Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, and by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity.
1839 Letter to Henry Bulwer,1 Sep.
We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies.Our interests are eternal, and it is our duty to follow them.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
Diplomats and protocols are very good things, but there are no better peace-keepersthanwell-appointed three- deckers.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
Large republics seem to be essentially and inherently aggressive.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
I therefore fearlessly challenge the verdict which this house?is to give on the question now brought before it?whether, as the Roman, in days of old, held himself free from indignity, when he could say Civis Romanus sum; so also a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him against injustice and wrong.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
You may call it coalition, you may call it the accidental and fortuitous concurrence of atoms?but when gentlemen are in the habit of finding themselves in the same Lobby, it is not unnatural to suppose that they may, under certain circumstances, be ready to unite themselves together for the purpose of forming an Administration and becoming responsible for the opinions that they severally entertain.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
England is one of the greatest powers of the world. No event or series of events bearing on the balance of power, or on probabilities of peace or war, can be matters of indifferencetoher, and herrighttohaveand to express opinions onmattersthusbearingonher interests is unquestionable.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount
We said to the Chinese, 'You have behaved very ill; we have had to teach you better manners; it has cost us something to do it, but we will send our bill in, and you must pay our charges.' That was done, and they have certainly profited by the lesson. They have become free traders too.Palmerston, HenryJohnTemple, 3rd Viscount