Churchill has spent the best years of his life preparing impromptu remarks.
Quoted in A Politician Must Watch His Wit by Clayton Fritchley inThe New York Times Magazine (3 July 1960), p. 31.
I have always placed my highest and most permanent hopes upon the eternity of the Communal situation.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead
It would be possible to say without exaggeration that the miners' leaders were the stupidest men in England if we had not frequent occasion to meet the owners.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead
Nature has no cure for this sort of madness, though I have known a legacy from a rich relative work wonders.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead
Judge: You are extremely offensive, young man! Smith: As a matter of fact we both are; and the only difference between us is that I am trying to be, and you can't help it.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead
Judge: What do you suppose I am on the bench for? Smith: It is not for me, Your Honour, to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead
Judge: I've listened to you for an hour and I'm none wiser. Smith: None the wiser, perhaps, my lord but certainly better informed.Smith, F. E., 1st Earl Of Birkenhead