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Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind.
H G Wells

The first thing I saw was 'A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away'. Anybody who knows me knows my life changed at that moment [on seeing Star Wars]
John Singleton

Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring! [on Dad's Army]
Clive Dunn

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao Tse-Tung

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child
Johann Lavater

They spend their time looking forward to the past.
John Osborne

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
Sir Walter Scott

Raising awareness is the key and getting people to ask the right questions - only they can decide what they do from there.
James Gibbs

I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
Queen Victoria

I'm looking forward to pitting my wits against Mourinho, but I'll need a new coat and a new suit before I go!
Peter Jackson

The few really great - the major novelists... are significant in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life (The Great Tradition)
F R Leavis

A riot is a spontaneous outburst. A war is subject to advance planning.
Richard Nixon

It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families.
Tacitus

If we can stop hooliganism, we can go a long way towards stemming this great tide of people not going to football matches.
Brian Clough

Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.
Mary McCarthy

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
Margaret Mitchell

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.
George Orwell

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
Ambrose Bierce

Women: You can't live with them, and you can't get them to dress up in a skimpy little Nazi costume and beat you with a warm squash or something...
Emo Philips

They're playing with a lot more confidence - there's no doubt about that. They are more match aware [on England]
Glenn McGrath

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Plutarch

I'm dating a woman now who, evidently, is unaware of it
Garry Shandling

Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
Jean Baudrillard

When things start to warm-up, if you can't take the heat then get out of the kitchen.
Anonymous

War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
Karl Von Clausewitz

No one needs an automatic weapon except cowards and criminals and weirdos who have to own one to feel like a man.
John Bryant

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
Max Beerbohm

I wrote somewhere during the Cold War that I sometimes wish the Iron Curtain were much taller than it is, so that you could see whether the development of science with no communication was parallel on the two sides.
Thomas Gold

The first casualty when war comes is truth (speech, 1917)
Hiram Johnson

It's a huge move for me to be going solo, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's also quite nerve-racking having been surrounded by six friends for four years, but I love the new single and other material I've been working on and we're all very supportive of each other.
Rachel Stevens

Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.
Cicero

In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway

Joe Calzaghe showed what a true warrior he is - he has got a great heart and a great chin and I can't tell you what a fantastic performance that was.
Frank Warren

That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
Noel Coward

Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery once the charmer is aware of a mannerism or characteristic that others find charming, it ceases to be a mannerism and becomes an affectation. And good Lord, there is nothing less charming than affectations!
Rex Harrison

Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
McGeorge Bundy

Teenagers travel in droves, packs, swarms. To the librarian, they're a gaggle of geese. To the cook, they're a scourge of locusts. To department stores they're a big beautiful exaltation of larks. all lovely and loose and jingly.
Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.
James Baldwin

Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four
Napoleon Bonaparte

Writing a novel is always something that can be a traumatic experience. But it can be infinitely rewarding too.
Ellen Goodman

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
Agatha Christie

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

After World War II society had to settle back for a moment before it picked up the 20th century.
Stella Blum

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.
Jim Hightower

My team talk was very simple. I said: 'Let's just have an old-fashioned match, get the right result and go out for a few drinks afterwards'. It seemed to work better than all the tactical crap.
Ron Atkinson

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
Thomas Hobbes

The policy supported by Mr Howard is one that we would also commend, on the way to a full abandonment of abortion... We are not going to suggest people support one particular party.
Cormac Murphy O'Connor

The United States basically accepted protection abroad as the price of post-war recovery. Now, that these countries have caught up to our level of prosperity, it is time for them to catch up to our level of openness.
Larry Summers

The question Tony Blair should be reflecting on this weekend is having achieved this, having secured his place in the history of the Labour Party and the history of Britain, whether now might be a better time to let a new leader in who could then achieve the unity we need if we are going to go forward [after Election 2005]
Robin Cook



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