citizens of this country.
C. R. Attlee, The Labour Party in Perspective (Left Book Club, 1937).
There were few who thought him a starter, Many who thought themselves smarter. But he ended PM , CH and OM , an Earl and a Knight of the Garter.Clement AttleeKenneth Harris, "Attlee" (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1982)Self-penned limerick.
Russian communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.Clement Attlee1956 Speech, Aarhus University,11 Apr.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.Clement AttleeSpeech, Oxford, 14 June 1957.
... the Peace Treaties must be scrapped ... I stand for no more war and no more secret diplomacy.Clement AttleeT.W. Walding (ed.), "Who's Who in the New Parliament:Members and their pledges" (Philip Gee, London, 1922), p. 35.Extract from his 1922 election address.
I am pleased to see from the laughter on the Ministerial benches that there is no implication on their part to take Sir Oswald Mosley too seriously. It can easily be seen to-day that this idea of a dictator is gradually falling down.Clement AttleeThe Times, 14 July 1934, p. 7.Speech in the House of Commons, 13 July 1934, on the Foreign Office estimates. His remarks about dictatorships gradually falling down was a reference to the Night of the Long Knives in Nazi Germany a fortnight before.
We have absolutely abandoned any idea of nationalist loyalty. We are deliberately putting a world order before our loyalty to our own country.Clement AttleeTalus, Your Alternative Government (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1945), p. 17.D. M. Touche, Britain's Lost Victory (London: The Individualist Bookshop, 1941).Speech to the Labour Party Conference in Southport, 2 October 1934.
Not Churchill. Sixty-five, old for a Churchill.Clement AttleeHarold Wilson, "Memoirs 1916-1964: The Making of a Prime Minister" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Michael Joseph, London, 1986), p. 54.At the University College 'gaudy' in Oxford, December 1939, when the dons suggested Winston Churchill should be made Prime Minister.
You will be judged by what you succeed at gentlemen, not by what you attemptClement AttleeOn formation of Government after landslide victory in 1945.
A Tory minister can sleep in ten different women's beds in a week. A Labour minister gets it in the neck if he looks at his neighbour's wife over the garden fence.Clement AttleeHarold Wilson, "Memoirs 1916-1964: The Making of a Prime Minister" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Michael Joseph, London, 1986), p. 121.
I move previous face!Clement AttleeHarold Wilson, "Memoirs 1916-1964: The Making of a Prime Minister" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Michael Joseph, London, 1986), p. 128.To Sydney Silverman, a Labour MP who had arrived back at Parliament with a beard. Echoes the motion "I move previous business" used at Parliamentary Labour Party meetings to end discussion on a topic.
An empty taxi drew up outside 10 Downing Street and Clement Attlee got out of it.Clement AttleeA remark commonly attributed to Winston Churchill; however, Churchill denied the attribution, saying "Mr Attlee is an honourable and gallant gentleman, and a faithful colleague who served his country well at the time of her greatest need. I should be obliged if you would make it clear whenever an occasion arises that I would never make such a remark about him, and that I strongly disapprove of anybody who does."
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