To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.