One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
When we look back on all the perils through which we have passed and at the mighty foes that we have laid low and all the dark and deadly designs that we have frustrated, why should we fear for our future? We have come safely through the worst.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
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.
The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
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.
Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
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.
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
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.
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.