No rising star in the political firmament ever shone more brightly than Oswald Mosley, none promised more surely to soar to the heavens – and none fell to earth with so deadening a thud. Never were such rich talents so wretchedly squandered. Never did success turn to failure so inscrutably.
Michael Foot, Mosley: the rise and fall of a would-be Caesar, Evening Standard, 22 October 1968.
That consecrated combination of private interests and public plunders.Oswald Mosley
Faced with the alternative of saying goodbye to the gold standard, and therefore to his own employment, and goodbye to other people's employment, Mr. Churchill characteristically selected the latter course.Oswald Mosley
We have lost the good old British spirit. Instead we have American journalism and black-shirted buffoons making a cheap imitation of ice-cream sellers.Oswald Mosley
Together in Britain we have lit a flame that the ages shall not extinguish. Guard that sacred flame, my brother Blackshirts, until it illuminates Britain and lights again the paths of mankind.Oswald Mosley
[Fascism] was an explosion against intolerable conditions, against remediable wrongs which the old world failed to remedy. It was a movement to secure national renaissance by people who felt themselves threatened with decline into decadence and death and were determined to live, and live greatly.Oswald Mosley
I am not, and never have been, a man of the right. My position was on the left and is now in the centre of politics.Oswald Mosley
...the old axiom that 'all power corrupts' has doubtful validity, because it derives from our neglect of Plato 's advice to find men carefully and train them by methods which make them fit for heroes.Oswald Mosley
Great men of action never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job.Oswald Mosley
A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity; it is an occupational risk.Oswald Mosley
He is too 'logical' and if he had his way would attempt to presently 'Russianize'...our government.Oswald Mosley
Capable of becoming either Conservative or Labour Prime Minister.Oswald Mosley
Mosley is the only man I have ever known who could have been the leader of either the Conservative or Labour party...he might have been a very great Prime Minister.Oswald Mosley
He is the only living Englishman who could perfectly well have been either Conservative or Labour Prime Minister.Oswald Mosley
He was the only English politician who might easily have become Prime Minister as Conservative, Liberal or Socialist.Oswald Mosley
Did he not appear to you to be a public man of no little courage, no little candour and no little ability.Oswald Mosley
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